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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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For 14 seasons, Atlanta was a perennial powerhouse in baseball. This is how the Braves did it: 1991: The Braves win the NL West by one game over the Dodgers. Atlanta becomes the first team in NL history to go from worst to first. Terry Pendleton is named MVP. Tom Glavine wins the Cy Young Award. The Braves beat Pittsburgh in the NLCS and lose to Minnesota in World Series. 1992: In last place on May 27, the Braves finish the season with a 78-37 run to beat Cincinnati by eight games to win the NL West ti