MLB Pipeline names White Sox prospect Dylan Cease Pitcher of Year

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Dylan Cease of the White Sox and the U.S. Team works the ninth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

White Sox pitching prospect Dylan Cease, who went 12-2 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 124 innings between Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham, was named Pitcher of the Year by MLB Pipeline.

The 22-year-old right-hander, who was acquired by the Sox with outfielder Eloy Jimenez in a trade with the Cubs for left-hander Jose Quintana in July 2017, was fourth among minor-league starters in victories, fourth in strikeout rate (32.5 percent), sixth in batting average allowed (.189) and 12th in strikeouts (160).

He had a 0.94 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 47‰ innings in his final nine starts at Birmingham.

‘‘We could not be more pleased with his development,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said this week. ‘‘Not only did Dylan take the ball every fifth day and answer the bell every time when we wanted him to start, but he dominated and seemingly got a little bit stronger as the season went on.’’

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