Chris Beck began transitioning from being a full-time starter to more of a swingman role over the course of 2016, and the results were less than impressive. Most of his time was spent at Triple-A Charlotte, where he was only able to muster a mediocre 4.21 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. Things didn't get better during brief stints with the big league club, as his ERA spiked up to 6.39 due to a retched 6.0 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9. The right-hander was mauled by left-handed hitters to the tune of a .385 BAA while he proceeded to walk more lefties than he struck out. Beck is still only 26 years old and his numbers in the minors (prior to this season) showed promise, so there's still some hope that he rights the ship. He could even vie for an Opening Day roster spot, but Beck will likely be limited to the middle innings for the foreseeable future.
Beck was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. The 26-year-old's biggest hope of cracking the Opening Day roster was dwindling after being passed over by many of the White Sox's top starting pitching prospects, but Beck punched his ticket to the minor leagues by allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits in just 7.1 innings pitched this spring. He does have some major league experience to his name as well as a bit of success against Triple-A hitters, so he could wind up in the Windy City later this season.
Beck will be one of several relievers looking to fill out the White Sox bullpen in 2017. Beck, a minor-league starter who began to transition to the bullpen in 2016, had a couple of stints in Chicago's bullpen last season, but was barely perceptible on fantasy radars. Lefty batters raked against him (1.115 OPS) and his control was putrid (6.0 BB/9). The team is pretty much set in the rotation and have several recent draftees and prospects that have moved ahead of Beck in terms of starting depth. If he's to head north with the White Sox in April, it will be as a reliever, but as one that can pitch to hitters on both sides of the plate.
Beck has been recalled by the White Sox on Friday from Triple-A Charlotte. Beck has spent time with both Triple-A Charlotte and Chicago this season, pitching a combined 73 innings. Since being sent back down to Triple-A on July 10, Beck has pitched 10 innings, giving up just 3 runs while striking out 10. Beck has been used mainly as a reliever this year, starting only seven of his 28 appearances.
The White Sox have optioned Beck to Triple-A Charlotte after their game on Sunday against the Braves. Beck has struggled in limited relief action with the White Sox this season, compiling an 8.10 ERA with seven walks in 6.2 innings. The 25-year-old will head back to Triple-A Charlotte where he's pitched in 15 games, starting seven and relieving eight.
Beck was recalled by the White Sox on Tuesday. With Zach Putnam landing on the disabled list Tuesday, the White Sox recalled Beck to take his place out of the bullpen for the time being. Beck has worked as both a starter and a reliever at Triple-A Charlotte this season, so he could provide value as a long reliever should a Chicago starter fail to go deep into their respective outing. That said, Beck's numbers at Triple-A (4.47 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) don't inspire much confidence in his fantasy upside.