The Chicago White Sox currently have the third-lowest ERA among starting staffs in the American League. With a rotation that is very solid one through five, the South Siders’ staff is becoming the strength of their team.
Not only is the Sox rotation dominant, it also features an abundance of young arms. Chris Sale, John Danks, Dylan Axelrod and Jose Quintana are all under 30, and Hector Santiago, who also has the ability to start for Chicago, is just 25-years old as well.
With a staff loaded with young hurlers, it seems as if the Pale Hose future will be surrounded around the success of their pitching staff.
In addition to having guys at the Major League level who are becoming quality starters, the Sox are also seeing pitchers in their farm system develop quickly — most notably Erik Johnson.
Although he’s still pitching at Double-A Birmingham, Johnson has become one of the most talked-about arms in the Sox organization. Just 23-years old, Johnson is already making a case to be a late summer call up. With a 4-2 record and a 2.15 ERA, Johnson has future MLB ace written all over him. In nine of his 10 outings this season, Johnson has allowed two earned runs or less, and he hasn’t given up a single run in four of those starts.
There’s no doubt the big 6-foot-3, 235-pound right-hander has the talent to pitch for the White Sox in the near future. And when he does get his opportunity, the Sox may have another young ace to add to the list.