The Birmingham Barons and Chicago White Sox have announced that RHP Chris Bassitt has been promoted to Chicago where he'll start game two of today's split doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. Roster at 23.
Bassitt, 25, went 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA (6 ER/34.2 IP) and 36 strikeouts in six starts with the Barons this season. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Bassitt suffered a broken right hand prior to the start of the season and did not debut with the Barons until July 29 after pitching in three rehab games with the Arizona League White Sox.
He threw 16.0 consecutive scoreless IP over three starts from August 3-15 and limited the opposition to a .206 (26-126) average while in Birmingham.
Bassitt was selected by Chicago in the 16th round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Akron and was instrumental to the Barons' run to the 2013 Southern League Championship going 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA (1 ER/12.2 IP) in two postseason starts.
With his promotion, Bassitt becomes the 44th player to jump directly from Double-A Birmingham to Chicago in the 28 years of the current affiliation and the first since Jose Quintana in 2012.