For Aaron Bummer, Thursday was far from a bummer.
While experience continues to pour out the door of the White Sox clubhouse, new opportunities arise with those exits. For the White Sox, openings seem to be arriving every other day and Bummer is the latest to get a chance after Dan Jennings was traded was the Tampa Bay Rays for minor-leaguer Casey Gillaspie on Thursday morning. Jennings is the sixth player traded by the White Sox since July 13 and the fourth reliever.
A left-handed reliever, Bummer started 2017 at Advanced-A Winston-Salem and on Thursday received his third promotion of the season, joining the White Sox before the finale of the Crosstown Cup. Bummer, who missed all of 2015 after he had Tommy John surgery, couldn’t quite believe he was standing in the White Sox clubhouse.
“It’s been kind of a crazy 15 months because about 12 months ago is when I made my debut back from TJ,” Bummer said. “Twelve months ago I was in rookie ball so it’s kind of a crazy turn of events. Could I have ever imagined this, absolutely not.
“To be here right now is unbelievable and an awesome feeling.”
The No. 28 prospect in the White Sox farm system, Bummer posted a 3.31 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 49 innings between Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Bummer’s fastball grades at 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale, sitting between 95-97 mph and touching 99, according to MLBPipeline.com. He also features a 55-grade slider.
The one area that scouts suggest Bummer needs to answer is control as he’s walked 20 batters this season.
“You have to allow them to be who they are,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s still 90 feet to the bases, 60 feet, 6 inches to the bases. It’s kind of a cliché, the Hoosiers rule, it’s the same. “You have to go out and execute pitches and trust the skillset and do it.”
Bummer’s great experience began when he learned the news of his promotion late Wednesday. He awoke his parents, who flew in to Chicago on Thursday, with the news and also told his girlfriend he was headed for the majors.
“it was a whole bundle of emotions for all of us,” Bummer said. “I’ve never been in something like this. I know a lot of these guys since Spring Training. And kind of had that bond and that vibes we are all together and these guys are all good teammates and everybody is pulling for each other. At the end of the day we are all here to win games and hopefully we can do that.”
Carlos Zambrano y Ozzie Guillén estarán junto a Rodrigo Ariana para los primeros partidos de transmisión en español a través de CSN + simultaneas al broadcast en inglés. Para mas informacion dale click aquí.
En anticipación a estos eventos, todos los jugadores de los dos lados de la ciudad hablaron con Siera Santos sobre sus culturas y sus carreras en la ciudad de Chicago.
Strop se está uniendo a José Quintana para la segunda parte de la temporada quien manifesto su felicidad al llegar a los Cubs. Entre otras cosas Quintana menciono que esta trabajando duro para alcanzar su meta de ir a los playoffs.
Quintana, se despidió de sus compañeros de los Medias Blancas, como Omar Narváez. Narváez es conocido por sus raíces Venezolanas, pero habló con Santos sobre el hecho de que su mamá es de Ecuador.
"Mi madre nació en Ecuador", Narváez dijó, "y fué a Venezuela cuando tenía diez años de edad".
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Allie Burger and Pablo Rodriguez contributed to this article