Prospect Drew Thorpe — a key part of the Dylan Cease trade — is in line to start for the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday


Drew Thorpe, one of the Chicago White Sox’s key additions from the Dylan Cease trade, is in line to make his major-league debut Tuesday in Seattle.

The right-hander has been phenomenal with Double-A Birmingham, going 7-1 with a 1.35 ERA in 11 starts.

“He’s a strike-thrower, he’s a competitor, he’s got a plus-plus-plus changeup,” Sox manager Pedro Grifol said Sunday morning. “He knows how to pitch, he’s calm and got a really good demeanor. Looking forward to seeing him pitch at this level because he looks like a big-leaguer.”

The Sox acquired Thorpe with reliever Steven Wilson, minor-league pitcher Jairo Iriarte and minor-league outfielder Samuel Zavala from the San Diego Padres for Cease on March 13.

Iriarte has been impressive with the Barons as well, with a 3.97 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 11 outings (10 starts).

The Sox did some shuffling for the upcoming series against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park. Erick Fedde will start Monday as planned, followed by Thorpe on Tuesday, Jonathan Cannon on Wednesday and Garrett Crochet on Thursday.

Crochet, in his first season as a starter after three seasons as a reliever, was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday.

“I told Crochet that we are shopping for innings, pitches, days, starts, you name it,” Grifol said. “So anything we can buy (for time off), we are buying just because we don’t have a blueprint for this. All we go on are his strength, our people, communication, what he does with his testing. Right now, he’s feeling pretty good.”

Thorpe is the No. 3 prospect in the Sox organization, according to

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