Q: Which players drafted in the first or sandwich rounds will become their team’s No. 1 overall prospect as soon as they sign?
A: … In fact, after the top three choices, I only see two more draftees who would immediately become their organization’s best prospect. I believe in Florida Gulf Coast lefthander Chris Sale’s (No. 13, White Sox) durability and ability to remain a starter, so I’d take him over Tyler Flowers and Dan Hudson with the White Sox. I have no worries about Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox’s (No. 25, Cardinals) power or ability to remain at the hot corner, so I’d choose him over Shelby Miller. However, both of those are close calls and there are a number of clubs that did have concerns about Sale and Cox.
June 14, 2010
One person who’s familiar with the skirmishes between White Sox general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen said even before their latest blowup, “Kenny would like to fire him if he could.” Of course, club owner Jerry Reinsdorf is such a loyal leader it would be just about impossible to fire Guillen. According to people in the know, Guillen simply doesn’t take direction well — no surprise there. The latest blowup, as first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, was over Guillen’s dissatisfaction with the $50,000 offer the White Sox made to his son Ozney, whom they drafted in the 22nd round. Like a lot of parents, Ozzie figured his son was a top-10 round talent. Of course, logically, the other 29 teams passed through 21 rounds, so it made no sense to take it out on Williams. Ozzie’s other son Ozzie Jr. quit his do-nothing job already (officially, he was a video coordinator, but people around the team say he didn’t do very much of anything) under pressure after he tweeted inappropriate opinions about White Sox players. This is getting ugly.
Who’s that person? Joe Cowley?
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The Chris Sale pick was solid, but there is not a lot to like about the rest of the draft. I like Addison Reed and Rangel Ravelo looks like an interesting prospect, but I don’t see a great deal to get excited about.
And MLBBB gives the White Sox draft a B-.