On Wednesday in a move that garnered little national attention, the White Sox traded away former 2006 first round pick Kyle McCulloch to the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations. A star shortstop in high school, McCulloch became a full time pitcher in college at Texas. But after five relatively obscure seasons in the White Sox, the Sox have finally given up on him.
Once a well regarded prospect. McCulloch works in the 88-92 range with his fastball and features a changeup that once held a lot of promise but never turned into the sort of swing and miss pitch that scouts had expected. He also throws a curve. The mix has produced decidedly uninspired results, as his career strikeout rate stands at just 5.1 and his command isn't anything special either, with career walk rate of 2.9.
While McCulloch has slowly advanced through the Sox system, reaching AAA last season, he'll be head to Cincinnati as more of an organizational bullpen arm.