Two of the White Sox’s unsigned high picks from the 2009 draft have experienced mixed results for their respective colleges this spring. …
Justin Jones (7th round, lhp, freshman): 56 K, 19 BB, 51 H, 5 HR, 2.83 ERA in 63.2 IP
Bryan Morgado (3, lhp, junior): 57 K, 26 BB, 38 H, 3 HR, 5.04 ERA in 49.2 IP
Other unsigned draft picks:
Brian Goodwin (17, of, freshman): .303/.435/.541/.976, 27 K, 29 BB, 4 HR in 122 AB
Michael Strong (25, lhp, junior): 35 K, 17 BB, 25 H, 3 HR, 2.90 ERA in 31.0 IP
Kevin Chapman (50, lhp, junior): 21 K, 5 BB, 17 H, 1 HR, 1.21 ERA in 22.1 IP
Buddy explains things:
“That’s something we hadn’t done much in the past,” player development director Buddy Bell noted. “Before I got here, most of the players we took were more from the college level. But by design we wanted to get higher-ceiling guys out of high school who we could project.”
BTW, here’s the article’s secondary title: “Mitchell, Phegley, Thompson on fast track to Major Leagues”
Trayce Thompson is on the fast track?
from one writer’s favorite pick, Ryan Buch:
He’s got the potential to become a mid-rotation starter due to his solid three pitch mix of a low to mid 90’s fastball, excellent curve and improving change. The command of his fastball can be erratic which is what could prevent him from reaching his potential but he’s definitely the prime candidate to be next year’s Dexter Carter or Dan Hudson. …
Lots more at the link.
from Jim Callis’ unsigned draft picks update:
Bryan Morgado, lhp (3rd round): May get over-slot bonus
Justin Jones, lhp (7th round): Expected to attend California
This from Yahoo/Rivals:
Outfielder Brian Goodwin, meanwhile, a 17th-round pick of the White Sox, is expected to report to campus for classes [North Carolina].
The Sox appear confident that they’ll be able to sign Trayce Thompson [2nd round] and Justin Jones [7th round].
BTW, FS has a review of the Sox 2003 draft.