The newest members of the White Sox organization now have their assignments.
According to MiLB.com’s transaction page, the recently acquired Edgar Quero (catcher) and Ky Bush (left-handed pitcher) have both been assigned to Double-A Birmingham. The two players, who make up the return for right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, will likely be making their debuts sometime this weekend.
Quero, 20, is the big prize in the deal, as he’s rated by MLB.com as the No. 65 overall prospect in baseball. In 317 plate appearances in Double-A this season, he’s hitting .245/.385/.332 with three home runs. Quero has walked (17.0%) more than he has struck out (16.7%) while allowing just two passed balls. He also has a 25% caught-stealing rate (23/92), which is solid at the minor league level. A switch-hitting catcher with a strong feel for the strike zone, MLB.com estimates Quero’s major league arrival could come sometime in 2025.
Bush, 23, is rated by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in the Angels system. A 6-foot-6, 240-pound native of Ogden, Utah, he is 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA (17 ER/26.0 IP) and 33 strikeouts (11.4 per 9.0 IP) in six starts this season with Double-A Rocket City in the Southern League. Over his last three outings, Bush is 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA (3 ER/14.2 IP) and 17 strikeouts.
From a scouting standpoint, here is what Baseball America has to say about the tall left-hander:
“Bush is a big, hulking lefthander at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds. His four-pitch mix is headlined by an above-average fastball that sits 93-94 mph and touches 96 with sinking action out of his high, three-quarters arm slot. His best secondary offering is a sharp, plus slider in the mid 80s with a late vertical break that gets swings and misses. Bush manipulates the speed and break of his slider and uses it best going down and away from lefthanded hitters and to the back foot of righthanded ones. Bush can generate swings and misses with his fringy, slow curveball and he has a feel for an average, fading changeup, but both remain inconsistent. He is a sneaky-good athlete given his large frame and throws strikes with average control out of repeatable delivery.”
For a more in-depth analysis of the two minor league players, read our Nik Gaur’s latest article by clicking here.
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