Thursday, January 30, 2014
WSC Birth Years: Daniel Webb
Born: August 18, 1989
Daniel was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009 in the 18th round. He spent time in rookie and class A ball in 2010 and 2011. Webb was traded to the White Sox, along with pitcher Myles Jaye, when Jason Frasor headed back to Toronto on January 1, 2012. He was at Kannaplois class A in 2012. Daniel ran through Winston-Salem class A, Birmingham class AA and Charlotte class AAA, before making his MLB debut with the Sox in 2013.
Webb's first game was on September 4, 2013, against the New York Yankees. He pitched the seventh inning, giving up a run when Derek Jeter scored on a sacrifice fly by Alfonso Soriano. Jeff Keppinger made an unassisted double play at first base off the bat of Curtis Granderson to end the inning and the leadoff walk to Jeter was the only scoring done by New York during Daniel's inning. Webb made a total of nine appearances for the ChiSox in 2013, improving in most outings. His only real blemish came in a game on September 10, 2013, against the Detroit Tigers, where Daniel allowed four hits and two runs in the ninth inning of a game the Sox were already losing by six.
While his first three outings were strikeout free, Webb's last six appearances yielded ten strikeouts, averaging a little under one strikeout per inning over all nine games. Daniel earned his first hold in his last 2013 appearance on September 28th, against the Kansas City Royals. Webb has the potential to be an integral part of the bullpen, if he can capitalize on the success of his brief tenure on the parent club.