LOCALS IN MLB

Former Bruin, Ute Pitcher Makes Opening Day Roster With White Sox

Apr 8, 2022, 1:47 PM | Updated: 1:51 pm
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 16: Tanner Banks #83 of the Chicago White Sox poses for a portrait during...
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 16: Tanner Banks #83 of the Chicago White Sox poses for a portrait during the Chicago White Sox photo day at Camelback Ranch on March 16, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona.

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah pitcher Tanner Banks has made the Chicago White Sox Opening Day roster.

The White Sox announced Banks will be in the Opening Day bullpen when the White Sox open the season against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday, April 8.

His next appearance will be the first of his Major League career. Banks allowed a 4.70 earned run average in 7.2 innings pitched in Spring Training, earning a spot on a White Sox team with World Series aspirations.

The 18th-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2014 has played at every level of the White Sox system; finishing 2021 with a 4.53 earned run average while pitching for triple-A Charlotte.

As a Bruin, Banks was phenomenal while amassing a 16-0 record in two seasons while appearing in 38 games. For his Bruin career, Banks threw 112.2 innings, struck out 106 batters while walking only 50.

In two seasons as both a starter and reliever for the Utes, Banks threw 113 innings and allowed a 5.18 earned run average.

Locals in MLB

cj-cron-swings-bat...
Brian Preece

Instant Replay: Former Ute Hits MLB’s Longest Home Run Of Season

Former Utah first baseman C.J. Cron continued his career year with a titanic blast that landed more than 500 feet from home plate.
3 months ago
orlando-martinez-salt-lake-bees...
Brian Preece

Bees Bullets: Orlando Martinez Earns PCL Player Of The Week Honor

Bees outfielder Orlando Martinez was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for his performance August 9-14 against Sacramento.
4 months ago
bees-pitcher-ryan-smith-throws-pitch...
Brian Preece

Bees Bullets: Offense Stymied As Bees Drop Series Against Sacramento

The bats never really got going for Salt Lake as the Bees dropped four of six games to the fifth place Sacramento River Cats.
4 months ago
andre-jackson-throws-pitch-for-dodgers...
Brian Preece

Former Ute Andre Jackson Comes Full Circle In Baseball Career

On the doorstep of the major leagues, Andre Jackson looks back on the Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2017 season as 'a blessing in disguise'.
4 months ago
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)...
JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer

Big Papi Still Awestruck As Hall Of Fame Induction Looms

Six months after he got one of the most amazing phone calls in sports, David Ortiz is still awestruck at his good fortune.
4 months ago
2022-mlb-draft-stage...
Brian Preece

2022 MLB Draft Brings Five Local Players Step Closer To Big Leagues

Five players with Utah ties were selected in the Major League Baseball player draft held during All-Star festivities this week.
5 months ago
Former Bruin, Ute Pitcher Makes Opening Day Roster With White Sox