Right-handed reliever Rob Scahill has agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (on Twitter). The Marc Kligman client will receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training and compete for a bullpen spot.
It’s a homecoming for Scahill, who was raised in the Chicago suburbs and attended both high school and college in Illinois. The 30-year-old (31 in February) has seen action in parts of six Major League seasons with the Rockies, Pirates and Brewers and spent the entirety of the 2017 campaign in the Milwaukee organization. Scahill logged 22 1/3 innings in the Majors with the Brewers and pitched to a 4.43 ERA, albeit with just 10 strikeouts against 10 walks. He logged an additional 25 1/3 frames in Triple-A, where he posted a 1.40 ERA with 6.7 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9.
Overall, Scahill has tossed 144 2/3 innings in the Majors and averaged 6.0 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9 with a 54.8 percent ground-ball rate. Though he doesn’t miss many bats, he’s averaged better than 94 mph on his sinker and held righties to a fairly modest .232/.317/.389 batting line throughout his big league tenure.