Control issues are something that can quickly derail the Major League career of any pitcher, and in the case of Chicago White Sox reliever Donnie Veal, they have reportedly cost him his job.
Source: LHP Donnie Veal placed on outright waivers yesterday by #WhiteSox following DFA. Will be claimed/clear in next 24 hours.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) April 18, 2014
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that, in addition to being designated for assignment by the White Sox on Thursday (this has been confirmed by the team), Veal has been placed on outright waivers, effectively terminating any relationship between the two parties and allowing him to be claimed or become a free agent. The 29-year-old left-hander has MLB-quality stuff in his arsenal, as evidenced by a career strikeout rate of 9.74 K/9, but he simply hasn’t been able to find the plate at times, and that’s not acceptable at this level.
This season, Veal has 7 walks in 6 innings of work (to go along with a 7.50 ERA) and a recent outing in which he allowed 4 runs in less than 2 innings was apparently the final straw. It would be somewhat surprising if Veal wasn’t picked up by a team in the near future, but unless they can channel his stuff, it’ll be a long road back.