Tanner Banks was outstanding in White Sox spring outing

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Sometimes, it is nice to see some players come out of nowhere to have success in spring training. It is oftentimes unlikely that they will ever be full-time Major League Baseball players so seeing them compete here is of max excitement for them. The Chicago White Sox have had a few of those lately.

We saw a lot of that with Tanner Banks in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon. They had a lot of their star players in the lineup facing Banks early in the game and he fared very well.

He threw for 2.0 innings. In the first inning, he struck out the side which included studs like Trea Turner, Max Muncy, and Austin Barnes. He struck out Cody Bellinger to start the second inning to get his total up to four in a row.

His only blemish was a walk to Gavin Lux in that second inning when he walked Gavin Lux. He ended up getting out of the inning with a fifth strikeout and no hits against. It was about as perfect of a two-inning outing as you can expect from him.

The Chicago White Sox like having players make a name for themselves in the spring.

The White Sox went on to win the game by a final score of 8-6. Due to some pitching blemishes that came from those after him, the White Sox had to make somewhat of a comeback in the game to win so Wes Benjamin was credited with the win.

Seeing pitchers like this have success is good news. Sometimes, it is luck but other times it can be proof that Ethan Katz knows what he is doing. He has the ability to take guys with good stuff and help them command it in order to see results.

So far this spring, Banks has had two outings where he has pitched a total of four innings. He has six strikeouts total with a 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. The sample size is small but the 30-year-old has shown good signs here since the lockout ended.

Seeing where Banks goes from here is going to be interesting. It isn’t often that you get to strike out former all-stars like Turner, Bellinger, and Muncy so he has to be proud of that part. He should see more time in spring training as the White Sox move along. Hopefully, he is able to continue having success for himself and impressing people.

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