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Pitching in Low Single-A last season — and while battling an injury — between stints in Kannapolis and South Bend, Cease notched a 3.86 ERA and 126 strikeouts over 93.1 innings, according to Baseball Reference. He walked 44 batters, allowed 74 hits, and had a WHIP of 1.264.
The 22-year-old is a 2014 graduate of Milton High. That same year, the Cubs selected him in the sixth round of the MLB June Amateur Draft.
Cease and the White Sox will go through spring training in Arizona. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14, and Chicago's first game is against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 23.
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