Another candidate for bullpen of the future joins White Sox bullpen of the present

Vinnie Duber
NBC Sports Chicago
<p>Ryan Burr was promoted to the major league club Wednesday, adding another potential piece of the bullpen of the future to the bullpen of the present on the South Side.</p>

Another candidate for bullpen of the future joins White Sox bullpen of the present

Ryan Burr was promoted to the major league club Wednesday, adding another potential piece of the bullpen of the future to the bullpen of the present on the South Side.

It's not going to generate the same excitement as #KopechDay, but for the second straight game, a White Sox pitching prospect - and a part of this team's future - got his first call to the big leagues.

Ryan Burr was promoted to the major league club ahead of Wednesday's game against the visiting Minnesota Twins, adding another potential piece of the bullpen of the future to the bullpen of the present on the South Side. He took the spot vacated when the White Sox dealt Luis Avilan to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Burr joined the organization in the middle of last season, when he'd yet to pitch above Class A in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. But he turned in a collective 1.65 ERA in 2017 and started this season at Double-A Birmingham. After posting a 2.72 ERA in 30 games, he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte and allowed just one earned run in his 8.1 innings there.

At 24, Burr is one of a few names - along with Zack Burdi and Ian Hamilton, both still in the minor leagues - already penciled in for potentially important roles as relievers when this rebuilding effort is planned to yield a perennial contender.

"There's a lot of excitement," Burr said about what young players are feeling down in the minor leagues as this rebuild moves forward. "Everybody wants to get on this train and kind of put their stamp on it, per se. But it's just, there's so much talent, that's the crazy part. You can kind of plug and play with anybody, so that's going to be tough on the front office. But I know everybody down there is just scrapping to try to get a chance."

Burr's getting his chance now, thanks in part to a midseason turnaround. He had a 5.23 ERA at Birmingham at the end of May. But he flipped a switch once the summer months rolled around: He allowed just one earned run over his final 16 appearances with the Barons.

"I think it was just honestly getting some confidence back," he said. "I had a really tough May, but it happens. You just kind of got to get back on the horse and trust your stuff at the end of the day. You are there for a reason. You can't try and be somebody you're not, which is going to be a big challenge for me the next couple of days when I get my first chance to pitch here. You have to remember who you are, why you are here and how you got there."

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