Alright, so we have Odrisamer Despaigne on the bump tonight. Who is he? Well, he’s basically a journeyman who has now been on five teams since 2014. Of course, he’s throwing for the Sox tonight because we can’t call up Dylan Cease until he works on his defense. Or wait…that was Eloy Jimenez. Outside of Cease’s poor performance yesterday (0.2 innings, 4 ER), he has looked pretty dang serviceable at a major league level. What’s the hold up now? For one, the Sox can now use yesterday’s performance as an excuse to not call him up for a week or so. How long can kicking the can down the road actually last? Dylan Covey is a distant second-best starter on the MLB team. Then you have Ivan Nova, Manny Banuelos, Fred Astaire, etc. I mean really, Cease seems to be the only viable option at this point. After yesterday, his ERA blossomed to 4.10, but it was around 3.44 before the game. I totally understand letting players develop, but eventually, AAA batters aren’t enough anymore. This looks to me like service time manipulation, through and through. Every time you check the White Sox roster moves, someone else is called up. Eventually, you run out of guys from the *Reliever Recycling Program™. Cease will be your only option.
This team isn’t the 2016-2018 White Sox. If you knock them down a few games, they’ll come battling back to one game under .500 every time. The days of top-eight picks in the draft are over. You’re not getting another Andrew Vaughn next year, so let your top prospects develop against major league pitching or hitting, especially when you’re at least somewhat competitive. I would wager that Dylan Cease, at his worst, is still probably better than everyone but Lucas Giolito in the starting rotation. Next, I’ll be vying for Luis Robert to come right to the MLB from AA Birmingham in a blog post (I already am on Twitter). I’ll take this one step at a time. Stop playing games, and bring up your best pitching prospect. If Despaigne struggles in tonight’s start, the wheels may already be in motion.
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