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June 7, 2011

2011 MLB Draft Day 1-2 White Sox picks (with videos and scouting reports)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2011 9:11 pm
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From the MLB Drafttracker:

Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class Video
1S Walker, Keenyn (SIGNED)
Central Arizona College OF S/R 6’03” 193 1990-08-12 J2 Youtube
2 Johnson, Erik (SIGNED) California RHP R/R 6’03” 240 1989-12-30 JR
Jim Callis @ BA: California RHP Erik Johnson. Big-bodied (6-2, 240 pounds) college arm with a 90-95 mph fastball and hard slider.
John Sickels: Johnson is ranked 97th on the Baseball America prospect list and 74th on the Perfect Game list, which would put him on the bottom fringes of the supplemental round or in the second. However, he has the power arm (90-95 MPH fastball, good slider) to go somewhere in the middle of the supplemental round for a team that believes they can refine his mechanics and polish his changeup.
Baseball America: Johnson has a big, 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame and sometimes has trouble maintaining his mechanics. His delivery can get a little rigid and he loses his arm slot at times, though he’s been better about getting it back than he was last year. Johnson is quick to the plate and sits in the 90-94 mph range with his fastball and tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is a hard slider that he can throw for strikes or use as a wipeout pitch and he also mixes in a slow, show-me curveball and a changeup that is inconsistent, but shows flashes of being a quality pitch. Johnson sometimes tries to be too fine with his fastball instead of trusting that he can overpower hitters with it. While he needs to sharpen his fastball command, Johnson has shown a good enough feel for pitching to get by and go deep into games without it.
PerfectGame.org reports
3 Soptic, Jeff (SIGNED) Johnson County CC RHP R/R 6’06” 210 1991-04-08 J2 Youtube
Baseball America: Few pitchers in this draft can light up a radar gun like Soptic can, but his lack of consistency likely will keep him out of the first couple of rounds. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder’s arm works easily, as he effortlessly delivers fastballs at 93-96 mph and peaks at 100. Velocity is the one constant with Soptic. His four-seam fastball is fairly straight and gets hit harder than it should. He’ll flash a plus slider at times, but it’s below-average more often than not. His changeup is a distant third pitch. Unless he can significantly improve his control and secondary pitches, Soptic probably will have to settle for being a reliever as a pro. Nevertheless, his arm strength and body are hard to ignore. Drafted in the 43rd round out of high school by the Royals but unselected when he maxed out at 94 mph as a freshman, Soptic will attend Missouri if he doesn’t turn pro.
John Sickels: This 6-6 right-hander scrapes 100 MPH with his fastball and has a promising slider. Although somewhat unrefined as a pitcher, his upside is huge and his arm strength is as good as anyone else’s in the draft. He could easily go in the supplemental round to a team looking for a high-octane arm to harness.
Pine Tar Press: The Royals drafted Soptic 2 years ago in the 43rd round out of Shawnee Mission East High School. The 20 year old RH is still very projectable and was throwing 93 on a very cold baseball day (38 degrees) the day I saw him pitch. His fastball lacked the movement you would want with a power pitcher and he complimented it with a 83-84 mph slider.He did not throw a change the day I saw him but I am told he has a serviceable one.
4 McMillen, Kyle (SIGNED) Kent State RHP L/R 6’02” 200 1990-03-14 JR
Nathan Rode @ BA: Kent State RHP Kyle McMillen. Teammate of Andrew Chafin, sits 91-94 mph. Refining a slider. Works out of the bullpen. Baseball America: Andrew Chafin isn’t the only Kent State arm attracting early-round attention. The Golden Flashes used McMillen as a two-way player in his first two seasons–he showed impressive raw power as a first baseman–but he has concentrated on pitching as a junior after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand last fall. He touched 94 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has done so repeatedly this spring, working at 91-94 mph. Kent State’s Mike Birkbeck, a former big leaguer who’s regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest, has helped McMillen refine a slider that’s a wipeout pitch at times. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a good athlete but needs to do a more consistent job of throwing strikes. With the Flashes’ starters dominating Mid-American Conference opponents all season long, scouts have had a hard time getting to see McMillen in action. But they’ve seen him enough that he should go in the first three rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the sandwich round.
5 Snodgress, Scott (SIGNED)
Stanford LHP L/L 6’05” 1989-09-20 JR Youtube
Baseball America: Another physical lefthander, Scott Snodgress, showed better velocity in the fall and settled back into the 90-92 mph range out of Stanford’s bullpen this spring. Scouts like his size–he’s 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds–and potential, but he doesn’t have great command or composure. Snodgress throws a good curveball and changeup and needs to trust his stuff is and show more confidence on the mound.
GoStanford: According to Baseball America, “Another physical lefthander, Scott Snodgress, showed better velocity in the fall and settled back into the 90-92 mph range out of Stanford’s bullpen this spring. Scouts like his size–he’s 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds–and potential…”
6 Semien, Marcus (SIGNED) California SS R/R 6’01” 190 1990-09-17 JR Youtube
Baseball America: Semien is a steady defender with sure hands and some arm strength, though he may lack the first-step quickness to stay at shortstop. He’s an average runner. He hit well last year and in the Northwoods League last summer, but scouts have questions about his bat. He didn’t do anything to quell doubters this year, hitting .260/.357/.380.
7 Smith, Kevan (SIGNED) U Pittsburgh C R/R 6’03” 240 1988-06-28 SR
Baseball America: Smith provides a little more value than other Pennsylvania college bats this year because he’s a catcher. He has a football background and is a strong, physical player whose power trumps his hitting despite leading the team with a .406 average in 192 at-bats. He receives well enough and could profile well as a backup. Chester doesn’t have a great body, but has big power, leading the Panthers with 14 home runs.
8 Gardeck, Ian Angelina College RHP R/R 6’02” 215 1990-11-21 J2 Youtube
John Manuel @ BA: Challenging Goodwin for the top spot among juco prospects will be a horde of hard-throwing pitchers from Texas, led by Dayton transfer Ian Gardeck. The righthander from Illinois hit 98 mph this fall according to scouts, though some project him as a future reliever.
Baseball America: In 2005, an unheralded pitcher transferred from an NCAA Division I program to Angelina JC and quickly blossomed into a top prospect. Gardeck has taken a similar path, and while he won’t duplicate Clay Buchholz’s rise and become a supplemental first-rounder, he has some of the best sheer arm strength in this draft. Gardeck didn’t start pitching until his junior year at Crystal Lake (Ill.) South HS, and he occasionally touched 94 mph as a senior in 2009 and as a reliever at Dayton in 2010. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder’s velocity spiked when he pitched in the New England Collegiate League last summer, and he opened more eyes when he hit 98 mph in the fall after moving to Angelina. Because he’s so new to pitching, Gardeck is still raw. Scouts don’t like his arm action, which hampers his ability to throw strikes, as does his inability to maintain his arm slot. He pitched his way out of Angelina’s rotation and into its bullpen this spring. He consistently pitches at 94-96 mph as a reliever. He’ll show a mid-80s slider that’s a wipeout pitch at times, but he struggles to harness it. With two pitches that grade at 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale at times but command that rates a 35, Gardeck’s pro future also is in the bullpen. He’ll attend Alabama if he doesn’t turn pro.
9 Lane, Matthew (SIGNED) Northwest Florida St Col LHP L/L 6’05” 195 1990-08-11 J2
Baseball America: Lane is a Georgia prep product who started his college career at Mississippi State. After pitching 12 innings in 2010 and posting a 5.25 ERA, he transferred to Northwest Florida State, where he got a chance to start and took full advantage, going 8-5, 2.18 in 99 innings. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Lane has room to fill out and added some velocity this season, bumping 90-91 on occasion and pitching consistently in the upper 80s at season’s end from a high arm slot. He throws a solid curveball and changeup at his best but can be inconsistent with his secondary stuff when he loses his slot. He’s committed to Tulane.
10 O’Shea, Benjamin Santa Fe CC LHP L/L 6’05” 255 1991-09-09 J2
Baseball America: Santa Fe lefthander Ben O’Shea consistently sat in the upper 80s most of the season, and with his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame teams had enough to dream on. He improved his stock greatly by sitting in the 90-92 mph range at the state juco tournament as his team’s No. 2 starter behind Malcolm Clapsaddle. O’Shea also shows feel for a changeup and a fringe-average slurvy breaking ball.
11 Walters, Blair (SIGNED) Hawaii LHP L/L 6’00” 200 1989-11-08 SR
12 Virgili, Andrew (SIGNED) Lynn U RHP R/R 6’02” 205 1990-01-30 JR
13 Krist, Chadd UC Berkeley C R/R 5’11” 199 1990-01-28 JR Youtube
Baseball America: Catcher Chadd Krist did a great job handling the premium stuff on Cal’s staff. He has a solid arm that plays up thanks to his athleticism and quick footwork, and he threw out 61 percent of basestealers this year. He’s agile behind the plate, and he receives and blocks well. He belted 10 home runs last year, but only showed gap power this year with the new bats, leading the team in doubles. Krist is a good leader with a blue-collar work ethic; he’ll have to show more with the bat to be an everyday player.
PerfectGame.org: Chadd Krist is a 2008 C 1B/OF with a 5’11”, 185 lb. frame from Petaluma, CA who attends Petaluma HS. He was selected as a Top Prospect and we feel that he is one of the better uncommitted senior catchers we have seen. Krist is a good baseball player with a very good all-around game. He has an average frame and a lean, strong build that is well-proportioned. He is a talented defensive player and a good hitter. In all he is a very strong D1 prospect. Krist is a gap to gap hitter with good bat speed and an aggressive nature. He showed easy pull side power and drives through the baseball at contact. Krist hits with a really good lower half base that provides power from the ground up. He swings aggressively but maintains balance throughout. His power is a little surprising given his average size. Defensively he is an excellent receiver with soft hands and quiet actions. He has a quick catch/throw transfer and a consistently accurate arm delivering pop times at 2.0 and below in game situations. Krist is also a hard working catcher and has very good block/control skills. It is not hard to envision him starting at a major D1 program by his sophomore year and splitting time his freshman year.
14 Ginther, Mark Oklahoma State 3B R/R 6’03” 200 1989-12-04 JR Youtube
Baseball America: Mark Ginther has the size (6-foot-3, 202 pounds), athleticism, righthanded power and arm strength that scouts want in a third baseman. He looked like a potential top-three-rounds pick when he came out of Jenks High–where he quarterbacked the football team to two Oklahoma 6-A championships–but he has been too aggressive and inconsistent at the plate. He hurt his cause by hitting .215/.266/.323 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He has improved defensively in just his second season at the hot corner.
BaseballBeginnings: Plus arm, average bat, lean and rangy body, below-average speed, average bat speed, long swing.
PerfectGame.org: Mark Ginther is a 2008 SS/P with a 6’2”, 175 lb. frame from Tulsa, OK who attends Jenks HS. He has a lean, athletic build and lots of projection. Ginther looked excellent during infield drills and batting practice. Ginther is a top level QB on the Oklahoma 6A football champions as well as a top baseball prospect. Defensively, Ginther showed fluid infield actions during drills with very good body control and a quick strong arm. His range and arm strength profile best to third base in the future. At the plate, Ginther took a very good BP and showed a simple, quick approach with plus hand strength and crushed line drives to all fields During the games he didn’t get into a good hitting groove, but it’s all there. We know from seeing him in the past that he’s one of the top young hitters around. Ginther also pitched and was 87-88 mph on his fast ball from an extended overhand release point. Last year it was Kozma from Oklahoma who went first round, is Ginther next? He is a good student and has a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State.
15 Herbek, David (SIGNED) James Madison U SS R/R 6’01” 180 1989-04-02 SR Youtube
Baseball America: James Madison’s shortstop David Herbek has shown a decent amount of power, batting .374/.456/.701 with 15 home runs. That drew scouts’ interest because Herbek also has a chance to stick at shortstop.
PerfectGame.org: David Herbek is a 2007 MIF that attends Battlefield HS and resides in Gainesville, VA with a 6’1″, 170 lb. frame. David has an athletic build with some good raw hitting tools. At the plate David shows quick wrists with easy lift in his swing and solid line-drive contact. David tends to get his bat wrapped too much and needs to get ready to hit earlier. In the field David showed good actions to the ball but struggled with his throws some. He looks like he would work out best at second base right now. David is a player that will attract the attention of many smaller college programs.
16 Bassitt, Chris (SIGNED) Akron RHP R/R 6’05” 205 1989-02-22 SR
Baseball America: Scouts didn’t know much about righthander Chris Bassitt prior to this spring, because he redshirted in 2008 and made just one appearance while focusing on academics in 2010. He’s no longer anonymous after posting a 1.42 ERA and averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings as a fourth-year junior. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder lives off his 90-93 mph sinker, which he delivers from a low-three-quarters arm angle. His second pitch is a slider, which grades as an average pitch at times.
17 Kuhn, Collin (SIGNED) Arkansas OF R/R 6’00” 195 1988-11-27 SR
Baseball America: Fellow Razorback outfielder Collin Kuhn outhit Kyle Robinson against better league pitching and was the team’s leading home run hitter. Like Robinson, he can be too aggressive at the plate, but at least he has speed and can sub in as a center fielder. His below-average arm may limit him from being a fourth outfielder, however. He’s a fourth-year junior with present strength and no carrying tool.
18 Blough, Bryan (SIGNED) Kennesaw State RHP R/R 6’01” 190 1989-08-29 SR Youtube
Baseball America: Kennesaw State’s top draft pick will be senior righty Bryan Blough, who was on BA’s 2009 list as a junior college product. He had a rough adjustment to Division I in 2010, posting a 10.29 ERA, but rebounded to go 4-4, 3.61 this season. He keeps the ball down and can push his fastball into the 88-92 mph range from an over-the-top delivery. Blough also holds his velocity well and gets depth on his slider.
19 Vance, Kevin (SIGNED) U Connecticut RHP R/R 6’00” 205 1990-07-08 JR
Baseball America: Closer Kevin Vance performed well in the Cape Cod League for Chatham last summer, impressing scouts with a fastball that touched 94 mph. He showed similar velocity during UConn’s scout day and intrasquad workouts, sitting 90-92, but during the spring he has mostly been in the 86-90 mph range. Vance still was one of the Big East’s top bullpen arms, registering 12 saves and holding opponents to a .105 average through his first 23 appearances. He flashes an above-average curveball with good shape and a decent changeup. When he’s on, scouts said Vance looks like Ricky Bottalico, though the drop in velocity could hurt his draft positioning.
20 Medina, Martin (SIGNED)
Cal St Bakersfield C R/R 6’00” 195 1990-03-24 JR KERO23
21 De Pinto, Joseph (SIGNED) U Southern California 2B R/R 6’01” 190 1989-04-03 SR Youtube
PerfectGame.org: Joseph DePinto is a 2007 MIF/OF/P from St. Francis HS, residing in Sunland, CA, with a 5’10” 150 lb. frame. DePinto was named to the top prospect team at the California Underclass Showcase. Has a medium but athletic build, with wiry musculature. Offensively possesses a quick bat and a swing path that is very short to the ball. DePinto is a contact/spray hitter who makes consistent contact. He makes the pitcher work to get him out but don’t read that as he is a pest… he can really hit. He also runs well and understands game, making him an effective base stealer. Defensively, DePinto has quick feet and a good early burst to the ball. He is a very solid defender and a very solid player. Consider him a good follow for most D1 programs on the West Coast.
22 Drake, Blake (SIGNED) Indiana St U RHP R/R 6’07” 195 1988-11-12 SR
23 Marjama, Michael (SIGNED) Cal State – Long Beach C R/R 6’02” 205 1989-07-20 SR WKBT
PerfectGame.org (2010): 50. Mike Marjama, 3b, La Crosse Loggers (Long Beach State/JR)Well-proportioned athlete with line-drive bat, Gold Glove-type glove at hot corner; hit .286-2-37, lack of raw power limits upside
24 Haddow, Mark (SIGNED) U of California – Santa Barbara RF R/R 6’02” 220 1987-12-02 5S
Baseball America: Mark Haddow is a senior sign with upside–a tools guy who finally translated his talent into performance this spring. Physical and athletic at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Haddow is a solid-average runner with a solid-average arm and average defensive skills at a corner outfield spot. Making consistent contact has always been his bugaboo. He has done a better job with it this spring, though scouts still doubt he’ll hit enough to be a big league regular.
Baseball Draft Report (2010): JR OF Mark Haddow (2010 – UC Santa Barbara) offers up plus power potential, but also strikeouts about as much as you’d expected from a raw college player with plus power potential. Luckily, power isn’t his only claim to fame. Haddow can also rely on his solid athleticism, better than you’d think speed, and slightly above-average big league right field arm. He has the raw tools to dramatically rise up draft boards, but first needs to take a more disciplined approach at the plate to show big league clubs he’d cut it as something more than a backup outfielder professionally. If he begins even to hint at improvement in those deficient areas in his game, I’d bet good money some team out there will draft him with the idea that he’ll be a big league starter in right someday.
25 Devenski, Christopher (SIGNED)
Cal State – Fullerton RHP R/R 6’03” 1990-11-13 JR
Baseball America: So does Devenski, a converted shortstop who transferred from Golden West JC. He fell out of favor early in the year before coming on again a bit in the second half, though he had a 4.98 ERA in 22 innings through 15 appearances on the spring. Devenski ran his fastball up to 94 mph in the fall, but he’s been more 90-92 and straight this spring, and there were outings when he worked in the high 80s. His slider and changeup are serviceable.
26 Buckner, Grant (SIGNED) West Virginia U 3B R/R 6’02” 215 1988-03-21 SR
27 Cose, Jake (SIGNED) San Joaquin Delta Col RHP S/R 6’05” 200 1990-08-28 J2
28 Robinson, Kyle (SIGNED) U Arkansas Fayetteville 1B R/R 6’03” 215 1988-12-02 SR
Baseball America: Arkansas has its own senior sign in outfielder Kyle Robinson, who has power and athleticism. He struggled in Southeastern Conference play, hitting just .175.
29 Hayes, Dustin (SIGNED) Langley, BC (No School) CF R/R 6’02” 190 1991-11-21 NS
30 Parrent, Brandon (SIGNED) Texas A&M LHP L/L 6’03” 215 1990-07-14 JR
PerfectGame.org (2008): Brandon Parrent is a 2008 LHP with a 6’2”, 180 lb. frame from Flower Mound, TX who attends Flower Mound HS. Tall athletic build, long loose arm action on the mound, good arm speed, smooth balanced delivery, finishes well to the plate, ball comes out of hand clean, works both sides of the plate, velocity projects, throws strikes, tight rotation on curveball, nice cut action on change-up, knows how to pitch, very good pitchability, good upside.

Oh, for the love of God, who the heck are these guys? The draft budget must have to hell.

UPDATE: FutureSox’ Draft Tracker and CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski have reports on all the picks.

UPDATE: Players whose names are bold have been signed.

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