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Deep Dive: Left-handed reliever edition, part 5

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A snapshot of this year’s free agent left-handed reliever class

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals
Lone Standout: Andrew Miller is the most sought-after lefty reliever in this year’s free-agent market.
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Deep Dive focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. The relievers will be written up in five parts:

  1. Depth in the lowest levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in Class A (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the highest levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free-agent options at that position, plus sneak peeks into available players in the upcoming 2019 MLB draft

Inherently, few of the top prep pitchers are actually relievers; as for college, many relievers are converted into the rotation during their junior seasons. Thus, due to the volatility of projecting relievers at this early date, I won’t hazard to make any suggestions presently. However, as we actually get closer to draft day, I’ll provide information regarding potential draft possibilities at that time.

Without further ado, let’s look at this year’s left-handed relieving free agency class.

Free Agents

(age as of April 1, 2019)

Oliver Perez
Cleveland Indians
2018 bWAR: 1.3
Stats: 1-1, 0 SV, 1.39 ERA, 32.1 IP, 0.74 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, 12.0 K/9
Age: 37

Tony Sipp
Houston Astros
2018 bWAR: 1.3
Stats: 3-1, 0 SV, 1.86 ERA, 38.2 IP, 1.03 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 9.8 K/9
Age: 35

Alex Wilson
Detroit Tigers
2018 bWAR: 1.2
Stats: 2-4, 0 SV, 3.36 ERA, 61.2 IP, 1.05 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 6.3 K/9
Age: 32

Xavier Cedeno
Milwaukee Brewers
2018 bWAR: 0.9
Stats: 2-0, 1 SV, 2.43 ERA, 33.1 IP, 1.26 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 9.2 K/9
Age: 32

Sign-and-flip him to Milwaukee at the trade deadline, as the start of a new yearly tradition?

Zach Britton
New York Yankees
2018 bWAR: 0.7
Stats: 2-0, 7 SV, 3.10 ERA, 40.2 IP, 1.23 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 7.5 K/9
Age: 31

Justin Wilson
Chicago Cubs
2018 bWAR: 0.7
Stats: 4-5, 0 SV, 3.46 ERA, 54.2 IP, 1.43 WHIP, 5.4 BB/9, 11.4 K/9
Age: 31

Luis Avilan
Philadelphia Phillies
2018 bWAR: 0.5
Stats: 2-1, 2 SV, 3.77 ERA, 45.1 IP, 1.37 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 10.1 K/9
Age: 29

Dan Jennings
Milwaukee Brewers
2018 bWAR: 0.5
Stats: 4-5, 1 SV, 3.22 ERA, 64.1 IP, 1.38 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, 6.3 K/9
Age: 31

Hector Santiago
Chicago White Sox
2018 bWAR: 0.5
Stats: 6-3, 2 SV, 4.41 ERA, 102 IP, 1.58 WHIP, 5.3 BB/9, 9.1 K/9
Age: 31

That’s three straight ex-White Sox. A lefthander who doesn’t land with multiple teams in his career is a rare bird indeed.

Tim Collins
Washington Nationals
2018 bWAR: 0.3
Stats: 0-0, 0 SV, 4.37 ERA, 22.2 IP, 1.54 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9, 8.3 K/9
Age: 29

Jorge De La Rosa
Chicago Cubs
2018 bWAR: 0.3
Stats: 0-2, 1 SV, 3.38 ERA, 56 IP, 1.39 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 7.6 K/9
Age: 37

Aaron Loup
Philadelphia Phillies
2018 bWAR: 0.3
Stats: 0-0, 0 SV, 4.54 ERA, 39.2 IP, 1.56 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 K/9
Age: 31

Andrew Miller
Cleveland Indians
2018 bWAR: 0.2
Stats: 2-4, 2 SV, 4.24 ERA, 34 IP, 1.38 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9, 11.9 K/9
Age: 33

Zach Duke
Seattle Mariners
2018 bWAR: 0.2
Stats: 5-5, 0 SV, 4.15 ERA, 52 IP, 1.50 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 8.8 K/9
Age: 35

Jerry Blevins
New York Mets
2018 bWAR: 0.1
Stats: 3-2, 1 SV, 4.85 ERA, 42.2 IP, 1.36 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 8.6 K/9
Age: 35

Zac Curtis
Texas Rangers
2018 bWAR: 0.00
Stats: 0-1, 0 SV, 4.96 ERA, 16.1 IP, 1.90 WHIP, 10.5 BB/9, 9.9 K/9
Age: 26

Boone Logan
Milwaukee Brewers
2018 bWAR: -0.1
Stats: 1-0, 0 SV, 5.91 ERA, 10.2 IP, 2.34 WHIP, 8.4 BB/9, 11.8 K/9
Age: 34

Jake Diekman
Arizona Diamondbacks
2018 bWAR: -0.1
Stats: 1-2, 2 SV, 4.73 ERA, 53.1 IP, 1.50 WHIP, 5.2 BB/9, 11.1 K/9
Age: 32

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Summary

The White Sox already have a few southpaws that could begin on next year’s Opening Day roster. Jace Fry is the only sure-fire lock, while Manny Banuelos could be a swingman a la 2018 Hector Santiago, and Aaron Bummer and Caleb Frare could be bullpen factors as well. It’s possible, that if the White Sox believe their contention window is closer than we think, that they would sign a free agent — giving Bummer and/or Frare more time to develop (though both are 25). Several options exist along those lines, including Andrew Miller, Zach Britton, and Justin Wilson. While these guys could help if the Sox are in contention this year, they could also be valuable trade chips at the trading deadline as well.