The Chicago White Sox need to find pieces for their pitching staff, both this year and into the future. With that being the case, it is not surprising that they would take a gamble or two.
Such was the case on Wednesday. Francys Romero reported that the White Sox have signed 25 year old Cuban righty Yosimar Cousin to a two year deal worth $2 million. What makes this deal particularly notable is that it is a major league contract, meaning that Cousin needs to be added to the 40 man roster.
Yosimar Cousin could make Chicago White Sox debut relatively soon
Given the length of the deal, it is possible that the White Sox expect Cousin to be a factor sooner rather than later. Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, and Michael Kopech have all struggled in the rotation this season. The bullpen has also struggled to protect leads. Cousin could end up being a necessary piece in either area.
However, it is fair to wonder how well he will perform at the major league level. Cousin struggled in his most recent season in Cuba, posting a 5.68 ERA and a 1.604 WHiP over his 120.1 innings, striking out 76 batters with 41 walks. The Cuban National Series may be powered by offense, but those numbers do not give much hope for the future.
His arsenal is also somewhat underwhelming. His fastball sits in the lower 90s, topping out at 95 MPH. Cousin’s best pitch is his slider, flashing the potential to be a borderline plus offering. He also has a changeup and a curve, both of which could use more refining. It is possible that his pitches will improve once he receives better coaching stateside. The problem is that time is against the White Sox based on his contract.
The Chicago White Sox are taking a chance on Yosimar Cousin. He may get his chance in the majors much sooner than expected.