Garrett Crochet hadn't played in a professional baseball game until Friday night in Cincinnati, the White Sox first-round pick making the rare jump right from college ball to the majors just three months after being drafted.
There were no minor league games for Crochet to play in this summer. That didn't seem to bother him one bit.
Crochet made an eye-popping big league debut Friday night, throwing some absolute fire in a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth inning at Great American Ballpark. He struck out the first two batters he faced, with six of the 13 pitches he threw hitting triple digits on the radar gun. Two of those pitches registered at more than 101 miles an hour.
Check out this gas.
Crochet, who the South Siders took out of the University of Tennessee with the No. 11 overall pick in June's draft, was brought up from the team's alternate training site in Schaumburg ahead of Friday's game, the playoff-bound White Sox giving the just-drafted Crochet a chance to audition for a spot on their postseason roster. There are just a handful of games remaining on the regular-season schedule in which Crochet can impress, but impress he did Friday night.
Who knows how many more opportunities he'll have over the next week and a half, but with just 13 pitches, he's already given the White Sox something to think about as they construct their playoff roster before their first postseason series in a dozen years starts Sept. 29.