This afternoon, the Chicago White Sox announced that outfielder Ryan Cordell and Jose Ruiz have both been promoted from their affiliates and will be joining the team in Chicago. Cordell and Ruiz join Ryan Burr, Ian Hamilton, and Caleb Frare as the end of the season call-ups for the White Sox.
Ryan Cordell was acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers that sent Anthony Swarzak to Milwaukee in exchange for Cordell. When the White Sox acquired him last season, he was a “close to MLB ready” prospect and now he’s getting his opportunity to show the White Sox what he can bring to the table.
Cordell spent majority of the 2018 season with the Charlotte Knights. However, a broken clavicle placed him on the disabled list from April until late July. After recovering from the injury, he went on a rehab assignment with the AZL White Sox and then spent some time in Birmingham before heading back to Charlotte, his most recent affiliate.
In 44 games with the Knights, Cordell slashed .239/.281/.364 with 3 home runs and 22 RBIs. Those numbers are not eye popping for a 26-year-old prospect, but Ryan Cordell started turning things around over the last month. In August, he hit .289 with 3 home runs and 19 RBIs. He made his MLB debut this afternoon as a pinch runner where he scored the winning run on a Matt Davidson walk-off home run.
The White Sox claimed Jose Ruiz off waivers from the San Diego Padres after last season. During this season, Ruiz was initially assigned to Winston-Salem before being promoted to Birmingham in May.
Ruiz has been an intriguing bullpen arm during his time in the minor leagues, and he will continue to work in the bullpen at the major league level. Between Winston-Salem and Birmingham, Jose Ruiz posted a 3.07 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 24 walks in 58.2 innings pitched.
The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher has made one appearance at the major league level with the Padres where he tossed one scoreless inning with no hits, one walk, and one strikeout. He has not made his White Sox debut yet, but you can expect to see him get some action during this week.
Ryan Burr was fifth round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2015 MLB Draft as a pitching prospect out of Arizona State. In August of last year, the White Sox acquired Burr from the Diamondbacks in exchange for international bonus pool money.
In his first full season with the White Sox, Burr spent time with Birmingham and Charlotte this year before he was promoted to the majors. In 37 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Ryan Burr had a 2.45 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 25 walks in 51.1 innings pitched.
Burr, a 24-year-old right-hander, was called up on August 22, so he has already seen some action at the major league level. In 3.2 innings of work, Ryan Burr has given up two hits, one earned run, has struck out two batters, and issued no walks. During his MLB debut, he was perfect through 1.1 innings with two strikeouts.
Ian Hamilton was an eleventh round selection of the White Sox in the 2016 MLB Draft. the 23-year-old has quickly ascended through the farm system as a high-leverage reliever. Hamilton split time this season between Birmingham and Charlotte where he was an extremely reliable arm out of the bullpen.
The 23-year-old right-hander has put together his most successful professional season in 2018. Hamilton posted a 1.74 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 62 strikeouts and 16 walks in 51.2 total innings this season between Charlotte and Birmingham. Also, he had a 10.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9, working primarily as the closer.
Hamilton has already made his MLB debut, getting two relief appearances for the White Sox. Ian Hamilton has been perfect in 2.1 innings, giving up no hits, no walks, and picking up two strikeouts. In a 1-1 game this afternoon, Hamilton had the first two strikeouts of his MLB career. He entered the game in the eighth inning and kept the Tigers bats silent while he was on the mound for 1.1 innings.
Caleb Frare was an eleventh round draft pick of the New York Yankees in the 2012 MLB Draft. The White Sox acquired Frare from New York in exchange for international bonus pool money back in July. Since then, Frare has been another reliable arm out of the bullpen for the White Sox.
Frare missed the 2013 and 2014 seasons due to Tommy John surgery and being hit by a car. However, despite the unfortunate situations early in his career, Caleb Frare has bounced back to become a very efficient left-handed pitcher.
The 25-year-old spent this season with the Charlotte Knights before earning his promotion to the majors. In Triple-A, Frare had a 0.71 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 7 walks in 12.2 innings pitched. He ended his time in Charlotte with a 13.5 K/9 as a high-leverage reliever.
Caleb Frare has made his MLB debut with the White Sox already. In one full inning, he gave up no hits, issued no walks, and struck out two batters. If his debut is any indication of what kind of pitcher he can become, it looks like the White Sox might have found a hidden gem in Caleb Frare.
When the White Sox were deciding on which prospects they wanted to call-up towards the end of the season, their plan involved seeing what they have in bullpen arms. All of these prospects who have seen action at the major league level are already having some early success.
If these guys pan out and are a part of the bullpen in the future, the White Sox will have built a very good bullpen out of the draft, waiver claims, and trades that did not involve coughing up many assets or valuable players. Additionally, this is just a small sample of bullpen options the White Sox have for the future. There are many intriguing options still in the minor leagues, giving the White Sox the potential to have a great bullpen in the near future.
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