The Winston-Salem Dash clinched their spot in the Carolina League playoffs on Saturday, which could mean one more outing for Carson Fulmer.
Not that Fulmer necessarily needs one. He's pitched in eight games -- one in the Arizona Rookie League, and the rest for the Dash -- tacking 20 professional innings onto the 128 he threw for Vanderbilt. Going back to a minor league update post from last month, the resulting total of 148 innings is higher than any Sox draft pick over the last six years, with Jake Petricka coming closest with 145 in 2010.
The Sox are still taking it slow with Fulmer, relatively speaking, since Chris Sale was in the majors and Carlos Rodon was in Charlotte at the same points in their careers. Fulmer has built up a bigger workload than either pitcher in his draft year, though, so he should be equipped for an aggressive push in 2016 if he earns one.
(Fourth-round pick Zack Erwin is right on Fulmer's tail. The Sox drafted him after he threw 106 innings for Clemson, and he's gone on to throw 34 and counting between Great Falls and Kannapolis. )
Meanwhile, the Arizona Rookie League playoffs started on Sunday, and good news:
White Sox move to next round of AZL playoffs with 1-0 win over Dodgers in 11 innings.— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) August 31, 2015
Sunday's box scores will appear below shortly.