After four dominant outings with the Winston-Salem Dash, Dane Dunning is on the rise in the White Sox farm system.
The minor league baseball season isn't even a month old yet, but Dunning got his first promotion of the season Thursday, heading from Class A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham, becoming the first of the White Sox highly ranked prospects to get a promotion in 2018.
Dunning was stellar in his four starts with the Dash this month, striking out 31 guys and turning in a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings. It was a strong follow up to the 22 starts he made there last season, when he had a 3.51 ERA and finished with 135 strikeouts.
Dunning is the lone pitcher acquired in the Adam Eaton trade with the Washington Nationals not on the White Sox big league roster, with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez currently part of the major league rotation.
Dunning is currently ranked as the organization's No. 6 prospect and the No. 92 prospect in baseball. With this being a developmental season for the White Sox as the rebuild moves toward the day when the team is planned to be an annual contender, expect a lot more announcements like this one as the summer rolls on.
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.