The Chicago White Sox are expected to make a flurry of promotions in a day or so once the Major League rosters expand from 25 to 40.
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.
Ian Hamilton finishes it off w a K. Knights win 3-1.— Jonathan Lee (@followmefor3) August 28, 2018
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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.
Hamilton’s 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.