Philip Humber gave up five runs in five innings, walking four with three strikeouts and two home runs allowed as the White Sox fell to Toronto by a score of 9-5. Humber's ERA sits at 5.68 and he's walking exactly two more batters per nine innings this season than he did in 2011. After the game, Humber discussed his struggles with the media:
Before moving on to the second day of the draft, a few looks back at the first-round selection of Courtney Hawkins: The White Sox are thinking long-term with him and Keon Barnum, and Hawkins discussed growing up watching Frank Thomas.
Day 2 of the MLB Draft saw the White Sox take nine pitchers, three middle infielders, one catcher and one first baseman -- a pretty clear pattern of trying to bolster depth on the mound and at second base and shortstop, the latter two of which are lacking. Click here for analysis, video and notes on the picks.
Around the division: Carlos Santana returned to the Indians' lineup at DH as Cleveland beat Detroit 4-2, people are way too reactionary regarding Jim Leyland, and -- this is serious -- Bruce Chen and Francisco Liriano were locked in a pitcher's duel, with Chen and the Royals getting the better of Minnesota in a 1-0 win.
The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.
The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.
The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.
While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page — 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \— Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.
Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:
And this may explain why Vieira was even available:
Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.
What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return?
This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:
Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."
After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat.
The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game.
Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League.
With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100.
It may be Avi Time in Oakland.