The Chicago White Sox wrapped up their September call ups on Monday, announcing the promotion of a pair of young prospects.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced prior to Monday’s game that the White Sox had called up outfielder Ryan Cordell from Triple-A Charlotte, and right-handed relief pitcher Jose Ruiz from Double-A Birmingham.
Ryan Cordell is off to the races! pic.twitter.com/Db7clYAqki— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 16, 2018
The promotions come just days after the MLB rosters officially expanded from 25 to 40, however Hahn stated on Monday that the White Sox would not maximize their major league roster.
Cordell was viewed at as a potential fourth outfielder during Spring Training, however after missing out on the Opening Day roster, Cordell fractured his collarbone just weeks into the Triple-A season, missing over three months.
In 51 games between Triple-A and Double-A/Arizona League (rehab assignments), Cordell hit .246 with four home runs and 26 runs driven in.
Cordell was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers last July in exchange for Anthony Swarzak. Cordell could see significant playing time down the stretch with multiple White Sox outfielders dealing with injuries.
Ruiz, a 23-year old hard-throwing righty, was claimed off of waivers from the San Diego Padres during the winter. Ruiz is the White Sox 24th-ranked prospect (per MLB.Com Pipeline), and has spent time in High-A and Double-A in 2018.
In 43 appearances in 2018, Ruiz is 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA. In 58.2 innings, Ruiz has struck out 77 while saving 16 games. Opponents have hit just .188 against Ruiz, whose fastball-slider-changeup combo could make him a late-inning/high-leverage relief candidate.