Dylan Cease is moving on up.
After spending just a half-season in Advanced-A ball, the Chicago White Sox have promoted the pitcher from Milton to its Double-A affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. The White Sox announced the move last week, just after the minor league all-star break.
Cease, a 2014 graduate of Milton High School, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the same year in MLB’s amateur draft in the sixth round. Last summer, Cease was dealt to the White Sox in a trade that moved Jose Quintana to the Cubs.
A 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher, Cease was dominant this season in 13 starts for the Advanced-A Winston-Salem Dash. He had a 9-2 record, a 2.89 ERA and struck out 82 batters over 71 innings.
Chris Getz, the director of player development for the White Sox, has been impressed by Cease.
“He’s more or less forced our hand. He’s just really come on,” Getz told the Chicago Tribune. “He’s commanding the ball. Very mature kid and he’s certainly ready for the next challenge.”
Cease, 22, is rated as the 52nd best prospect in all of minor league baseball by MLB.com. Talking recently to Baseball America, Cease said he wants to work on controlling his fastball and mixing in his off-speed stuff.
“Locating my fastball and being able to throw my off-speed (pitches) for strikes and bounce them in counts (when) I need to,” Cease said. “I’m just trying to be a complete pitcher.”
He is set to make his Double-A debut with the Birmingham Barons on Monday against the Montgomery Biscuits.
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