First & ’20: cro­chet brings heat in de­but

Chicago Sun-Times - - SOX BEAT - Daryl Van Schouwen

The White Sox pro­moted 2020 firstround draft choice Gar­rett Cro­chet to the ac­tive ros­ter Fri­day and threw him into the fire. The lanky left-han­der from Ten­nessee brought the heat.

En­ter­ing the sixth in­ning with the Sox trail­ing the Reds by five runs, Cro­chet struck out Brian Goodwin look­ing at a 100.5 mph fast­ball. He then fanned Jose Gar­cia on three pitches, touch­ing 101.2 and 101.5 on swing­ing strikes, be­fore re­tir­ing Tucker Barn­hart ona ground ball to first base­man Jose Abreu.

Cro­chet also threw his slider for a strike in a swift 13-pitch in­ning (nine strikes). He touched 100 or 101 on six of his pitches.

“I’m truly liv­ing the dream; it’s hard to put into words,” Cro­chet said. “It’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing, know­ing they value me to be here and help them on this [post­sea­son] run. It was awe­some. My body felt weight­less. I felt like I was on top of the world.”

Se­lected with the 11th pick in June, Cro­chet took the ros­ter spot of right-handed re­liever Evan Mar­shall, who landed on the 10-day in­jured list with shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion. Gen­eral man­ager Rick Hahn said he ex­pects Mar­shall to re­turn “fully re­cov­ered” to the bullpen. The move is retroac­tive to Sept. 15.

Cro­chet, who has been work­ing at the train­ing fa­cil­ity in Schaum­burg, is pro­jected as a starter but will be used in re­lief. He’s the first player from the draft class to reach the ma­jors.

“We want to see what he has to of­fer over the course of the next 10 days,” Hahn said.

“The stuff speaks for it­self. We’re just go­ing to see his com­po­sure and abil­ity to at­tack bigleague hit­ters.”

Hahn also said left-handers Aaron Bum­mer (bi­ceps) and Car­los Rodon (shoul­der) might re­turn from the IL be­fore the reg­u­lar sea­son is over. Bum­mer is with the team on the road trip; Rodon is in Schaum­burg.

“Ideally, we get to see them ac­tive be­fore the end of the sea­son, then make an in­formed de­ci­sion about all of our left­ies when it comes time to set the post­sea­son ros­ter,” Hahn said.

Right-han­der Ian Hamil­ton was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.

Happy for Ren­te­ria

Hahn said he is most happy for man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria in see­ing the Sox reach the play­offs for the first time since 2008, al­lud­ing

to Ren­te­ria be­ing fired by the Cubs be­fore get­ting hired by the Sox, first as a bench coach.

“His his­tory in this town is not a se­cret,” Hahn said. “He hasn’t had the smoothest path to the post­sea­son, at least not as smooth as per­haps it could have been had he stayed in the first chair he was in, so I’m happy he’s get­ting an op­por­tu­nity to be part of this.”

Abreu shared the sen­ti­ment: “He’s a very ded­i­cated per­son, an un­be­liev­able, unique per­son. He’s been a fa­ther, a friend, a brother for me and for the whole team.”

And the chair­man, too

Hahn, whose record as GM was 491-612 in seven sea­sons en­ter­ing this one, ex­pressed grat­i­tude for Sox chair­man Jerry Reins­dorf’s pa­tience, know­ing he’d likely have to en­dure bad base­ball in the first three years of the re­build.

“The faith he showed in [vice pres­i­dent] Kenny [Wil­liams] and me, the base­ball depart­ment, our scouts, player-devel­op­ment peo­ple, the re­sources he pro­vided to ex­e­cute our plan,” Hahn said. “It took a fair amount of faith from him, so it’s nice to see him wit­ness some of the ben­e­fits from that. Es­pe­cially [as he] fre­quently pointed out his age [84] when men­tion­ing whether this was worth it for him per­son­ally — sort of tongue in cheek, I think.” ✶

AP

Gar­rett Cro­chet, the 11th pick in the 2020 draft, was called up by the Sox and fanned two in one in­ning of re­lief.

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