Chicago White Sox: Steve Tolleson
July, 17, 2013
By Doug Padilla
Koji Watanabe/Getty ImagesAndre Rienzo, who pitched for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic, has been dominant for Triple-A Charlotte recently..CHICAGO -- During the final month of the 2011 season, the Chicago White Sox gave a 22-year-old right-hander the chance to pitch in a handful of games in order to get him a glimpse of life in the major leagues.
One year later, Addison Reed became the team's closer and this season he has continued to establish himself in one of baseball's key roles, all at the tender age of 24.
With trades and a retooled roster likely on the horizon, the White Sox figure to be in position to give more young prospects a chance to get their feet wet at baseball's highest level. This time, though, there could be a full two months available for the next generation of White Sox players.
Players at Triple-A Charlotte, such as Jordan Danks, Tyler Greene, Hector Gimenez, Brian Omogrosso, Zach Stewart and Steve Tolleson all have major league experience and could get the call to fill out any upcoming roster voids. But like Reed in 2011, there are a few players in the system that could possibly get their first crack at appearing in a major league game.
ANDRE RIENZO, RHP
With a rocky start to the season behind him, Rienzo looks to be headed toward a promotion to Chicago. The Futures Game participant is rolling now with a 2.05 ERA over his last 48 1/3 innings at Charlotte. In his final start of the first half before heading to New York for the Futures Game, he gave up one run on four hits in a complete game against Buffalo. The 25-year-old native of Brazil has 96 strikeouts this season in 100 2/3 innings.
ERIK JOHNSON, RHP
Heading toward the major leagues with a bullet, Johnson was slowed recently by a groin strain that landed him on the minor league disabled list. The White Sox will be careful with a rising star like this, so a little extra time to heal probably will be the preferred route. The fact that he is only in his second full minor league season is another reason not to rush the Northern California native so his realistic arrival is at least a year away.