This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The long-awaited debut for Chicago White Sox prospect Dylan Cease is finally upon us. Surely, the White Sox brass read the repeated demands in this article and felt the pressure to call up their prized phenom. Despite coming off arguably his worst stretch of the season, Cease will start the first of the two games in Wednesday's doubleheader. Despite a rather pedestrian ERA in Triple-A, Cease does have 73 strikeouts in 68.1 innings, yielding just four home runs in 15 starts. Facing the Detroit Tigers should help his cause, as the Tigers own the worst OPS and have produced the fewest runs and home runs in the American League - and by a wide margin. If the 23-year-old righty shines, he should take over a more permanent slot in the starting rotation for the pitching-starved White Sox.
Let's take a look at some other players in the headlines in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Braxton Garrett, P, MIA – Garrett represents yet another high upside arm that is flourishing in the Miami system. He missed all of the 2018 campaign following Tommy John surgery, but the southpaw has been terrific thus far in 2019 with a 2.86 ERA and 82:24 K:BB in just 63 innings for High-A Jupiter. His last start was perhaps his best, as he tossed seven scoreless innings while surrendering just one hit, walking one batter and striking out 11. Garrett is at his best when working down in the zone; in fact, his 1.84