Chicago Cubs: Continuing to progress and impress
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In 2017, Lillis-White found himself at High-A to begin the campaign. He pitched in 13 games, totaling 22 1/3 innings and posting a much respectable 3.63 ERA while also continuing to keep his strikeout rate up, at 31.8 percent. After a short stint there, the Angels moved Lillis-White to Double-A.
Lillis-White did struggle in his time there, seeing his walk rate increase immensely, as well as posting an increased ERA, FIP, and xFIP. That being said, he still did post a 28.1 percent strikeout rate and saw an overall drop in the number of home runs he was conceding.
Last season, beginning at Double-A and ultimately working his way to Triple-A, Lillis-White saw a significant step forward in his production and overall value. Most significantly, he saw 37 1/3 innings at Triple-A, pitching in 26 total games and finishing 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA. The strikeouts returned too, as Lillis-White ended at a 31.5 percent clip.
The walks dropped too, going from 16.7 percent in 2017 to under ten percent, 9.7 percent to be exact, last season. Unfortunately, Lillis-White did post an underwhelming 4.07 FIP however that is to be expected as he continues to move towards the show.