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White Sox promote Bummer to Major Leagues

Southpaw reaches big leagues after starting the season in Winston
July 27, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 27, 2017) - Former Dash pitcher Aaron Bummer, who began the year on Winston-Salem's Opening Day roster, has earned his first promotion to the Major Leagues, the Chicago White Sox announced on Thursday. Bummer is the 352nd Winston-Salem alumnus to make it to the big leagues, with

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 27, 2017) - Former Dash pitcher Aaron Bummer, who began the year on Winston-Salem's Opening Day roster, has earned his first promotion to the Major Leagues, the Chicago White Sox announced on Thursday. Bummer is the 352nd Winston-Salem alumnus to make it to the big leagues, with 44 of them playing for the franchise during the Dash era (2009-present). 
Bummer, who was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this season, becomes the fifth player to reach The Show within the same year he suited up in the Dash purple. The left-hander joins fellow pitchers Daniel Hudson (2009), Chris Sale (2010) and Daniel Webb (2013), and infielder Gregory Infante (2010).

Despite sustaining an elbow injury during his debut season in 2014 that caused him to miss all of the following year, Bummer has quickly ascended up the White Sox system. The southpaw returned to the mound at the end of the 2016 season, spending short stints with Chicago's rookie-level affiliates in Arizona and Great Falls before being promoted to Winston-Salem. In five appearances for the Dash last season, Bummer posted a 1.80 ERA.
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A 19th-round pick by Chicago in 2014 out of the University of Nebraska, Bummer continued his rapid rise through the farm system this year. After registering a 0-2 record with a 4.91 ERA and 15 strikeouts in eight outings with Winston-Salem, the 23-year-old earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham.  
With the Barons, Bummer continued to post impressive strikeout numbers, notching 34 in 33 innings pitched. Overall, the Valencia, Calif., native went 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances with Birmingham before advancing to Triple-A Charlotte, where he yielded a 1.80 ERA in three appearances (one earned run in five innings).
Prior to joining the White Sox organization, Bummer pitched three seasons for the Cornhuskers. Over 51 outings in his college career, the lefty finished with an 11-6 record with a 3.06 ERA.
Bummer is the fourth Winston-Salem alumnus to earn his first promotion to the big leagues in 2017. Former outfielders Jacob May and Adam Engel and right-hander Brad Goldberg have enjoyed their first stints in the Majors this season.