SAN DIEGO — Carson Fulmer played alongside White Sox first-rounder Zack Collins for Team USA two years ago.
He has a piece of advice for opposing minor-league pitchers.
“He can swing it,” Fulmer said. “Don’t leave it over the middle of the plate.”
The White Sox used the 10th pick in last month’s amateur draft to select Collins from University of Miami. The catcher, who also last month won the Johnny Bench Award, boasts one of the bigger bats and better approaches of the draft class, according to several analysts.
Fulmer, whom the team selected with the eighth pick in the 2015 draft, likes the addition of Collins. The two Floridians played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2014.
“You get a quality guy and a quality player,” Fulmer said before the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday afternoon. “He’s going to bring it any time he steps to the plate and any time he steps on the field. Knowing Zack, he’s a really good guy to have around in the clubhouse, and that’s an important thing to have to win.”
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.