If Vieira is called upon to pitch in the nightcap, it will be his first appearance of the season and the second of his career. The 25-year-old is a classic relief prospect, with a big fastball and questionable command. He has a 4.40 ERA in 30.2 innings for Triple-A Charlotte this season, striking out an impressive 30 percent of batters while walking a far too high 15 percent.
Vieira was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
Vieira was a long-shot to crack the White Sox bullpen out of spring training given that he only has 17.2 innings at Triple-A to his name. He has plenty of upside, however. Vieira routinely hits triple digits with his fastball and keeps the ball in the park (never produced an HR/9 above 0.6 in the minors). He may be starting the year in Triple-A, but he could find himself back in Chicago later in the season if he proves himself against the most advanced minor-league hitters.
Vieira only appeared in one major-league game for Seattle this past season, striking out one during a clean inning against the Orioles in mid-August. The 24-year-old spent a majority of the year in Double-A, but also pitched in 12 games with Triple-A Tacoma once he received a call-up in July. Vieira has a big arm, and can regularly hit triple digits during his relief appearances. It seems possible that he will start the 2018 season in Triple-A, but he should be a member of Chicago's bullpen in due time.
Vieira was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
The Mariners needed room on the roster for Tuesday's starter, Andrew Albers, and Vieira was the resulting roster casualty. He looked sharp in his big-league debut, so he'll likely be back with the Mariners at some point later in the year. For now, he'll head back to Triple-A, where he owns a 3.18 ERA in 11.1 innings.
Vieira fired a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's 11-3 loss to the Orioles.
The flamethrowing reliever's first majors appearance was one of the few highlights for the Mariners on an otherwise miserable night. Vieira has regularly touched triple digits on the radar gun in the minors and replicated the feat during Monday's 10-pitch outing. While it remains to be seen if he'll stick with the big-league club for the balance of the campaign, the 24-year-old undeniably brings an abundance of strikeout potential.
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