Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL Central
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL Central

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American League Central

Chicago White Sox – Have you ever noticed the sky can be pretty impressive just before the dawning of a new day? The young but quickly maturing White Sox might be very close to putting all the pieces together. Lucas Giolito finally found his groove and started pitching like he was expected to pitch when he turned pro. It was an impressive step, and I expect it to continue. The next two pieces of the puzzle are perhaps, unfortunately, a year from dropping into place. Carlos Rodon missed most of 2019 following Tommy John surgery, and won't be back until around midseason. That puts the talented righty on schedule to take a significant step forward next year. I'm buying. Michael Kopech made just four MLB starts in 2018 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He missed all of last season, but should be on the mound this year, albeit probably with some workload restrictions. Kopech has a huge arm, and I'm hoping he'll find more consistency with his command and secondary stuff. He could be worth a flyer, especially in keeper formats. Two more young arms will see time on the South Side this year. Both Reynaldo Lopez and Dylan Cease were very inconsistent with command of their secondary pitches, but they also display some encouraging signs at times. Over the long haul, Cease is probably the better bet. As they have been doing recently, the team added a couple veterans to possibly help with the kids' development.

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Brad Johnson
For more than 30 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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