Friday Roundup: Sox vs. O’s, Fulmer in the Fold, Everybody Loves Chris, International Signings and More…
Friday, July 3, 2015
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with four against the Blue Jays. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (3-8, 5.38) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-3, 3.09) for Baltimore.
No. 1 Pick Fulmer Signs on Dotted Line
The White Sox have signed right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer (pictured above), their first-round selection (No. 8 overall) in the recent June draft, to a minor-league contract with a $3,470,600-million signing bonus.
Fulmer, 21, was named SEC Pitcher of the Year, First-Team All-America by Baseball America and National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 by going 14-2 with a 1.83 ERA, three complete games, 167 strikeouts and a .180 opponents average over 19 starts at Vanderbilt. Fulmer went 24-3 with a 1.99 ERA and 313 strikeouts during his three seasons at Vandy.
Fulmer will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game, accompanied by White Sox Amateur Elite (ACE) players. The newest White Sox pitcher will donate $10,000 to Chicago White Sox Charities that will be designated to support five players in the ACE program. Fulmer’s Commodore teammate, Ronell Coleman, played in the ACE program as a youth.
“Signing a professional contract is a tremendous privilege and responsibility,” Fulmer said. “I wanted to find a great cause that I could donate to as I start my relationship with the White Sox and the ACE program is perfect. It’s an honor to be able to use my success to provide five scholarships to young players who might someday follow in my footsteps.”
Quote of the Day
Chris Sale and Tyler Flowers on their close pitcher-catcher relationship (via @jjstankevitz):
Sale: “Just Follow Flow, whatever he’s got, that’s what I’m throwing.”
Flowers: “We both trust each other entirely. It just allows him to stay focused on whatever pitch, executing that and not worrying about the preparation as far as pitch sequences and those kind of things. He leaves that in my hands and I kind of enjoy that aspect of the preparation to help him have success and give us a chance to win.”
“Swing and Miss” Chris, Historically Speaking
Signed, Sealed and Delivered
The White Sox have agreed to terms with four international free agents: outfielder Franklin Reyes and infielders Brayant Nova, Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Santo Vasquez.
Reyes, 16, is rated by Baseball America as the No. 27 International Prospect and by MLB.com as No. 30 in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Reyes is the younger brother of Franmil Reyes, an outfielder in the Padres organization. He is a native of Bani, Dominican Republic and played in the 2014 Under Armour All-American game.
Tatis, Jr., also 16, is rated by MLB.com as the No. 27 International Prospect in 2015. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound third baseman from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, is the son of former major-league third baseman Fernando Tatis, Sr. That’s Jr. in the photo below signing his contract with Sr. sitting immediately to his right.
Nova, 16, is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound switch-hitting infielder from Bani.
Vasquez, 16, is a 6-0, 170-pound shortstop from Guayacanal, Azua, Dominican Republic.
“We are extremely excited to add each of these four young men to the Chicago White Sox organization today,” said Sox GM Rick Hahn, who was in Santo Domingo in the DR yesterday for the announcement. “Thanks to Marco Paddy (special assistant to the general manager, international operations) and the efforts of our international scouting staff across Latin America, we continue to add waves of very talented young players to our system. All of this success will ultimately pay off in Chicago in seasons to come.”
The White Sox expect additional Latin American signings in the coming months.
Four Charlotte Knights have been selected to represent the International League in the July 15 Triple-A All-Star Game vs. the Pacific Coast League in Omaha. The quartet of Sox minor leaguers are third baseman/DH Matt Davidson (pictured below), who is currently tied for the IL lead in homers, outfielder Trayce Thompson and pitchers Erik Johnson and Zach Phillips. Here’s more:
White Sox vs. Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.56) for the Sox, RHP Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.67) for the O’s.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 77 on June 30 at Detroit vs. the Tigers, Freddy Garcia (8-3) tossed a complete game, allowing just one run and five hits along with eight strikeouts in a 6-1 White Sox win. Joe Crede launched a three-run homer (No. 11) and Carl Everett added a two-run shot (12) as the first-place Sox recorded their 53rd victory of the season.
Photo of the Day
No surprise here. Sale led the major leagues in strikeouts (75) and strikeouts per nine innings (15.23) in June and ranked among the American League leaders in opponents on-base percentage (1st, .219), innings pitched (T1st, 44.1), opponents average (3rd, .176), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 9.38) and ERA (5th, 1.83).