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The Strikeout Artist

Photograph By Mike Janes/Four Seam Images/AP Images

Andre Rienzo

Team: Brazil
Position: RHP
Bats: Right. Throws: Right

Rienzo is 24 years old and has reached the Double-A level and beyond in the White Sox organization. (He made one start at Triple-A last summer, where he pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and struck out 10.) On the strength of a mid-90s fastball and effective changes of speed, his 2012 was impressive enough: 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 113 strikeouts in 103 innings. But he also sat out a 50-game suspension for PED use last summer. The White Sox are prepping him as a starter, but his future might be in the bullpen.