PHILS PLUCK RHP IAN HAMILTON OFF WAIVERS: WHAT ABOUT JT?

By Sam Bush

The Phillies have claimed right-hander Ian Hamilton off waivers from the Mariners, per an announcement from Seattle.

But there is still no news about their efforts to sign catcher JT Realmuto, who is now a free agent.

This is the second time since September that a team has claimed Hamilton, as the Mariners did so when they got him from the White Sox. Chicago used an 11th-round pick on Hamilton in 2016 and then saw him turn into a decent prospect in its farm system, but the hard thrower hasn’t seen much action in the majors to this point.

Hamilton, 25, has thrown 12 innings of seven-run (six earned) ball with 10 hits allowed and a 9:7 K:BB ratio. He has a 4.85 ERA with tremendous strikeout and walk rates (10.1 K/9, 1.85 BB/9) across 42 2/3 innings in Triple-A ball.

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