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White Sox Acquire Thyago Vieira, Mariners No. 8 Prospect

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White Sox Acquire Thyago Vieira, Mariners No. 8 Prospect

The Trade

The White Sox acquire Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for $500k in international signing bonus pool money. The White Sox are continuing to acquire more young talent this off-season. As the Sox are currently in a rebuilding stage, Rick Hahn is adding as many possible prospects in the Chicago White Sox organization as possible.

Who is Thyago Vieira?

Thyago Vieira is a 24-year-old fireballer coming from the Mariners farm system. rated him as the Mariners No. 8 prospect. He spent almost all of last year in the minor leagues. Between Double-A and Triple-A last year he posted a 2-4 record with a 4.00 ERA 22 walks and 46 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched. He also recorded 4 saves over that span.

His fastball can consistently hit north of 98 MPH and occasionally touches 102 MPH. He throws a curveball that has an impressive sinking action. Last season he was noted for having much-improved control. This is a plus that will help accelerate his path to the major leagues. Vieira also has a sharp slider that he occasionally uses to keep hitters guessing at the plate.

Scouts have stated that Viera has a strong chance of being a closer in the future. Due to the trade, it will likely be a dogfight between him and Burdi for the closer spot once Burdi is healthy. Fans should be excited to have Burdi and Vieira as potential back-end bullpen guys for the future.

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