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The White Sox Young Arms Are Beginning To Flourish

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The White Sox Young Arms Are Beginning To Flourish

The Chicago White Sox rebuild is definitely moving faster than the front office expected, and even faster than most fans probably predicted. The number of impact prospects Rick Hahn has been able to acquire since he traded Chris Sale is absolutely astounding. The White Sox young arms are beginning to flourish in the big leagues.

So far the White Sox have seen prospects Reynaldo Lopez, Carson Fulmer, and Lucas Giolito come to the majors and put on a show. Between the three of them, they have racked up a total of 12 quality starts.

Lucas Giolito

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The most recent quality start came on September 24th, when Lucas Giolito threw his 5th quality start of the season. He went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts, which earned him a win. Giolito’s recent success can be attributed to the control of his secondary pitches. In recent outings, his curveball has found the zone consistently. He looked fantastic in his start against the Tigers back in August. Over his last 3 starts, Giolito is 2-1 with 3 quality starts. His lone loss coming against the AL West leading Houston Astros. In the month of September, Giolito has 21 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.03 and a 2.49 ERA.

Reynaldo Lopez

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Reynaldo Lopez also had a good performance in his last start. He went 6.1 innings in a win against Kansas City. Although he gave up 6 runs, only 2 were earned. Another possibly concerning part of his performance was that he wasn’t able to strikeout a single batter. This might be a troubling trend as Lopez has only 2 strikeouts over his last 3 starts (19.1 innings). This shouldn’t be too big of a concern yet though, as he has been able to strikeout 6+ batters a game in previous outings. On a brighter note, Lopez has only given up 2 walks in his last 3 starts. Over his last 3 starts, Lopez has a 3-0 record with 2 quality starts. In the month of September Lopez has 11 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.31 and a 3.73 ERA.

Carson Fulmer

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Carson Fulmer’s last start ended after just 3 batters due to a blister on his finger. When a pitcher has a blister it causes them to lose the feeling when they grip the baseball. This can cause a pitcher’s control to go awry. Fulmer had to exit the game early, but he should be back in action soon. However, Fulmer’s two starts prior were excellent. His performance on September 10th against the Giants was fantastic. He had 9 strikeouts and 6 of those strikeouts came against the first 6 batters of the game. Aside from those starts, Fulmer also had 2 bullpen appearances, in which he looked strong, allowing only 1 hit in both appearances. Over his last 3 starts, Fulmer has a record of 1-0 with 2 quality starts. In the month of September Fulmer has 17 strikeouts a WHIP of 1.00 and a 1.59 ERA.

The Future

The month of September has definitely shown that the White Sox young arms are starting to flourish. Fulmer, Giolito, and Lopez are all 23 years old and have bright futures. The way they have pitched recently gives a glimpse at the possibility of a top starting rotation in the seasons to come. Even though all 3 starters have been excellent so far, nobody is safe. With guys like Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning, AJ Puckett, Dylan Cease and Alec Hansen among others developing in the minors, plus Carlos Rodon in the majors, that starting rotation is going to be difficult to fit into.