The Sox selected RHP Kris Honel in the first round (16th overall) of the 2001 amateur draft from…
Loaiza Back For 2004
The signing comes just four days after Bartolo Colon blew off a 3-year deal worth $39 million. Loaiza went to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Alhough the Sox were originally planning on him being a No. 5 starter, he shocked the baseball world right out of the gates and was the American League starting pitcher in the All-Star game at the Sox' home, U.S. Cellular Field in July. He became the first Sox pitcher to win 20 games in 10 years, when Jack McDowell won 22 back in 1993.
Equally impressive was that Loaiza tied Fernando Valenzuela's record for most victories by a Mexican-born pitcher when he defeated the Kansas City Royals in the season finale September 28 at Kauffman Stadium.
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