The Chicago White Sox had one glaring weakness entering tonight’s MLB Draft, and that was left-handed pitching. They were able to address that early by taking Tennessee southpaw Garrett Crochet at No.11.
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|D.O.B.||June 21, 1999|
|Drafted||2017 (34th Round – Milwaukee Brewers)|
Crochet is six-foot-six, 218-pounds and comes equipped with a upper 90s fastball from the left side. He’s already drawing comparisons to former White Sox ace, Chris Sale, and if you watch the video, they’re warranted in that their deliveries are nearly identical.
Crochet’s fastball sits in the upper 90s and touches 100, while his slider that sits 82-85 have great spin numbers and is extremely tough to pick up for opposing hitters due to Crochet’s lanky frame and delivery. Crochet’s changeup has a plus grade as well, and Vanderbilt’s head coach Tim Corbin said that Crochet’s stuff and delivery made things very difficult for his Commodore’s hitters, a lineup that featured fellow first-rounder Austin Martin.
Crochet could be a fast-riser through the Sox farm, but he also could start out — or end up — as a reliever.