However, the White Sox made an anticipated move a day early. Following the trade of reliever Xavier Cedeno to the Milwaukee Brewers, the White Six announced that they have promoted Ian Hamilton, the teams 16th-ranked prospect per MLB.Com.
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Hamilton has had a 2018 huge season split between Double-A and Triple-A. In 43 appearances (51.2 innings), Hamilton has a 1.74 ERA. Hamilton has allowed just two home runs on the season, and has struck out 62 batters while walking just 16.
Hamiltons future is likely in the back-end of the White Sox bullpen, as the 23-year old righty has saved 22 games this season. With a upper-90s fastball that can occasionally hit triple-digits, and a lethal slider, Hamilton has all the looks of being the White Sox closer of the future.
The White Sox have already added rookie relievers Jace Fry, Thyago Vieira, and Ryan Burr to their major-league bullpen mix. Hamilton is the biggest name of the bunch, and will look to immediately emerge as a top arm in the White Sox pen.
Podcast: It's Michael Kopech Day! Podcast: Eloy Jimenez won't get called up. Is that right? White Sox deal away another bullpen piece The White Sox traded away another member of their bullpen Friday, dealing Xavier Cedeno to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects.
Noteworthy pitching prospect Ian Hamilton was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte to take Cedenos vacated spot on the roster.
Cedeno was signed as a minor league free agent during the offseason, though his veteran status reflected a potential desire by the White Sox front office to replicate last years strategy of trading away solid relievers for rebuild-bolstering prospects. Prior to trading Cedeno, the White Sox also shipped Joakim Soria to the Brewers and Luis Avilan to the Philadelphia Phillies, showing a somewhat successful duplication of last years efforts.
In return, the White Sox acquired outfield prospect Bryan Connell and pitching prospect Johan Dominguez, both of whom are playing at the Rookie ball level.
Hamiltons ascension to the big league team is perhaps the most impactful news as far as the rebuilding effort goes. Hamilton is viewed as a potential important piece of the White Sox bullpen of the future. An 11th-round draft pick in 2016, he has a career 2.54 ERA in the minor leagues, including a pencil-thin 1.74 ERA in 43 appearances this season between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He saved 22 games this season.