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McNutt Off To Hot Start For Mesa

McNutt Off To Hot Start For Mesa

Friday Oct. 7, 2011
Posted: 6:30 p.m.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox
Trey McNutt had mixed results this season at Double-A Tennessee, a year that could be described as disappointing when considering that he combined to win 10 games at three different levels in 2010.

McNutt, who won five games this season, made his AFL debut Friday afternoon and though he didnt factor in the decision as Mesa dropped a 4-3 decision at Salt River. He pitched three perfect innings, needing only 32 pitches to get through his outing. Twenty of those pitches were strikes as he exited without striking out a batter.

Fellow Cubs pitcher Marcus Hatley wasnt as fortunate. He was charged with the loss after giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth. He allowed a hit and a walk in 1 13 innings and was on the bench watching as Brandon Kloess, who pitched at three levels for the White Sox, induced what could have been a game-ending doubleplay.

Kloess got Nolan Arenado to hit a grounder but second baseman Jack Cunninghams throwing error allowed the winning run to score. Arenado was the first batter Kloess faced.

Josh Vitters went 1-for-4 for Mesa while DJ LeMahieu went hitless in four at-bats though he scored a run. White Sox prospect Brandon Short was had a triple and a walk in three at-bats while Tyler Saladino had a triple in four at-bats.
IBAF WORLD CUP
The undefeated Netherlands handed the United States its second loss of the IBAF World Cup Friday night, earning a 7-5 victory at Remon Cantera Stadium in Aguadulce City, Panama. The Cubs and the White Sox each had players contribute in a positive way after Los Angeles Angels starter Matt Shoemaker allowed seven runs in three innings.

Justin Cassell, who pitched at three levels for the White Sox this season, followed Shoemaker and pitched three scoreless innings. He fanned five and allowed only one hit. Jeff Beliveau, who split the season between Class-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee for the Cubs, then threw two no-hit innings of his own, fanning four.

Sox prospect Andrew Garcia had a pair of hits, drew a walk and scored twice for the US. Teammate Jordan Danks went hitless in a pinch-hitting appearance while former Cubs top pick Brett Jackson went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

The US 3-2 will face Panama on Saturday night at Rod Care Stadium in Panama City while the Dutch improved to 5-0.

Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease still in the minors, but White Sox end of the Jose Quintana trade looking real good right now

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Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease still in the minors, but White Sox end of the Jose Quintana trade looking real good right now

Who won the Jose Quintana trade?

It’s still way too early to actually answer that question. But a trade that seemed so beneficial for both the White Sox and Cubs when it was completed last summer seems to have a South Side lean at the moment, even if it’s a very slight one.

That’s not a knock against Quintana, who faced his former team for the first time Friday afternoon. He’s doing his part in the mission the Cubs acquired him to accomplish. A rocky start that afflicted most of the North Side starting rotation means Quintana’s season-long numbers aren’t dazzling, but he’s been excellent as the Cubs’ division race with the Milwaukee Brewers has heated up, with a 2.10 ERA in his last six starts heading into Friday’s Crosstown opener.

They acquired him to help them win another World Series, and he’s pitching well enough as the postseason nears to be a big piece of that equation this October.

But the team that traded Quintana away probably isn’t having second thoughts at the moment. While the return pieces in the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades haven’t exactly hit the big leagues in dominant fashion — the ceilings of Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez are all still very high — the two biggest return pieces in the Quintana trade are perhaps the two biggest reasons to be excited about the White Sox future at the moment.

Eloy Jimenez is being discussed as a superstar in waiting. His eventual promotion to the majors was the biggest discussion topic of the season, and though it didn’t end up happening in 2018, it doesn’t figure to be long into the 2019 campaign before he’s playing big league ball.

He lit the minors on fire this season with a .337/.384/.577 slash line and 22 home runs in 108 games split between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. After being promoted to Triple-A, he posted a .355/.399/.597 slash line and 12 homers in 55 games. He’s currently ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the game.

Dylan Cease, meanwhile, was good enough to be named MLB Pipeline’s minor league pitcher of the year. He posted a 2.40 ERA with 160 strikeouts in 23 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. That includes a sparkling 1.72 ERA in 10 starts following a midseason promotion to Double-A. He went to the Futures Game and pitched in the ninth inning on that All-Star stage.

Coming into the season, Cease was maybe the fourth most highly thought of White Sox pitching prospect, trailing Kopech, Alec Hansen and Dane Dunning — not to mention big leaguers Giolito and Carlos Rodon. But where the question then was whether Cease could find a place in a crowded rotation of the future, the question now is: Could he lead it? Cease’s magnificent 2018 has sparked thoughts of him being the pitcher with the greatest promise in the organization.

And so that sounds like a pretty good state of the trade for the White Sox. Of course, the win-now Cubs probably feel similarly about their end of the deal, Quintana’s performance of late helping to answer what was a glaring question earlier in the season.

It’s worth repeating that it’s extremely early to be making any definitive statements about the “winner” of this deal. It’s also very early to be able to say with certainty what impact Jimenez and Cease will finally have when they reach the majors. The two most exciting White Sox youngsters at this time last season were Moncada and Kopech, and while the organization still thinks the world of both, fan expectations have shifted as Moncada’s first full big league season has been an up-and-down one and Kopech is days removed from Tommy John surgery that will wipe out his 2019.

In other words, things can change. And fast.

But right now, Jimenez and Cease are arguably the two brightest parts of the White Sox future. There’s plenty of questions to be answered over the coming years, but in the moment, the South Side half of this win-win deal is living up to the billing.

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