The White Sox have sent reliever Lane Ramsey outright to Triple-A Charlotte after he cleared waivers, the team announced (relayed by Daryl Van Shouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times). This is Ramsey’s first career outright assignment. Since he also has less than three years of major league service time, he does not have the ability to test free agency.
Ramsey remains in the organization that drafted him in the 23rd round in 2018 out of Oklahoma. He spent parts of five seasons in the minors before reaching the big leagues last August. Skipper Pedro Grifol called upon him 21 times in low-leverage relief. The 6’9″ righty pitched to a 5.85 ERA with a below-average 19.6% strikeout rate over 20 innings.
The 27-year-old missed more bats in the minor leagues. Ramsey punched out an impressive 28.6% of batters faced in 36 innings with Triple-A Charlotte last year. That didn’t translate to particularly strong results, though, as he surrendered 5.50 earned runs per nine. As has been the case throughout his minor league career, throwing strikes was a major problem. He walked more than 16% of opposing hitters for the Knights and has handed out free passes at a 10.6% clip in his minor league tenure.
That squeezed him off the roster last weekend. Chicago acquired Prelander Berroa and Zach DeLoach — each of whom are on the 40-man roster — from Seattle for closer Gregory Santos. Ramsey was designated for assignment as the corresponding transaction. He’ll likely get a non-roster invitation to MLB camp as he tries to reclaim a spot in a wide open Sox bullpen.