Garza on pace for something amazing

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Garza on pace for something amazing

Since 1901, there have been 18 full seasons in which a pitcher:

- Qualified for the ERA title
- Had a WHIP under 1.000
- Averaged 9.0 strikeouts per 9 innings, and
- Had more strikeouts than hits

Through May 1st of this season, there are five pitchers in the Majors who have maintained this pace:

WHIPK9KHIPJered Weaver (LAA)
0.9539.08362835.2Stephen Strasburg (WSH)
0.8759.563422
32Edwin Jackson (WSH)
0.9749.12261925.2Gio Gonzalez (WSH)
0.94410.31341629.2Matt Garza (CHC)
0.8919.62362033.2Stats are through Tuesday, May 1

Fire draft two Charlotte 49ers to close out draft

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Fire draft two Charlotte 49ers to close out draft

The Chicago Fire drafted three players in the first two rounds of the MLS draft on Friday and added another two players in the draft's final two rounds on Tuesday.

The Fire selected two players out of Charlotte in the final two rounds. Midfielder Brandt Bronico went with the third pick in the third round, No. 47 overall, and defender Matej Dekovic was picked with the third pick in the fourth round, No. 69 overall.

Bronico was a key cog all four years at Charlotte. He was a three-time First-Team Conference USA selection and Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior. He totaled 25 goals and 23 assists in four years, including nine goals and five assists in 18 matches as a senior. He had eight goals and 10 assists as a junior.

Bronico also scored an eye-catching goal on the final day of the MLS Combine.

Dekovic is a defender born in Zagreb, Croatia. He was a First-Team Conference USA pick this fall while playing at left back. The Fire don't have much depth currently at outside back, but Dekovic's status as an international player will give him an uphill battle to make the team.

The Fire open preseason camp in six days on Monday, Jan. 23.

White Sox prospect Michael Kopech fires a 110 mph max velocity throw

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White Sox prospect Michael Kopech fires a 110 mph max velocity throw

It's no secret that White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech throws hard.

Acquired in the trade that sent ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox, Kopech was clocked throwing a pitch 105 mph last July while pitching for the Salem Red Sox.

But that's nothing compared to what the No. 4 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball did on Tuesday.

Granted, Kopech was throwing an underload baseball (which he confirmed in a response to the original tweet), but 110 mph is 110 mph.

The White Sox would settle for a few miles per hour less on the mound, but either way it looks like they've got a good one.