More Non-Roster Pitchers in Camp
Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on Saturday, February 15 and the first official workout started a day later on Sunday, February 16. Later this week, the rest of the White Sox players will join in on the fun on Thursday, February 20. Spring Training games are not too far away and baseball season is on the horizon. I can’t wait for an exciting 2014.
Here are a two more notable pitchers in camp as non-roster invitees:
David Purcey is back with the White Sox for a second straight season. Purcey originally signed with the Chicago White Sox in November of 2012. The University of Oklahoma product began the 2013 season with the Charlotte Knights and excelled on the mound. The 31-year-old was selected to the IL All-Star Team on July 3 — earning an IL All-Star spot for the second time in his career. His other All-Star nod came in 2008 while with Triple-A Syracuse. He posted an 8-6 record with a league-best 2.69 ERA in 19 games that season.
At the time of his All-Star nod in 2013, the Illinois native was 0-2 with a 3.03 ERA and three saves for the Knights in 26 games. In 38.2 innings pitched, Purcey struck-out 43 batters and left-handers were hitting just .146 (6-41) against him.
Purcey never had a chance to play in the All-Star Game though as later that day the right-hander was promoted to Chicago. He never returned to Charlotte and went on to post a 1-1 record with a 2.13 ERA in 24 games for the South Siders.
In October of 2013, Purcey became a free agent, but that didn’t last very long. He signed with the White Sox in November and this spring he will now compete for a spot in the Chicago bullpen. In five Major League seasons, Purcey owns a career line of 7-13 with a 4.98 ERA in 111 games.
Purcey wasn’t the only right-handed pitcher to sign a contract with the Chicago White Sox in November of 2013. He wasn’t the only Oklahoma guy either.
The club also signed RHP Parker Frazier to a Minor League deal. Frazier, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has spent the past seven seasons in the minors. Originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the eighth round of the 2007 draft, Frazier spent the first six years of his career as a starting pitcher. In 2013, he moved to the bullpen — and also changed organizations.
After pitching in Colorado’s system from 2007 to 2013, the Rockies traded Frazier in July of 2013 for Reds farmhand Armando Galarraga. At the time, the Tulsa native was pitching for the Tulsa Drillers (Double-A Rockies) and was 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 games. He spent nine games in Triple-A last year for the first time in his career and posted a 0-1 mark with a 10.67 ERA for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Now, Frazier is in camp with the White Sox looking for chance to lock down a spot in the club’s bullpen. After starting 116 games over six seasons in the Rockies system, Frazier will look to successfully continue his transition to the ‘pen. With Double-A Pensacola last year after his trade to the Reds organization, he went 2-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 13 games. Frazier is just 25 years old and owns a career Minor League record of 40-52 with a 4.66 ERA in 160 games.