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White Sox sign Crochet

South Siders stitch up their first round pick, set to work on securing second-rounder Jared Kelley

COLLEGE BASEBALL: APR 13 Tennessee at LSU
Hooked: On Monday, Crochet signed on for a sweet bonus.
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We’ll let the White Sox do the talking on this one, but the club today inked first-rounder Garrett Crochet to a full-slot bonus of $4,547,500. Fourth-rounder Kade Mechals has already signed for $10,000, so the pool of money to pry second-rounder Jared Kelley from his commitment to the University of Texas is deep.

Here’s the White Sox release:

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have signed left-handed pitcher Garrett Crochet (CROW-shay), their first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, to a minor-league contract with a $4,547,500 signing bonus.

Crochet, 20, made one start in his junior season with Tennessee, tossing 3 ⅔ scoreless innings with six strikeouts, before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was named a 2020 Baseball America Preseason First Team All-American and Perfect Game Preseason Third Team All-American. Crochet, 6´6´´ and 220 pounds, entered the draft rated by MLBPipeline.com as the No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect and by Baseball America as having the Best Fastball among college pitchers.

“I’m thrilled to officially be a member of the White Sox organization,” Crochet says. “It has always been my dream to play at the highest level, and now I’m one step closer to achieving that dream. I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates who have helped throughout my baseball career. I can’t wait to get started.”

During his sophomore season in 2019, Crochet went 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA, three saves and 81 strikeouts over 18 games (six starts) with the Volunteers. He averaged 11.2 strikeouts per 9.0 IP, ranking in the Top 50 in all Division I baseball (45th overall). Crochet finished his college career with a 10-9 record, 4.64 ERA, 13 saves, 149 strikeouts and 10.2 strikeouts per 9.0 IP over 36 appearances (13 starts).

Crochet, an Ocean Springs, Miss. native, was recommended by White Sox scout Phil Gulley.