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I will continue to pound the table for Dylan Cease of the White Sox, particularly since it seems like every other organization is promoting their top prospects to the big leagues these days. The Blue Jays gave Cavan Biggio an opening - much to the delight of his Hall of Fame father - while Zach Plesac got the call by the Tribe; his uncle is former MLB reliever Dan Plesac. Meanwhile the Padres let Josh Naylor see the big leagues due to their interleague matchups, and the Diamondbacks got a jolt of power from Kevin Cron. The Dodgers rewarded catcher Will Smith with a promotion as well, as Austin Barnes was sent to the Injured List. Even Mitch Keller got in on the action for the Pirates, although his first start is likely one he'll want to forget.
Cease has pitched just 40 innings at Triple-A, but the White Sox starters have the worst ERA in the MLB at 5.79. Only Dylan Covey and Lucas Giolito even have ERAs under 6.00. Carlos Rodon was supposed to be the team ace, but he is done for the season and maybe even 2020 due to Tommy John surgery. While it's true the White Sox are not going anywhere in 2019, Cease simply has to be in the plans for this season. The best bet would be to allow him to get his feet wet in a season where there are no team expectations. My guess is his promotion happens sometime in