It’s that time of the year again.
The time where the Chicago White Sox begin to promote their top major-league ready prospects to the big leagues in order to give their young players valuable major-league experience.
Last season, it was Yoan Moncada, Nicky Delmonico, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Carson Fulmer.
This season, its been Thyago Vieira, Michael Kopech, and now Ryan Burr.
Watching the Baron's game right now, here's Ryan Burr straight up blowing the ball by a hitter at 95, kid's 6'4'' and has a ton of life on his fastball with a + breaking pitch to boot, has 158 Ks in 125IP so far in MiLB w/ a 1.80 ERA— whitesoxdave (@barstoolWSD) April 17, 2018
Could definitely see him in September pic.twitter.com/b2hT6VfefK
Burr, 24, was a 2015 5th-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Arizona State, where he holds the school record for saves (38). Burr was traded to the White Sox last year in exchange for international bonus pool money.
In his first full season in the White Sox organization, Burr has put up big numbers. In 43 innings at Double-A Birmingham, Burr recorded a solid 2.72 ERA, striking out exactly 43 batters in 43 innings.
Opponents hit just .196 against Burr in Double-A, as the right-hander recorded a 1.23 WHIP.
In seven appearances for Triple-A Charlotte, Burr has been un-hittable, recording a microscopic 1.08 ERA, while striking out eight batters and allowing just four hits.
Burr joins a White Sox bullpen that already includes rookies Jace Fry and Thyago Vieira. With Ian Hamilton, Caleb Frare, and Zack Burdi expected to join the mix in the next year or so, Burr will have to stand out as a valuable piece of the White Sox bullpen as young talent continues to fill up the majority of the ‘pen.