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Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 0" 200 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 11, #326, Chicago White Sox) - Washington State
Dover, NH USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 1 2 4.50 10 0 0 8.0 5 1.00
1 Season 1 2 4.50 10 0 0 8.0 5 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 10 1-2 4.50 8.0 5 1.00
1 Season 10 1-2 4.50 8.0 5 1.00

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 CWS AL 33 1 2 4.50 10 0 0 8.0 6 5 4 2 2 5 1.00
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 40

After saving a school-record 28 games in his first two seasons at Washington State, Hamilton had some success as a starter in the Cape Cod League and moved into the Cougars rotation as a junior in 2016. But he went 2-10 with a 4.86 ERA, his stuff regressed and he slid to the White Sox in the 11th round. He immediately found success once returning to the bullpen in pro ball and advanced to the big leagues in a little more than two years, though he had a disastrous 2019 during which he injured his shoulder in a car accident in March and saw his season end when a line drive broke his jaw in June and necessitated multiple surgeries.

Hamilton's fastball dipped into the low-90s with less life when he was a starter, but in shorter stints it's back to sitting in the mid-90s, reaching triple digits and featuring heavy sink. His power slider ranges from 87-90 mph and has become a consistent plus offering. He'll mix in a changeup to combat left-handers and flash some average ones at times, though it got hammered in his brief introduction to the Majors.

Hamilton's control got shaky at times in college and early in his pro career, but he has done a much better job of challenging hitters the past two seasons. He keeps the ball down in the strike zone, a necessity for someone who will work high-leverage innings at Guaranteed Rate Field. He could emerge as Chicago's closer once he returns to full health.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 117 25 1 4.0 85.2 13.4 .249 .376 .293 .300 .312 32.0 15.2 6.1
ALL 117 25 1 4.0 85.2 13.4 .249 .376 .293 .300 .312 32.0 15.2 6.1
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/30/2019 Chicago White Sox recalled RHP Ian Hamilton from Charlotte Knights.
05/24/2019 Charlotte Knights placed RHP Ian Hamilton on the 7-day injured list retroactive to May 22, 2019.
04/04/2019 Chicago White Sox optioned RHP Ian Hamilton to Charlotte Knights.
03/26/2019 Chicago White Sox placed RHP Ian Hamilton on the 10-day injured list retroactive to March 25, 2019. Right shoulder inflammation.
08/31/2018 Chicago White Sox selected the contract of RHP Ian Hamilton from Charlotte Knights.
06/21/2018 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Charlotte Knights from Birmingham Barons.
04/02/2018 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.
03/10/2018 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Chicago White Sox.
06/22/2017 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Birmingham Barons.
04/28/2017 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.
04/06/2017 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Kannapolis Intimidators.
06/24/2016 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators from AZL White Sox.
06/20/2016 RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to AZL White Sox.
06/20/2016 Ian Hamilton assigned to AZL White Sox.
06/18/2016 Chicago White Sox signed RHP Ian Hamilton.