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The White Sox continue to build up while the Cubs continue to tear down.
It is also just the third trade between the Cubs and White Sox in the last two decades.
Bailey Horn, LHP
A fifth-round pick out of Auburn last year, Horn quickly emerged as one of the most promising pitchers in the White Sox’s system and ranked No. 25 on their midseason Top 30 Prospects update. He’s pitched to a 5.63 ERA this year between the two Class A levels as a starter, but his stuff makes him intriguing if he moves to the bullpen. Horn’s fastball sits at 95 mph and touches 98 from the left side, and he backs it up with a curveball and a slider that both show average to above-average potential. He gets too much of the plate at times and his fastball command needs to improve, as does his general ability to locate his pitches. Horn has completed five innings only once in 14 appearances this year and has bounced between the rotation and the bullpen. His future is in relief, but he has a chance to be a middle or high-leverage reliever.
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Ryan Tepera, RHP
Tepera has been a steady, consistent reliever over his seven-year career, posting a 3.54 ERA in 280 appearances while averaging more than a strikeout per inning. He primarily pitched the seventh and eighth innings for the Cubs this year and will fill a similar role with the White Sox. He primarily throws his mid-to-upper-80s slider and uses a low-to-mid-90s fastball as a secondary pitch. He primarily keeps the ball on the ground and frequently induces weak contact.