Chris Bassitt

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Position: RHP
Born: 2/22/89
Ht: 6'5" Wt: 205
Acquired: Drafted 16th round in 2011 from Akron
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #18 - 2014 Preseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2013 AFL Appearance, AFL All Star
  • 2014 AFL Appearance, AFL All Star

Scouting report

Bassitt was used as a reliever in college and showed enough to get drafted in the 16th round in 2011. After staying in the bullpen in his draft year and for part of 2012, the Sox transitioned him into a starting role with Winston-Salem. He made 10 starts with the Dash in 2012 with middling results (3.66 ERA, 75 K, 54 BB in 91 IP). He started to get some attention as a prospect thanks to a breakout season in 2013. As a full-time starter Bassitt improved his numbers across the board while repeating the Carolina League. He struck out 101, walked 42 and posted a 3.46 ERA in 18 starts (101.1 IP). He earned a promotion to AA Birmingham and posted a sub-three ERA (2.27), although his strikeout rate dipped (37 in 47.2 IP). This tall righty missed most of 2014 due to a non-baseball hand injury, but did very well in AA upon his return, earning a brief and at-times impressive stint in Chicago. He has a very good to plus fastball that runs 92-96, an improving slider that scouts have recently called above average, and a change-up that got raves in his 2014 AFL stint. That change of pace is likely the difference maker for him starting or relieving, though he has told us previously he prefers the bullpen. We should see in 2015 which role the White Sox want to use him in.

Major League Outlook: Reliever or back end starter
ETA: 2015

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