The White Sox are closing out 2022 with one final deal.
According to MiLB.com, the team has signed right-handed pitcher Jesse Scholtens to a minor league contract. Scholtens has since been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Originally drafted by the Padres in the ninth round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Scholtens has spent his entire professional career in the San Diego organization. He played this past season with Triple-A El Paso, going 4-4 with a 4.10 ERA (38 ER/83.1 IP) with 92 strikeouts, and a 1.36 WHIP. Of his 37 appearances, 15 of them were starts.
Scholtens also pitched for the Dominican Winter League’s Aguilas briefly this offseason. The 28-year-old went 2–0 with a 1.17 ERA and a 1.043 WHIP after four games (two starts). He allowed two runs on 14 hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched. Scholtens elected free agency on November 11.
For the White Sox, this looks to be a move centered around bolstering their minor league depth. Scholtens’ ability to start games will give the Knights some flexibility as he gets set to enter his third Triple-A season.
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