Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 55
• 7/21: Cease impressing with White Sox
Cease had one of the best fastball/curveball combinations in the 2014 Draft and might have been a first-rounder as a Georgia high schooler if he hadn't injured his elbow that March. The Cubs still paid him $1.5 million as a sixth-rounder despite his pending Tommy John surgery, then brought him back slowly before including him in the Jose Quintana trade with the White Sox in July 2017. He took off in 2018, winning MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year honors after excelling in Double-A and placing fifth in the Minors in opponent average (.189) and eighth in strikeout rate (11.6 per nine innings).
Cease continues to dominate with his fastball and curveball. His quick arm generates 95-98 mph heaters that regularly creep into triple-digit territory with some sinking and running life. His curve has tremendous depth and some power as well, qualifying as a true hammer when it's on.
The rest of Cease's repertoire consists of a mid-80s slider/cutter that he started using more often in 2018, and a changeup that can become an average offering once it gets more consistent. He has streamlined his delivery since turning pro and is doing a better job of repeating it, as evidenced by the fact that his walk rate has improved each year. Control may never be his forte but he's providing enough strikes to project as a starter who can make an impact.
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Chicago White Sox recalled RHP Dylan Cease from Charlotte Knights.
Chicago White Sox optioned RHP Dylan Cease to Charlotte Knights.
Chicago White Sox selected the contract of Dylan Cease from Birmingham Barons.
Birmingham Barons activated RHP Dylan Cease from the temporarily inactive list.
Birmingham Barons placed RHP Dylan Cease on the temporarily inactive list.
RHP Dylan Cease assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.
RHP Dylan Cease assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Kannapolis Intimidators.
Chicago White Sox invited non-roster RHP Dylan Cease to spring training.
Kannapolis Intimidators activated RHP Dylan Cease from the 7-day disabled list.
Kannapolis Intimidators placed RHP Dylan Cease on the 7-day disabled list.
Chicago White Sox traded LHP Jose Quintana to Chicago Cubs for 2B Bryant Flete, RHP Dylan Cease, LF Eloy Jimenez and 1B Matt Rose.
RHP Dylan Cease assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators.
South Bend Cubs activated RHP Dylan Cease from the 7-day disabled list.
South Bend Cubs placed RHP Dylan Cease on the 7-day disabled list.
RHP Dylan Cease assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
RHP Dylan Cease assigned to Eugene Emeralds from AZL Cubs.
RHP Dylan Cease assigned to AZL Cubs.
Chicago Cubs signed RHP Dylan Cease.