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Top White Sox MiLB moments of 2018: Dylan Cease wins MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year

Top White Sox MiLB moments of 2018: Dylan Cease wins MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year

With the White Sox season over, we're looking back on the top 10 moments of the club's minor league season. We'll unveil one per day for 10 days, showcasing each moment in chronological order.

The moment: Dylan Cease is named MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year, Sept. 6

Cease had a dominant 2018 between two levels, Single-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. MLB Pipeline gave him the honor as the top pitcher in the minors this year, capping off his standout season with an award against tough competition.

Cease's season: The fact that Cease was (and still is) the other prospect the White Sox received in the Jose Quintana trade shows just how good Eloy Jimenez has been. That said, Cease is building quite a resume.

The Cubs drafted him in the sixth round in 2014 knowing he would need Tommy John surgery. He showed strikeout stuff right away, but struggled with his control. Cease has shown improvement in his command with the White Sox.

Cease piled up 82 strikeouts against 28 walks in 71 2/3 innings with Winston-Salem this year. That marked the best walk rate of his minor-league career and helped earn him a promotion to Birmingham.

Once there, Cease gave up five runs in his Double-A debut and then gave up five earned runs combined in his final nine starts of 2018. Cease only allowed more than one run once the rest of the way (when he gave up three runs in five innings). His overall numbers with the Barons were impressive enough, but he had a 0.94 ERA over his final nine starts.

Cease struck out 78 against 22 walks in 52 1/3 innings while allowing a paltry .168 batting average in Double-A. The walks creeped up a bit again so there's still some work to do on that front, but Cease's swing-and-miss stuff makes him a high-profile pitching prospect.

The fact that Cease has done all this after going through TJS should give White Sox fans confidence that Michael Kopech could do the same after his surgery, even if it will require time and patience. The White Sox remained conservative with Cease, shutting him down a week before the end of the season to manage his workload. Cease has gone from 24 innings to 44 2/3 to 93 1/3 to 124 innings in his four years in the minors.

He could start 2019 in Triple-A Charlotte and be in the majors sometime in the second half of the season if all goes well. Entering 2018, there had been some talk of Cease moving to the bullpen in the majors, but his dominant 2018 has penciled him into any future White Sox rotations.

White Sox Podcast: Joc Pederson to the White Sox?

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White Sox Podcast: Joc Pederson to the White Sox?

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss the rumor that the White Sox have been in talks with the Dodgers about acquiring outfielder Joc Pederson.

-Good move? Bad move? (1:30)

-What should the White Sox give up for Pederson? (8:30)

-Plus, don't overlook the moves the White Sox have already made this offseason (17:20)

-Why Dane Dunning and Zack Burdi didn't get an invite to White Sox spring training (19:40) and

-Previewing SoxFest (23:15)

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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White Sox & Hall of Famers Cross Paths

White Sox & Hall of Famers Cross Paths

Today is one of my favorite days of the year; the day where the Hall of Fame results are announced. I’m all in favor of a big Hall; I enjoy celebrating the greatness of players, so the more, the merrier. Today we welcome four new members to Cooperstown. 

None of the four ever played for the White Sox, so there’s no White Sox highlights piece to write. However… what about notable games, moments or milestones where the White Sox intersect with one of the newly elected Hall of Famers? 

Below are nine of those.

September 12, 1987
By the time Edgar Martínez entered the game in the 6th inning (as a pinch runner for Jim Presley), Seattle was comfortably ahead by the score of 11-1. His first plate appearance came two innings later when he fouled out against Sox reliever Ray Searage. Welcome to the Majors, Mr. Martínez. It was his Major League debut.

August 4, 1991
The White Sox beat the Orioles 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel at New Comiskey Park. The difference in the score – just one run. The difference in the age of the starting pitchers – over 20 years. Charlie Hough (age 43 years, 211 days) tossed a complete game shutout. Mike Mussina (age 22 years, 239 days) took a tough loss… it was his Major League debut.
By the way, the lone run was a Frank Thomas solo homer in the 6th inning. The Big Hurt went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk against Mussina. This would become a theme. He homered more against Mussina (9 times) than any other pitcher throughout his Hall of Fame career.

July 4, 1995
The White Sox lost 4-1 against the Yankees on Independence Day. The lone run they scored was a John Kruk RBI single in the 9th inning off Yankees closer John Wetteland. The Yankee starter that day tossed 8 scoreless innings and struck out 11. It was the only 10+ strikeout performance of Mariano Rivera’s career.

May 2, 2003
Edgar Martínez went 2 for 4 with a walk against the White Sox in a 9-2 win at US Cellular Field. 
The second hit, a 6th inning single off Gary Glover, was the 2,000th hit of his MLB career.

April 11, 2004
The White Sox scored three runs in the top of the first inning in the Bronx off Yankees starter Mike Mussina.
It wasn’t enough. The New Yorkers clawed back and won the game 5-4. It was Mussina’s 200th career win.

July 16, 2006
Mariano Rivera became the 4th member of the 400-save club in a 6-4 win over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. It was the 11th and final time he had a save of at least 2 innings during the regular season (his first 2-inning save was also against the White Sox on August 14, 1996).

August 8, 2006
Paul Konerko, born in Providence, Rhode Island, set a monumental record on this day. With his 237th home run, he passed Gabby Hartnett for the all-time record for career home runs by players born in the smallest US state. The White Sox were playing the Yankees at home, and the record-setting blast handed Mariano Rivera a blown save, tying the game at 5 in the bottom of the 9th.

May 31, 2007
Mark Buehrle tossed a complete game two-hitter, walking none at the Rogers Centre, which was great except for two things: 
First, both hits were solo home runs. Second, opposing starter Roy Halladay allowed no runs in his seven innings. The Jays won 2-0 and Halladay earned career win number 100.

July 28, 2007
Speedster Jerry Owens played 129 career games – all with the White Sox. 
He also hit one career home run… a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 7th inning to break a scoreless tie. The pitcher? Roy Halladay. It would be the only two runs of a 2-0 White Sox win over the Blue Jays at US Cellular Field.