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Ian Hamilton Makes A Surprise MLB Debut As Frankie Montas Receives Major Injury Update

New York Yankees pitcher Frankie Montas’ injury led him to step into the 60-day injured list and paved the way for the right-handed pitcher Ian Hamilton into the Yankees baseball team. He will be on the active roster from the Monday game. Montas’ shoulder injury occurred during mid-February, which compelled him to undergo arthroscopic surgery. He will not be seen in the fields for an extended period of time now.

Frankie will be missed among the Yankees, but fans are hoping to see Hamilton meet all expectations. Comparing the career points of both, one can figure out that Montas came to the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics via the trade market of 2022. He succeeded in claiming eight starts for the Yankees, posting 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA along with a 3.18 ERA, all of this in his first 19 starts of the year for Oakland.

   
Frankie Montas (New York Yankees)
Frankie Montas (New York Yankees)

On the other hand, Ian Hamilton participated in just one start for Minnesota Twins last year. However, he had appeared. He appeared in the Chicago White Sox in 2018 and 2020. He made a 1-2 record and a 4.91 ERA across 14, 2/3 innings. In February, Hamilton was acquired by the Yankees in the minor league.
Playing with the Yankees on Sunday, in the third game of the season, he made his debut in the major leagues. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old tried his best giving two hits and one walk, striking out six over five scoreless innings. He made a contribution and helped the Yankees in making a 6-0 win against the San Fransisco Giants.

How Ian Hamilton Became A Slambio?

No doubt, Ian is young. He is attaining attention after being in an 8-1 winning team. Apparently, the Yankees’ manager, Aaron Boone, is so impressed with his player that he calls him the ‘Slambio.’ Now you may ask what a Salmbio is. The pitch made by the combination of a slider’s movement and the speed of the changeup is known as Slambio. Talking of the young pitchers doing so, Ian Hamilton comes first in mind.

Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton

But, since when Ian Hamilton became such a slambio? The answer is minor leagues. First, he struggled to be a slider as he was unable to match the expectations on the pitch. But then he managed to learn skills through the different grips and arm angles. This developed a very good pitcher in him.

The kind of pitch that comes from the Slambio is very difficult. It demands precise control and a perfect balance for the balls. And acquiring those skills is not a matter for all pitchers. He indeed had a tough career, but now that he is in the New York baseball team, it seems like the good time for the right handler is ahead. He is already doing everything he was asked for.