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June 15, 2011

White Sox sign 38th round draft pick RHP Keegan Linza

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 11:00 pm
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Salisbury Post:

Chicago White Sox draft pick Keegan Linza (North Rowan) will be assigned to Bristol in the Appalachian League.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 2.08 11-3 15 15 5 0/0 0 108.0 104 37 25 22 67 17 1 5 407 .256 6 7 0 1 14

and

Year W L ERA G GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2010 8 0 5.29 14 12 1 0 0 0 64.2 67 41 38 4 34 44 16 1.56 9.3 0.6 4.7 6.1

He spent 2009 in Northwest Florida State Community College:

Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L Save
2009 15 76.0 45 31 74 76 27 3.67 5 3 0

The Baseball Cube says he pitched 5 innings for South Carolina in 2008:

Year W L ERA G GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2008 0 0 3.18 3 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 7 4 2 0 4 3 0 1.94 11.1 0.0 6.4 4.8

White Sox sign 32nd round draft pick C Brent Tanner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 7:42 pm
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Stephenson @ GL:

Brent Tanner officially became a professional baseball player on Tuesday afternoon.

Tanner, the former George County High School and South Alabama catcher, went through his first practice with the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers of the Pioneer League Tuesday. The Voyagers are the Rookie League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, who selected Tanner in the 32nd round of the major league draft last Wednesday.

… The 23-year-old Tanner has scarcely stopped moving since draft day. He signed with the White Sox on Friday, left for Great Falls on Sunday, arrived in town on Monday night and hit the practice field Tuesday afternoon

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OBP SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .342 58-58 228 44 78 15 0 10 55 123 .539 32 7 44 5 .432 4 0 7-9 340 33 8 .979
2010 .300 57-55 223 42 67 14 1 7 42 104 .466 23 2 48 4 .369 1 0 3-6

And from Meridian Community College:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB% BB HBP SF OBP
2009 37 137 57 18 2 43 .416 8 5 6 .330 20 4 0 .503
2008 27 84 27 2 0 22 .321 3 1 1 .000

White Sox sign 26th round draft pick 3B Grant Buckner

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 3:30 pm
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Power @ WVMN:

Dream jobs are hard to come by, but one WVU baseball player has his and the opportunity of a lifetime. Grant Buckner was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

“I always said it’s what I wanted to do, it’s my biggest dream ever. I’ve always said I wanted my first real job to be a professional baseball player,” said Buckner. “That’s my job now so, no more school, just work on baseball all the time. That’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Buckner was the 801stpick in this year’s draft and the second Mountaineer shortstop in as many years to be drafted by a major league team.

“I’ll be heading to the Appalachian League in Bristol, Virginia,” Buckner said.  “That is the next step.” …

Here’s his scouting report from perfectgame.org via mack’s mets:

5-11 from: – link  - RF, Grant Buckner, W Virginia, 6’1 1/2 210, R/R, powerful built, solid RF arm, 40 plus runner and field, 60 power, could perhaps play 1b in pro ball, has good hands and moves well for a big man, swing a tad long with power to all fields. Someone will give him a 4-8 round look for sure and don’t be surprised if this kid gets to the show in 2-3 years with his makeup.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .364 55-55 209 48 76 14 1 8 46 116 .555 20 10 25 2 .440 2 7 3-6 90 144 13 .947
2010 .363 53-53 201 37 73 17 0 8 50 114 .567 21 15 27 7 .452 4 5 5-6 53 75 10 .928
2009 .325 55-55 200 42 65 21 1 5 45 103 .515 23 11 19 0 .418 3 10 0-2 116 2 2 .983
2008 .290 24-15 62 12 18 6 0 0 8 24 .387 3 1 7 0 .328 1 3 0-0 26 1 0 1.000

And here’s a small video of Buckner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my-LBiDA9kU

White Sox sign 17th round draft pick OF Collin Kuhn and 28th round pick OF Kyle Robinson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 1:02 pm
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Crunk @ AR:

Collin Kuhn and Kyle Robinson are set to begin their professional baseball careers as the pair have signed professional contracts with the Chicago White Sox. Kuhn was the White Sox’s 17th round selection with the 531st overall pick, while Robinson was drafted in the 28th round with the 861st overall pick. The pair will begin their professional careers with the Bristol White Sox, Chicago’s rookie league team in Bristol, Va

First, here’s Collin Kuhn’s scouting report from 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.

and here are Kuhn’s College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .282 56-55 206 44 58 13 2 7 41 96 .466 16 16 55 2 .370 5 3 22-24 141 6 0 1.000
2010 .336 64-63 259 66 87 18 4 16 52 161 .622 22 25 50 3 .434 3 4 17-19 130 9 2 .986
2009 .256 59-48 172 39 44 7 2 3 19 64 .372 19 12 41 2 .369 0 8 11-13 94 5 3 .971

Second, here’s Kyle Robinson’s scouting report from 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.

and here are Robinson’s College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .286 60-56 213 38 61 9 4 10 49 108 .507 22 4 47 5 .358 4 2 9-10 126 10 7 .951
2010 .353 6-4 17 9 6 2 0 0 5 8 .471 3 0 3 0 .450 0 0 0-0 3 0 1 .750

Robinson played 2 years in Indian River State (Community) College before enrolling in Arkansas:

Year GP AB H 2B 3B RBI BA HR SB SBA SB% BB HBP SF OBP
2009 37 137 57 18 2 43 .416 8 5 6 .330 20 4 0 .503
2008 27 84 27 2 0 22 .321 3 1 1 .000

White Sox sign 4th round draft pick RHP Kyle McMillen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 15, 2011 1:30 am
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Baseball America’s draft database reports 4th round draft pick RHP Kyle McMillen has signed. Scouting reports say:

Sickels @ MLBall:

Kyle McMillen, RHP, Kent State: Another lively arm at 90-94 MPH, nasty slider, has a chance to be a closer.

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.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L APP-GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 1.80 1-2 28-0 0 0/3 18 30.0 18 8 6 12 31 2 0 1 103 .175 1 4 0 1 1
2010 4.44 1-2 19-0 0 0/2 4 24.1 25 12 12 13 17 7 0 1 95 .263 2 1 0 1 2
2009 9.00 2-0 10-0 0 0/0 0 10.0 15 11 10 7 10 4 0 2 40 .375 4 5 0 2 1

He tried swinging the bat too:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .000 28-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 2 2 1 .800
2010 .354 51-48 198 51 70 15 0 6 46 103 .520 17 8 27 3 .420 3 1 2-4 297 24 4 .988
2009 .125 12-2 16 2 2 1 0 0 0 3 .188 1 0 6 1 .176 0 0 0-0 2 1 0 1.000

June 14, 2011

White Sox sign 15th round draft pick SS David Herbek

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 1:26 am
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Fawcett @ IN:

[David] Herbek, who went in the 15th round to the Chicago White Sox, said he will sign with the team Sunday and then leave Monday for Great Falls, home of Chicago’s rookie-level team in the Pioneer League. The league’s season begins June 20. … Herbek had no college eligibility left, which usually means drafted players receive no higher than a standard $1,000 signing bonus. Herbek did not provide specifics, but he said he received “a little bit more.”

Baseball America’s scouting report:

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’s scouting report (2007):

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.

Here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .362 61-58 229 56 83 20 3 15 76 154 .672 24 17 30 2 .443 10 3 13-17 97 158 13 .951
2010 .304 50-49 181 52 55 11 3 7 47 93 .514 21 18 33 4 .414 7 3 13-16 88 136 5 .978
2009 .370 53-53 211 55 78 20 3 10 54 134 .635 25 13 32 2 .453 7 0 18-21 89 141 14 .943
2008 .306 46-31 124 26 38 11 0 3 18 58 .468 8 7 21 1 .379 1 5 5-6 61 71 10 .930

And a video of him hitting a Home Run (0:39):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3d_WA7_rgA

White Sox sign 24th round draft pick OF Mark Haddow

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 12:48 am
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Punzal @ PS:

Also signing on Friday was UCSB infielder Mark Haddow with the Chicago White Sox. He was picked in the 24th round.

Baseball America’s scouting report:

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’s scouting report:

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.

Here are his College Stats:

Year G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB-ATT SO BB AVG.
2008 23-12 52 10 12 1 0 1 8 2-2 16 5 .231
2009 44-34 124 21 37 7 3 5 25 10-13 36 13 .298
2010 53-53 198 38 54 5 3 6 26 17-21 48 22 .273
Totals 120-99 374 69 103 13 6 12 52 29-36 100 40 .275

White Sox sign 11th round draft pick LHP Blair Walters

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 12:31 am
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Hull @ HSA:

Former University of Hawaii pitcher Blair Walters agreed to a deal with the Chicago White Sox and will report to the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers for rookie ball on Monday.The 6-foot-1 left-hander, who transfered to UH from Ventura (Calif.) Community College as a junior, said the team agreed to pay for his last semester of college estimated at about $12,000 for out-of-state students.

Walters, 7-2 with a 4.14 ERA as a senior, was taken in the 11th round (No. 351 overall) of this week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Here are his College Stats:

Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2011 4.14 7-2 27 0 0 0/1 2 41.1 42 23 19 17 34 8 0 0 183 .271 2 2 1 4 5
2010 7.07 2-1 23 0 0 0/2 0 35.2 47 32 28 12 35 10 3 1 163 .338 0 3 0 6 3
TOTAL 5.49 9-3 50 0 0 0/3 2 77.0 89 55 47 29 69 18 3 1 346 .303 2 5 1 10 8

And from Ventura Community College:

Year ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
2009 3.10 5-3 12 12 2 0/0 0 72.2 73 43 25 29 48 12 1 3 282 .259 6 10 1 2 6

and

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2009 .318 42-37 148 43 47 9 2 6 32 78 .527 14 4 27 0 .385 3 3 0-3 233 34 7 .974

June 13, 2011

White Sox sign 7th round draft pick C Kevan Smith [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2011 3:15 pm
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Grupp @ PTR:

As a fifth-year senior, Pitt catcher Kevan Smith held no leverage to negotiate in the MLB draft. So when the Chicago White Sox took him in the seventh round, the all-Big East slugger expected a token signing bonus.

“I was ready to sign for $1,000 and a plane ticket,” he said. “They ended up giving me $60,000.”

Baseball America’s scouting report:
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.

Here’s his page at Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: And here are his College Stats:

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
2011 .397 54-54 209 59 83 17 4 11 56 141 .675 22 8 20 5 .465 4 0 10-11 201 29 5 .979
2010 .361 55-54 233 59 84 18 1 5 46 119 .511 20 7 15 6 .422 3 0 3-7 108 11 0 1.000
2009 .363 32-27 102 19 37 5 1 3 21 53 .520 9 2 13 2 .425 0 0 3-4 59 10 1 .986

June 11, 2011

John Sickels reviews the 2011 White Sox Draft class

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 11, 2011 2:34 pm
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Sickels @ MLBall:

1S) Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona JC: With no first-round pick, the White Sox went a super-speedy junior college outfielder with a rapidly improving bat. He has some power potential too, and a good glove in center field. I like him.

2) Erik Johnson, RHP, California: Cal-Berkeley pitcher works at 90-94 and has an impressive slider. Curveball and changeup need work if he wants to remain a starter. Workhorse body.

3) Jeff Soptic, RHP, Johnson County Community College: Clocked as high as 100 MPH, but slider and changeup are inconsistent. Very high upside in his 6-6 frame but needs polish. …

Other AL Central Draft reviews: Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota.

Detroit’s Draft budget must be lower than even ours. KC’s draft class is full with High School players.

June 10, 2011

Seems Kenny Williams is mad at the Yankees for claiming Jeff Marquez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 10, 2011 4:00 am
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Ballantini @ CSN:

Williams felt it was a formality, designating pitcher Jeff Marquez for assignment upon the return from the DL of Mark Teahenon Sunday and settling him back into the rotation at AAA Charlotte, where he had compiled a sub-4.00 ERA for the Knights. Then New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman stepped in to muck up that plan.

“No I didn’t,” Williams said when asked whether he thought there would be any problem with holding on to Marquez. “Ask Brian Cashman. Ask Brian Cashman. He got a message [from me]. But that’s the risk you take.” … “The truth of the matter is we would have tried to re-sign [Marquez] and put him back in uniform today with Jake’s injury, Williams said, before adding with a smile, “but the Yankees have a greater need right now.”

You should be mad for trading Nick Swisher to the Yankees for peanuts Kenny.

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at the number of top prospects in the White Sox team, FutureSox examines the Sox strategy in the 2011 draft, speaking of which this press release recaps all the Sox picks, Brett Ballantini continues his series on the 1977 South Side Hitmen with a look back through the eyes of Steve Stone and compiles a timeline of the 70s, and Chuck Garfien looks back at Disco Demolition night.

June 9, 2011

Kevin Goldstein on the White Sox 2011 draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ June 9, 2011 4:00 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Who They are:[Round 1s pick Keenyn] Walker is exactly the kind of player the White Sox used to avoid, but with Kenny Williams’ edict to focus on upside, he’s a great find. Yes, he’s raw, but he’s a big athlete with plus speed and is developing power from both sides of the plate. Scouts that like him, really like him, and while Walker is a significant risk, his kind of upside is hard to find outside the first round.

[Round 2 pick Erik] Johnson is a safer pick with third- or fourth-starter upside, but he’s a big, physical right-hander with above-average velocity and a good slider. He’s not pretty to watch and needs to throw more strikes.

[Round 3 pick Jeff] Soptic is 6-foot-6, throws 95-98 mph, and I’m done saying good things about him. The hope is that he can find some command, hone his breaking ball, and turn into a late-inning reliever. …

All Day 2 picks are here.

June 8, 2011

2011 MLB Draft Day 3 White Sox picks (with videos and scouting reports)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 3:30 pm
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From the MLB DraftTracker:

Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class Video
31 Johnson, Michael (SIGNED) Samford U SS L/R 5’09″ 175 1988-10-28 SR
32 Tanner, Brent (SIGNED) U South Alabama C L/R 6’02″ 225 1987-10-01 5S
33 Mosier, Bryce (SIGNED) Valhalla HS (CA) C R/R 6’02″ 200 1993-05-21 HS
Baseball America: Bryce Mosier, a physical catcher with a slightly above-average arm and solid receiving skills. Mosier impressed scouts at the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game in November, earning MVP honors with a two-run triple. He has some feel for the barrel and power potential, and he could sneak into the back of the top 10 rounds.
BaseballBeginnings: Bryce Mosier (Valhalla HS) should be a very good college catcher at the next level. He will throw and catch enough and showed some pop during BP. He’s not a physically imposing catcher and won’t be a basher, but he’s going to some value for the next few years.
PerfectGame.org: Bryce Mosier is a 2011 C/3B with a 6-2 185 lb. frame from El Cajon, CA who attends Valhalla HS. Tall well proportioned build, good present strength. Tall balanced hitting stance, good balance, shows nice bat speed, ball comes off the barrel hard, solid gap power, hits under control, polished hitter who should keep improving. Good raw arm strength behind the plate, 1.93 best pop, compact release, straight back receiver, still developing footwork/quickness.
34 Freese, Dakota Washington HS (IA) RHP R/R 6’04″ 187 1992-05-09 HS Youtube
John Sickels: Tall and projectable, loose, 6-4, 190, with a Lincecum-style delivery. Quality of stuff is gradually improving, fastball getting into the 90s now. Very little national buzz about him, but I track the Iowa guys pretty closely and he looks interesting to me.
35 Dvorsky, Joe (SIGNED) Texas St U RHP R/R 6’02″ 200 1988-09-19 SR
36 Winiarski, Cody (SIGNED) Virginia RHP R/R 6’03″ 190 1989-08-27 SR Youtube
37 Kibby, Todd (SIGNED)
St Petersburg JC LHP L/L 6’04″ 240 1991-08-31 J2
38 Linza, Keegan (SIGNED) Liberty U RHP R/R 6’06″ 230 1988-11-10 SR
39 Reynoso, Javier Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS (FL) LHP S/L 5’11″ 182 1992-10-31 HS Youtube
PerfectGame.org: Javier Reynoso is a 2011 LHP/1B, OF with a 6-0 190 lb. frame from Odessa, FL who attends Brooks-Debartolo Collegiate. Medium athletic build. Long arm action, works downhill with extended 3/4 release. Raw stuff was impressive but his command was not as we have seen it in the past. Big sweeping 2/8 curveball, mixed in changeup. Showed well at the plate from both sides. Combination of hitting tools and arm strength suggest he will could be a successful two-way player if he goes to college, has pro potential as either a LHP or OF. Excellent student, committed to Coastal Carolina.
40 Reed, Jacob Helix HS (CA) RHP R/R 6’02″ 180 1992-09-29 HS
41 Shepherd, James Lawrence County HS (KY) RHP R/R 6’03″ 185 1992-08-25 HS
42 Pangilinan, Aaron Escalon HS (CA) RHP R/R 6’00″ 215 1993-04-21 HS
43 Effertz, Joel Milwaukee Area Technical College RHP R/R 6’03″ 240 1990-09-27 J2
Baseball America: Joel Effertz was the state’s No. 2-ranked prospect as a Ladysmith High senior in 2009, when the Dodgers drafted him in the 37th round. He spent a redshirt year at Arizona before transferring back home to Madison JC. He struck out 18 in a regional championship game against Kankakee (Ill.) CC, putting the Wolfpack in the Division II Junior College World Series. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound righthander, Effertz had his fastball velocity fluctuate this spring but sat at 91-92 mph at his best. He locates his fastball and improved his curveball, but he’ll need to watch his weight.
44 Pistorese, Joseph Flathead HS (MT) LHP L/L 6’01″ 165 1992-10-15 HS
45 Farris, Cory (SIGNED) Cumberland University OF L/R 6’00″ 190 1989-12-29 JR
46 Mancuso, Michael Brecksville Broadview Heights HS (OH) RHP R/R 6’06″ 240 1993-04-26 HS
47 Llera, Roberto Hialeah Senior HS (FL) C R/R 6’00″ 205 1993-08-03 HS
48 Rush, Dontrell Harlan HS (IL) CF R/R 5’11″ 155 1992-12-11 HS
IL BB Report: Comments: Rush is the epitome of a quick-twitch athlete. Everything he does is fast. He possesses a lightning-quick arm on the mound, where his fastball’s velocity has climbed as high as 92 mph. His arm strength also plays in the outfield, along with his 6.7 60 speed and overall athleticism. Offensively, Rush is somewhat raw, but he very well may have the best bat speed in the class. Rush has the potential to be a standout on the mound or as a position player.
49 Regier, Zach Gilbert HS (AZ) OF L/R 6’00″ 175 1992-08-15 HS
50 Graham, Jack Seneca Valley HS (PA) 2B R/R 5’10″ 178 1992-09-10 HS Youtube
Youtube

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

My count shows 12 of the 20 Day 3 picks are High School-ers. Big differennce from yesterday’s draft picks.

UPDATE: Players whose names are bold have been signed.

White Sox draft RHP Dakota Freese in the 34th round

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 11:48 am
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That’s a cool name!

John Sickels:

Tall and projectable, loose, 6-4, 190, with a Lincecum-style delivery. Quality of stuff is gradually improving, fastball getting into the 90s now. Very little national buzz about him, but I track the Iowa guys pretty closely and he looks interesting to me.

PerfectGame.org has 12 reports. Here are the latest two:

Dakota Freese is a 2011 RHP/ with a 6-4 185 lb. frame from Cedar Rapids, IA who attends Washington [HS]. Long wiry athletic build. Quick loose arm that produced consistent fastball velocity and improved movement with cutting action. Lincecum like delivery with long extended arm action from high 3/4 slot, hides the ball well. Maintained velo throughout, showed solid four pitch mix with a good power slider at 85 and an effective changeup to left handed hitters. Continued to show improved command this spring. Curveball break still inconsistent but flashes good depth and solid downer break. Signed with LSU-Eunice.

PG Grade:  10.0   [?]

and

Dakota Freese is a 2011 RHP with a 6-4 190 lb. frame from Cedar Rapids, IA who attends Washington HS. Slender athletic build, wiry strength. Consistent full delivery with high leg raise and arched back, very long and extended arm action. Consistent 88-90 mph fastball, saw touch 92 mph the previous week. Fastball very straight. Mixed in 75 mph curveball and upper 70′s change up effectively, curveball has some depth and good shape, maintains arm speed well on change, throws strikes with all pitches. Good mature performance. Signed with Louisiana State-Eunice.PG Grade:  10.0   [?]

PG Grade 10 is “Potential very high draft pick, Top DI in the nation prospect.” Will the Sox sign him?

Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxIRmUhz4Iw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9WUzRzruMM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlAWkP5uWz8

Keenyn Walker ETA: 2014

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2011 2:08 am
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Gonzales @ CT:

“He’s probably 2-2 ½ years away (from the majors), if he progresses like we think he is,” Laumann said. “We’ve got comparisons of Carlos Beltran and Devon White. He’s a very athletic kid who played football and has a loose gait. He can really run and has good instincts. He’s a little bit atypical from those high-ceiling athletes in that he does have a feel for the game as well.”

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