Garrett Crochet

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lefthanded pitcher Garrett Crochet was the 11th overall pick of the 2020 amateur draft, by the Chicago White Sox from the University of Tennessee. He was considered to have the best fastball in that year's draft. In 2017, he had been a 34th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers but had decided to attend college. In the last regular season start of his sophomore year at Tennessee, he was hit in the face by a line drive and suffered a broken jaw, but returned two weeks later to pitch in the 2019 CWS Regionals. In 2020, as a junior, he pitched only 3 1/3 innings before the season was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Like many other top picks from the 2020 draft, as soon as he signed with the White Sox, he was added to their 60-player pool in order for him to work out with major leaguers and other top prospects at the team's alternative training site in Schaumburg, IL, with the minor leagues being shut down. Thus when he was called up to pitch for the big team on September 18th, he was not only the first player from the 2020 draft to appear in a major league game - doing so even before anyone selected in the 2019 draft had played in the majors - but also the first player since Mike Leake in 2009 to go straight to the majors.

In his debut he pitched one scoreless inning in relief in a 7-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, striking two of three batters he faced and hitting 101 mph on the radar gun. He made 5 appearances in total, all in relief, pitching 6 innings in which he gave up just 3 hits and no runs, walking none and striking out 8. He was added to the White Sox's postseason roster, and in the decisive Game 3 of the Wild Card Series against the Oakland Athletics, he came into the game in relief of Dane Dunning in the 1st inning, striking out Matt Olson to end the frame with two runners on base. He then also struck out the first batter of the 2nd inning, Khris Davis, but something was off, as his fastball was around 95 and not customary 100 mph, and he was immediately removed from the game with forearm tightness.

Further Reading[edit]

  • David Adler: "White Sox top Draft pick has 100-mph heat", mlb.com, June 10, 2020. [1]
  • Scott Merkin: "Drafted in June, Crochet hits 101 in debut", mlb.com, September 19, 2020. [2]

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