The White Sox, with no 2020 minor league season, are calling up Garrett Crochet. They drafted Crochet 11th overall in the 2020 MLB Draft earlier this year, meaning he’s skipping the minor leagues altogether.
This isn’t necessarily a foreign concept, as a player such as Bob Horner immediately comes to mind, albeit that was 1978. In his first game for Atlanta, he hit a homerun against MLB Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven.
The first player called up from the 2020 Draft class, but also the first pitcher to skip the minor leagues altogether since the Reds promoted Mike Leake in 2010. Brandon Finnegan got called up the same year he was drafted and pitched for the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series, however, had 27 minor league innings under his belt. It was Chris Sale who was the last White Sox player to be called up the same year he was drafted, and of course we all realize that that certainly worked out. He will be the first White Sox player to be called up midseason and wear number 45 since Bobby Jenks.
Crochet has a plus fastball complemented by an excellent slider that fooled hitters in his time as a Tennessee Volunteer. To make room on the 40 man, Ian Hamilton was designated for assignment while Evan Marshall was transferred to the IL. He will be in the bullpen for tonight’s game against the Reds.
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