Chicago White Sox: Taylor Thompson

A's claim White Sox's Thompson

November, 4, 2014
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Right-handed pitcher Taylor Thompson, who made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox this past season, was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Oakland Athletics.

Thompson pitched in five games out of the bullpen with the White Sox in 2014, making his debut on July 20 with a scoreless 1 2/3 innings against the Houston Astros. His final outing with the club came Aug. 3 when he gave up three runs in an inning against the Minnesota Twins. He finished his short stint with a 10.13 ERA over 5 1/3 innings.

Thompson was a former 44th-round draft pick by the White Sox in 2009 out of Auburn. He has a 2.55 ERA in 279 minor league innings over six seasons.

With the move, the White Sox’s 40-man roster is at 36.

Cleto added to help struggling bullpen

August, 4, 2014
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The struggling Chicago White Sox bullpen got a fresh arm Monday as the team purchased the contract of Maikel Cleto from Triple-A Charlotte.

It will be Cleto’s second stint with the team. He made the Opening Day roster after he was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals during spring training.

Cleto, 25, had a 5.14 ERA over 13 early-season relief appearances for the White Sox before he was designated for assignment on May 10. In 22 appearances at Charlotte, he posted a 5.91 ERA, but had 50 strikeouts, more than two per appearance.

After Sunday’s bullpen meltdown against the Minnesota Twins, when the relievers gave up 15 runs over four innings, the White Sox optioned right-hander Taylor Thompson back to Charlotte.

Rapid Reaction: Astros 11, White Sox 7

July, 20, 2014
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox dropped the series finale 11-7 on Sunday against the Houston Astros.

How it happened: John Danks couldn’t get through five innings, giving up seven runs on 12 hits and the Astros eventually avoided the series sweep. The White Sox still managed to tie the game in the sixth inning, but the Astros erupted with four runs off White Sox reliever Daniel Webb in the seventh to take the lead again. Jose Abreu had two hits in the defeat, extending his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games. He also has a hit in 29 of his last 30 contests.

What it means: Danks’ run of 10 consecutive impressive starts ended Sunday right where it began, opposite the Astros. On May 8, Danks gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in a loss at Houston. He then went on to post a 2.69 ERA and go 5-2 in outings from May 24 to July 13. Sunday’s outing was more like the Danks from early in the season when he struggled with his command and couldn’t get a good feel for his changeup.

Outside the box: Right-handed reliever Taylor Thompson made his debut for the White Sox in the fifth inning in relief of Danks. The first batter he faced was the Astros’ Robbie Grossman, who managed to bloop a single into shallow center field for an RBI single. He retired the next four batters he faced. Thompson had a 2.61 ERA in 31 appearances at Triple-A Charlotte this season.

Off beat: With two walks in his first two at-bats Sunday, Alejandro De Aza now has more free passes than Abreu. De Aza has 25 walks, while Abreu is at 23. It’s not like De Aza is averse to taking a pitch or two, since he did have 50 walks last year and 47 in 2012. Instead, this is more an indicator of how aggressive Abreu is at the plate and how he would rather deliver a big hit than work counts, which is an area of improvement the White Sox figure to target in the future.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (8-1, 2.08 ERA) to the mound Monday against Kansas City in the opener of a three-game series. The Royals will counter with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (5-8, 4.56) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Taylor Thompson gets the call at 27

July, 20, 2014
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox filled out their bullpen Sunday, purchasing the contract of right-hander Taylor Thompson, who was being used as a closer at Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox had made room on the 25-man roster Saturday when they optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez back to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, Felipe Paulino (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

The 27-year-old Thompson was 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 31 relief appearances at Charlotte and was 6-for-6 in save opportunities. The former 44th-round pick in 2009 credited the revival of a pitch he had turned his back on for his success this year.

“It’s probably my split-finger this year,” Thompson said. “I hadn't thrown it for the last few years, and I brought it back this year to try to give me another edge. It's really helped. Other than that, I probably have a standard fastball. I’m glad I brought it back for sure.”

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Chris Sale
12 2.17 208 174
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208