McCarthy pitched within the majors with the Royals each season from 2016-20. He has by no means gotten swings and misses on the charge one may anticipate from a reliever, however the sinkerballer has all the time racked up grounders in bunches and had a pair seasons the place he was profitable at protecting runs off the board. Over 191 2/3 large league innings, McCarthy owns a 3.80 ERA with a 58.7% ground-ball charge that dwarfs the 43.2% league common for bullpen arms.
Kansas Metropolis outrighted McCarthy off the 40-man roster final winter and he elected free company. The 29-year-old latched on with the Purple Sox on a minor league deal and spent many of the yr with Triple-A Worcester. He struggled to a 7.13 ERA over 35 1/3 frames, though McCarthy’s peripherals (20.6% strikeout charge, 3.5% stroll proportion, 49.6% grounder charge) have been much better than that run prevention determine may recommend. The Purple Sox launched McCarthy final month.
As a result of Chicago didn’t signal McCarthy till after August 31, he gained’t be eligible for the crew’s postseason roster. He’ll be readily available as excessive minors reduction depth for the common season’s closing couple weeks as an alternative. If the White Sox don’t add McCarthy to the 40-man roster earlier than the tip of the season, he’ll qualify for minor league free company once more this winter.