Originally posted on Sports Mockery  |  Last updated 2/24/14
While the White Sox can sneak up on the Tigers and make some noise this year, Manager Robin Ventura will have time to evaluate players and tinker with his roster. One of those question marks coming into Spring Training is right-hander Chris Bassit. In today’s article on Grantland, columnist and author Jonah Keri makes mention of Bassitt, naming him a non-roster invitee to watch in the White Sox organization. Despite Bassitt not making our previous list of White Sox Prospects, Keri believes he has a chance to land on the roster at some point in 2014. Chicago White Sox Stable Of Horses   Current White Sox Rotation While only 3 guys are pretty much guaranteed jobs, the baseball season is a long one. A club’s rotation goes through spot starts and injuries, and luckily the White Sox still have Don Cooper as their pitching coach, who is one of the best in the business. Chris Sale will start Opening Day, and barring injury, be the innings eater on the South Side. Jose Quintana will also get somewhere around 25-30 starts, and John Danks should as well. After that, it’s a bit more of a question. Bassitt’s Competition It would appear that Erik Johnson and Felipe Paulino will compete for a starting job on the 25 man roster this Spring. Even if they do make the roster, that still is only five starters. While it is impossible to predict injuries and trades, I would expect the White Sox to use 8-10 starters this season. They used 10 in 2013. Chris Beck and Scott Snodgress are 2 other pitchers moving through the ranks of the White Sox farm system. What Does Bassitt Bring To The Mound? One good thing about Bassitt being a part of the White Sox future is that he is a solid ground ball pitcher. In a hitter’s park such as US Cellular Field, and facing the Tigers and Indians several times per season, this will come in handy. Bassitt’s sinker is his out pitch. His K:BB ratio is 2:1, and from the video provided, you can see Bassitt’s pitches have noticeable movement, furthermore setting up that sinker. According to Nathanial Stoltz of Fangraphs, hitters “posted a meager .197/.255/.301 statline against him in 2013.” While Bassitt is new to the starting role, if he succeeds at it, it can carry him a long way. The White Sox took a shot on him in the 11th round, and it may begin to pay dividends sooner rather than later.   Photo: MILB   Author informationDanny CheskisSenior Media Editor at Sports MockeryChicago born and raised. Proud to be South Side Irish. Unfortunately, one of only a few that like both the Cubs and Sox. I like it as little as you do. BA in Radio Talent/Production from Columbia College Chicago.TwitterFacebookGoogle+The post Will Chris Bassitt Be A Chicago White Sox Starter? appeared first on Sports Mockery.
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