The Chicago White Sox has a very good pitching staff. The bullpen is loaded with studs like Liam Hendriks, Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly, Garrett Crochet, Aaron Bummer, and Kendall Graveman. They have guys like Reynaldo Lopez and Dallas Keuchel who could be back and forth between that awesome pen and the rotation which is also very nice.
Speaking of the rotation, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech, and Lance Lynn are the top four in that unit right now. It is a very good group that could form one of the best rotations in the sport. They don’t have Carlos Rodon anymore so adding just one more great starter could help.
On Sunday, it came out that they signed Vince Velasquez to a one-year deal. It is an interesting signing for the White Sox. He is clearly not the shoo-in number five guy but it is still a good bet. His numbers aren’t good but the White Sox can try and fix him.
He has very good stuff but he just needs to work on his command. That is something that Ethan Katz has been a wizard with over the past few years. Once he gets his hands on Velasquez, he might be able to help him turn his career around.
The Chicago White Sox have added to their starting rotation this weekend.
Velasquez spent time with the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and the San Diego Padres in his career before making his way to the White Sox. Now, he is going to try to get back to the Major League level and make an impact.
The White Sox are the perfect team for him to try and get things going for himself. It is the type of deal where he could be playing in some big games if he figures it out so he could really turn that into motivation. There are also a lot of players that can help him grow his game.
You can believe that this isn’t “the” move for the White Sox in terms of their pitching. They are still going to try and add more but there is another reason to appreciate the signing. It never hurts to have too much pitching when you are as good as the White Sox are right now.
The bottom fell out of the pitching staff in the postseason so seeing Velasquez come in and be there could help them one day. There are a lot of other pitchers to consider via trade or free agency so this should really be fun.
If Velasquez thrives under Katz, this would go down as one of the smarter decisions ever made by the team. It isn’t a lock but we can expect Velasquez to have a legit shot at pitching for them this season.