(AUDACY) White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease impressed in his first 10 starts of the 2021 season, with a 3-1 record to go along with a 2.98 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings. And though he's since cooled off — he has recorded a 5.44 ERA throughout June and July to this point — he might be bursting onto the scene of another sport entirely: disc golf.
Cease, 25, has been sighted flinging discs around before, both in the woods and at Guaranteed Rate Field, but he turned from practice to competition in the past week by participating in the Disc Golf Pro Tour Celebrity Pro-Am. While there, he flaunted some impressive stuff.
Cease was also interviewed by the Disc Golf Pro Tour during the event, and he gave some insight into how pitching a baseball and throwing a disc had some similarities.
"It's pretty similar in terms of, like, it's a mechanical game," Cease explained. "You've got to be able to put your body into a position to execute your angles and then kind of trust your body is going to do it. I mean, I'm not an expert at disc golf, you know. I just play for fun, but yeah, I'm throwing one thing in another sport, throwing one thing in this sport. It's pretty similar."
Two other pitchers — the Mets' Seth Lugo and the Blue Jays' Steven Matz — are fans and habitual players of disc golf, and Lugo even credited the frisbee-throwing motion with helping to give him nasty spin rates on his curveball. With 91.5% active spin on his curveball — the type of spin that affects a baseball's movement — Cease finds himself in the top 30 in baseball in curveball spin, even ahead of Lugo, who's at 89.3%. Long story short? Those disc golfers know how to make the ball move with some devastating spin.
Regardless of how it affects his production from the mound, Cease enjoys the hobby and has played a whole lot lately.
"I might do a disc golf YouTube channel this offseason, we'll see ... I'm happy with where I'm at, but I think if I pursued disc golf I could be pretty good at it, honestly," Cease said. "I played probably four or five days a week this offseason with my brother, so between COVID and then this offseason I was able to get a lot of practice, but I was not good at the very start. But I've made strides."