Another White Sox pitcher turns heads
|Last name||Position||Team||ESPN Clean%|
|Dylan cease||SP||Chicago White Sox||37.3|
|Cole irvin||SP||Oakland Athletics||16.3|
|Shane mcclanahan||SP||Tampa Bay Rays||19.4|
|Luis Garcia||SP||Houston Astros||3.9|
|Framber Valdez||SP||Houston Astros||29.2|
|Nate Pearson||SP||Toronto Blue Jays||21.3|
1. Dylan Cease | SP | Chicago White Sox
This isn’t the first time we’ve taken this route with Dylan Cease. At this point, however, it’s impossible not to align it. His start may have been overshadowed by that of Carlos Rodon, but he was pretty solid in his own right. Thanks to 30.1 innings pitched, Cease has a 2.37 ERA with 40 strikeouts and just two homers. His biggest problem is his command, as he also made 15 walks. Nonetheless, his FIP is still just 2.81. Its average output speed, HardHit%, xwOBA, XSLG, K%, Whiff%, and Chase Rate all fall in the 70th percentile or above. His spin rates and movements were absolutely bonkers, which led to an increased ability to induce weak contact or to swing and miss hitters. Really, the only blow was the walks. If he can maintain that movement and find a little more area control, he will be almost untouchable.
2. Cole Irvin | SP | Oakland Athletics
I continue to leave Irvin off this list, and he continues to present well. In his last four starts, Irvin has given up just four earned runs and struck out 29 runs in 25.1 innings pitched. Even with a .323 BABIP, opponents only hit .232 and OPSing .568. Some of his advanced metrics, such as an average 17th percentile exit speed and 17th percentile% Whiff, indicate regression is likely for Cole Irvin. However, I recommend you take him for the following reason: His next handful of starts could come against Minnesota, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle, Seattle and Colorado. Sounds a lot like a high-end contender to me after continuing to look good for a few more starts.
3. Shane McClanahan | SP | Tampa Bay Rays
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there’s another Tampa Bay launch prospect that has done the job of replacing the hottest names. His name is Shane McClanahan, and he’s number four in Tampa, and it’s worth taking a look. The flamethrower southpaw showed off all the nasty stuff that has so many Tampa fans excited about his presence on the major league roster. He gave up seven hits and two earned runs in his first eight innings in the big leagues, while striking out 10 and hitting three numbers with his four seams and eclipsing 90 with his slider. The only concern, especially in points leagues where wins matter, is that Tampa Bay could limit their innings as they rarely go five full innings to qualify for a win. If he had a longer leash, however, as the season unfolded he could be a real asset to your fantastic team if he manages to maintain his early season success.
4. Luis Garcia | SP | Houston Astros
Here’s your two-start streaming option for the week. No, it’s not Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier or Forrest Whitley. He’s yet another promising young pitcher coming out of the Houston farming system. Signed as an international free agent in 2017, Garcia has looked promising so far in his young major league career spanning 37 innings in 2020 and 2021. So far this year, Garcia has a 3.28 ERA. in 24.2 innings pitched, with 28 strikeouts for nine goals. . At just 24, Garcia is knocking out hitters, generating jumps and misses, and is well above par in terms of average exit speed. What more could you ask for? Plus, he’s lined up for two starts against the Angels and against the Rangers over the weekend. Beware though, as he is a prime candidate to leave the bullpen with the return of Framber Valdez.
5. Framber Valdez | SP | Houston Astros
Now, let’s turn our attention to one of the other promising young pitchers in the Houston organization. Valdez really appeared to establish himself as a quality pitcher in the major leagues in 2020, finishing with a 3.57 ERA in 70.2 innings with 76 strikeouts and 16 goals. What would typically be an express train bound for 2021 came to an abrupt end when he broke his finger during spring training, forcing those who were eager to recruit him to hold back. However, he throws the mound and by all accounts is ahead of his rehab schedule. Reporting-wise, Valdez could face some live hitting relatively soon, which would put him on track to eventually return to May.
6. Nate Pearson | SP | Toronto Blue Jays
Much like Valdez, Nate Pearson could consider a 2021 season start as early as this month. In fact, Toronto’s number one prospect is ahead of Valdez when it comes to his quest to make his debut for his respective major league club. On Tuesday, May 4, Pearson made his first start for the Buffalo Bison, striking out eight and allowing one earned run in 3.2 innings of work. He threw 78 throws, including 53 for strikes. It was his first playing action since 2020, as a pre-season adductor sprain stopped him a bit. By the time you read this, there’s a good chance you can see how her second appearance went. Needless to say, the promising rehab debut indicates Pearson could join the major league roster fairly quickly. There’s a reason he’s Toronto’s best prospect, and he won’t be on the free agent list for very long.