Chris Comito, a 15th-round pick out of high school in Iowa, pitched five solid innings and the White Sox of the Rookie-level Arizona League held off the Mariners 3-2 to win the AZL championship.
Jake Fincher, a 29th-round pick from N.C. State, was 2-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. Fincher slashed .292/.360/.435 in his first pro season.
“He’s done great wherever I’ve put him,” White Sox manager Mike Gellinger told milb.com of Fincher. “Sometimes I’ve had him ninth, sometimes I’ve had him sixth and sometimes I’ve had him lead off. He handles the bat well and he has tremendous speed.”
Gareth Morgan, the Mariners’ supplemental second-rounder in 2014, was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He posted a .653 OPS this season, a marked improvement from the .496 he compiled in 2014 after signing for $2 million to pass on an N.C. State commitment.
The White Sox defeated the Dodgers’ and Royals’ AZL teams to advance to the one-game championship finale.