For the second time in his professional career, right-handed pitcher Santo Luis has been claimed by a team named Sox.
Now the Red Sox have claimed the 6-6, 240-pound Luis off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and optioned him to Double-A Portland.
The oft-injured infielder Jed Lowrie was assigned to the 60-day disabled list in order to clear room for Luis on the 40-man roster.
In 47 games with the 2009 White Sox affiliate Winston-Salem Dash, the 26-year-old Luis posted a 4.34 ERA and an impressive 12.7 K/9 ratio. While saving 14 games and dealing 56 innings of relief, Luis walked 3.7 batters per 9 innings pitched and served up 11 homers.
Excluding the year’s first outing, Luis would have owned a 3.54 ERA. Among all Minor League closing relievers, Luis’ strikeout ratio ranked No. 1.
Pitching for the Sea Dogs will mark Luis’ first venture into the Double-A level.