General manager Rick Hahn said Monday that the White Sox won't "rush" Cease to the big leagues, but noted the right-hander is "not too far away" from receiving a promotion from Triple-A Charlotte, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Service-time concerns are probably the main reason why Cease has yet to make his MLB debut, as the White Sox have already lost a key rotation piece in Carlos Rodon (elbow) for the season and own the sixth-worst starters' ERA (5.36 ERA) in baseball, despite Lucas Giolito's emergence as a bona fide ace. Cease has stumbled a bit over his last few turns at Triple-A, but his 4.10 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 59:22 K:BB in 52.2 innings are still largely impressive after factoring in the enhanced power environment in the International League this season. Before giving Cease a long-awaited promotion, the White Sox may want to see him bounce back from his worst outing of the season Sunday, when he failed to escape the first inning while yielding two hits and three walks.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Cease could be up in the majors around the All-Star break, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. When asked about using Cease in a spot start to replace Manny Banuelos earlier this week, Hahn expressed patience with the talented right-hander. "Putting yourself in position to win one specific game at the expense of the longer-term development of a player you feel has a chance to be a premium guy doesn't make a lot of sense to us right now," said the general manager. Cease won his most recent start Thursday, allowing one run while striking out seven in six innings, the third start in the last four he's lasted six innings. The 23-year-old is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA over 40 innings at Triple-A Charlotte. "Dylan is doing a real nice job building in Triple-A, and you've seen how offensive Triple-A has become - it makes what he's done there more impressive," Hahn added.
The White Sox will not call up Cease as a replacement for the injured Carlos Rodon (elbow), Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The White Sox will have Dylan Covey fill Rodon's spot in the rotation for now and may consider options outside the organization, but the club does not want to rush its top-ranked pitching prospect. Cease is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 30:7 K:BB over five starts spanning 24.1 innings at Triple-A Charlotte.
Cease limited Triple-A Gwinnett to two runs over six innings while striking out a career-high 11 for Charlotte in a 4-2 loss Tuesday. He gave up five hits and one walk in the outing. Cease opened the campaign with back-to-back starts of five shutout innings, but had been charged with 11 runs (seven earned) over his subsequent two turns. The right-hander ended the rough spell with a brilliant showing Tuesday, which included three perfect innings to lead off the start. The White Sox will probably want to see Cease string together a few more quality performances in a row before giving him his first big-league callup at some point this summer.
Cease (2-0) allowed two hits and one walk while striking out four over five scoreless innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday against Indianapolis. Cease's transition to Triple-A ball has been smooth. The right-hander has struck out nine and walked one over 10 scoreless innings.
Last 7 Games