White Sox first round pick Garrett Crochet became the first Major League rookie since Mike Leake in 2010 to jump straight from amateur baseball to the Big Leagues when he made his MLB debut Friday night. Crochet was selected No. 11 overall in the 2020 MLB Draft out of the University of Tennessee and all he did in his first Major League appearance was blow a couple 100 MPH fastballs right by the first two batters he faced in Brian Goodwin and Jose Garcia.
It's pretty easy to see why Chicago felt confident calling Crochet up in the middle of a pennant race despite the fact his last appearance in a game was against Wright State on March 7. The kid has absolutely electric stuff.
In a season full of some of the weirdest things we've seen recently in baseball, a kid who made one total appearance in college this spring making the jump straight to the Majors seems about par for the course. But after seeing what Crochet already has in his arsenal, the White Sox may have just added another weapon out of the bullpen for the Postseason.
If the Braves can't win the World Series, I want to see Big Garrett coming in to close it out for the Chicago White Sox.