Dylan Cease Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 195 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/28/1995 (27)
Dylan Cease Season Stats
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Dylan Cease News
The Chicago White Sox and starting pitcher Dylan Cease avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.7 million deal. Cease finished up his fourth season with the White Sox with a 14-8 record, career-low 2.20 ERA (3.10 FIP), 1.11 WHIP and 30.4 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 184 innings over 32 starts. The 27-year-old was among the league's elite starting pitchers last season, but he did walk a league-high 78 batters along the way. Cease finished up his regular season with quality starts in five of his last six outings and struck out a career-high 227 batters (one more than 2021). Needless to say, he'll be a pretty popular high-end fantasy starter in drafts this spring.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease will take home over $2.4 million in the first-ever pre-arbitration bonus pool after finishing second in the American League Cy Young voting and sixth in Wins Above Replacement among qualified players, according to a source. The new collective bargaining agreement set aside $50 million for the top 100 players, according to MLB's WAR metric. Cease will earn an extra $707,425 due to his WAR ranking and $1.75 million for his second-place finish in Cy Young voting. Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez will make the second-most at $2,381,143 due to his top ranking in WAR and for finishing third in the AL MVP.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease fell one out shy of a no-hitter on Saturday night as his team went on to a 13-0 victory over the Twins. The right-hander walked just two baserunners entering the ninth inning, but a Luis Arraez single to right field ended his bid at history. Cease still finished out the ballgame to complete the 103-pitch shutout, striking out seven batters in the performance. He now owns a superb 2.13 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 197 K through 156 IP on the year as he'll look to keep up his dominance in a road matchup versus Oakland next week.
Cease was a true breakout in 2022, posting a sick 2.20 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP on his way to finishing second in Cy Young voting. He stymied hitters all year long, posting a .255 xwOBA while posting a top-ten strikeout rate of 30.5%. The strikeout rate is backed up by an elite swinging-strike rate (15.8%, sixth-best in the league), and with two great pitches in his arsenal (four-seamer and slider), we should expect the high strikeout rate to stick around indefinitely. The worrisome part of the profile is the walk rate of 10.2%. Only eight pitchers with 20+ GS in 2022 had a worse walk rate, and that does make the 1.11 WHIP a bit harder to believe in. This has long been a problem for him, as his career walk rate sits at 10.6%. I'm not sure we can really count on serious improvement there in 2023, which should leave us pessimistic that Cease can put up another Cy Young-caliber season. He's young enough (27) to still improve on that, and having a strikeout rate above 30% wipes out plenty of those free passes, but I'm not convinced Cease should be drafted in the top five at SP, which he currently is. You may be better off focusing on pitchers with lower walk rates to serve as your fantasy team's ace.