The White Sox and Brewers made a trade this afternoon that sent Xavier Cedeno to Milwaukee in exchange for outfield prospect Bryan Connell and right-handed pitching prospect Johan Dominguez. The White Sox also announced that Ian Hamilton will take the open roster spot previously occupied by Cedeno.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 31, 2018
Bryan Connell is a 19-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder that has spent the three years of his career in rookie level baseball since signing with the Brewers. Connell is currently getting his first taste of professional baseball in The United States, playing with the Helena Brewers which he has been assigned to since July. Prior to the recent assignment, Connell spent time playing in the Dominican Summer League.
While playing for the Helena Brewers and in the Dominican Summer League, Connell is slashing .239/.355/.432 with 7 home runs and 24 RBIs in 48 total games. With a 6’3″ 195 lb frame, Bryan Connell has a great frame to develop power as he grows in the minor league system. Defensively, he has primarily played the corner outfield spots and has also spent some time playing first-base. His assignment has yet to be announced, however, the Great Falls Voyagers currently have a game this evening against the Helena Brewers so it’s likely that he joins the Voyagers.
Johan Dominguez is a 22-year-old right-handed pitching prospect who is also getting his first taste of professional baseball in The United States during this season. Dominguez is currently putting together his best professional season, posting a 0.82 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 13 walks in 33.0 innings between the Dominican Summer League, Arizona Rookie League, and Pioneer League.
Dominguez also has a 0.62 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, and 3.5 BB/9 between the three leagues this season. Throughout his career, he has been used as a bullpen arm, which is what he will continue to do with the White Sox. Even though Johan Dominguez is an older prospect for rookie level baseball, he is likely to be assigned to the Great Falls Voyagers as well since he was previously assigned to the Helena Brewers. Plus, with the higher affiliates seasons coming to an end soon, it would make sense for him to finish this season in the league he is currently assigned to.
Ian Hamilton will be joining the team in Chicago, getting ready to make his MLB debut. Hamilton was most recently assigned to Charlotte where he saw a lot of success as the closer. He had a 1.71 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 4 walks in 26.1 innings for the Knights. In 13 save opportunities, Ian Hamilton got the job done 10 times. There was a lot of speculation that Hamilton would be getting the call when rosters expanded tomorrow, but it turns out he would not need to wait until September to get the call.
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