The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.
Dunning, the 23-year-old right-handed hurler, is one of several exciting young names mentioned as a potential member of the starting rotation of the future for the White Sox.
Dunning was acquired in last winter's deal with the Washington Nationals, with the White Sox sending Adam Eaton to the nation's capital in exchange for three potential rotation pieces in Dunning, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. The latter two are already at the big league level, while Dunning is expected to spend 2018 continuing to develop in the minors.
A Florida native, Dunning has had great success in the lower levels of the minor leagues so far. A first-round pick of the Nationals in 2016, he put up a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 innings of work in eight starts in his first year as a pro. In 2017, he split time between Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem, finishing the season with a 2.94 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 144 innings in 26 starts. He threw a pair of complete-game shutouts last year.
As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Dunning rated as the No. 8 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Get to know Dunning in the video above.
Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.
Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.
Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.
Class A Winston-Salem
The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.
Class A Kannapolis
Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.
Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.
With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.
Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: