White Sox pitching prospect Dylan Cease

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Jimenez, Cease Named Minor Leaguers Of Month

Cease had a 0.51 ERA and 29 strikeouts in four starts in August.

September 04, 2018 - 2:56 pm

(670 The Score) Triple-A outfielder Eloy Jimenez and Double-A right-hander Dylan Cease were named the White Sox's minor league player of the month and pitcher of the month for August/September, respectively.

The two are considered blue-chip prospects in the White Sox's farm system and also won the same honors in July. The honors are voted on by a panel of Chicago-area media members.

The 21-year-old Jimenez hit .336 with four homers, 16 RBIs, 12 runs and a .509 slugging percentage in 28 games in August/September for Triple-A Charlotte. He hit .337 with a .961 OPS in 108 games split between Double-A and Triple-A this season. There was rampant speculation over whether he'd be called up to the big leagues this season, but the White Sox announced Monday that he wouldn't be, citing a need for patience in not wanting to push him across three levels in one season. Left unsaid was that by keeping Jimenez in the minor leagues until mid-April of next year, the White Sox will have contract control of him through 2025 instead of 2024.

The 22-year-old Cease was 1-0 with a 0.51 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings across four starts at Double-A Birmingham in August before he was shut down for the season. He's healthy, but the White Sox want to take a cautious approach and limit his workload. Cease finished 12-2 with a 2.40 ERA in 124 innings across 23 starts split between Class-A Winston-Salem and Double-A.

Jimenez and Cease were acquired by the White Sox from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade in July 2017.