CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox have claimed right-handed pitcher Raul Fernandez off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and assigned him to Class A Winston-Salem.
Fernandez, 24, is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA (21 ER/27.0 IP), seven saves and 20 strikeouts over 29 relief appearances this season with Class A Modesto in the Rockies organization. He has converted seven of his eight save opportunities.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Fernandez spent the entire 2013 season with Class A Asheville, appearing in a career-high 35 games in relief and converting 16 saves, the third-most in the Colorado system. His best season came in 2010 with the Dominican Summer League Rockies, going 4-3 with a 1.52 ERA (11 ER/65.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts over 12 games (11 starts).
Fernandez, a native of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, spent the 2008 season as a catcher before being converted to a pitcher full-time in 2009. He was originally signed by Colorado as an international free agent on November 13, 2007.
Fernandez is 13-15 with a 4.85 ERA (141 ER/261.2 IP), 27 saves and 225 strikeouts in 145 games (25 starts) over six seasons (2008-14) in the Rockies system.
Following the waiver claim, the White Sox 40-man roster increases to 40.