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Sox Populi Player of the Week (June 22-26): Drew Thorpe

When we placed Drew Thorpe as the top White Sox pitching prospect — over the vaunted, No. 1 draft choice phenom Noah Schultz — eyebrows may have been raised.

But as tantalizing as Schultz’s potential is, he’s still just 20 years old and has yet to throw five innings in any one of his 23 pro games. Thorpe, the reigning MiLB Pitcher of the Year, hit the ground running at Birmingham and had just one of 11 starts where he FAILED to go at least five innings.

The jump to the majors directly from Double-A has hardly daunted Thorpe, either. Three of his four White Sox starts have been otherworldly, and if you throw his June 16 Arizona mauling in the garbage can, the rookie has thrown to a 1.59 ERA.

2024 South Side Sox Players of the Week
Eloy Jiménez (February 23-March 2)
Eloy Jiménez (March 3-11)
Chuckie Robinson (March 12-19)
Michael Soroka (March 20-27)
Garrett Crochet (March 28-April 3)
Gavin Sheets (April 4-11)
The Fans (April 12-18)
Korey Lee (April 19-24)
Tommy Pham (April 25-May 2)
Garrett Crochet (May 3-8)
Garrett Crochet (May 9-16)
Corey Julks (May 17-22)
Garrett Crochet (May 23-30)
Paul DeJong (May 31—June 6)
Garrett Crochet (June 7-13)
Erick Fedde (June 14-21)
Drew Thorpe (June 22-26)

Top 10 MVP Standings
Garrett Crochet (116.3)
Erick Fedde (68.6)
Korey Lee (42.1)
The Fans (36.6)
Chris Flexen (30.7)
Tommy Pham (30.0)
Jonathan Cannon (24.2)
Gavin Sheets (20.4)
Danny Mendick (16.8)
Michael Soroka (13.3)

Top 10 Cold Cat Standings
Pedro Grifol (-118.4)
Martín Maldonaldo (-37.3)
Andrew Benintendi (-36.4)
The Entire Roster (-24.7)
The Offense (-24.4)
Luis Robert Jr. (-22.0)
Dominic Fletcher (-19.9)
John Brebbia (-18.5)
Steven Wilson (18.4)
Andrew Vaughn (-15.9)

Pedro Grifol actually avoided getting any negative votes, albeit in a short week of polling!

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