The Chicago White Sox bullpen is a right-handed dominant bunch. When Garrett Crochet suffered an injury that required Tommy John surgery, Aaron Bummer looked to be the lone southpaw of the relief corps. Now, another left-hander will join him. 30-year-old Tanner Banks will be part of the White Sox 2022 Opening Day roster, per reports.
Chicago selected Banks in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. The University of Utah product has spent the better part of the past decade in the Sox farm system. He owns a 49-41 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, and 6.8 K/9 rate in 743.1 innings across seven MiLB seasons.
Last season at Triple-A Charlotte, Banks pitched to a 3-3 record and 4.53 ERA with a 10.6 K/9 rate in 59.2 innings. After previously working as a starter, he spent most of the 2021 campaign in the bullpen for the Knights.
But something clicked for Banks during 2022 White Sox Spring Training. According to White Sox director of player development Chris Getz, Banks upped his fastball velocity by four MPH this spring.
His strong showing during Cactus League action clearly caught the eye of the big-league club. Now, Tanner Banks has finally made it to the show with an Opening Day roster spot locked down for the 2022 Chicago White Sox.
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