So long Bruney, we barely knew ye

Brian Bruney has been placed on the disabled list with hip inflammation after making all of one appearances with the major league club (but he warmed up plenty of times!).

That one appearance was pitching the 10th inning of the Sunday’s walk-off win against the Brewers, and offered the full Bruney experience–he walked two, struck out two, and barely escaped with the game intact.  Now his 18.00 K/9, and 18.00 BB/9 will live on for another 15 days.

In his stead comes Brian Omogrosso from AAA Charlotte, a 28 year-old veteran of seven minor league seasons and two major arm surgeries (TJ & Labrum tear).  Despite the injury history, Omogrosso can still bring the heat.  He reportedly hit 99 mph the other week and frequently sits in the mid-90’s.

Omogrosso’s AAA ERA is a pedestrian 4.09, but his statistical profile suggests dominance.  He’s thrown 33 innings this season, striking out 40 with just six walks.  That control is not typical of his career history, and unlikely to hold up under major league scrutiny.

This brings the amount of Charlotte Knights called up this season to seven (and yet they’re still 46-36), which is also the number of rookies on the pitching staff, with nine rookies on the roster overall.

There’s no quibbling with how remarkable it is that the White Sox have essentially flooded the roster with youth and still remain a first-place team.  That their almost all-rookie bullpen is still competent is quite an achievement in coaching and development.

Yet it’s not quite the stirring refutation of every pre-season condemnation of the White Sox minor league system it’s made out to be.  Farm systems are analyzed for their ability to produce starters and stars, not so much for churning out fourth outfielders and middle relievers.  So far, the only player the Sox have shocked the world with their ability to transform him into a major contributor is Jose Quintana.


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