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June 6, 2011

White Sox select OF Keenyn Walker with 47th pick of 2011 MLB Draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 9:42 pm
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Walker is a switch-hitting OF from Central Arizona College (6’03” 193lbs).

John Sickels:

1-47) White Sox: Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona JC: Blazing speed and greatly improved hitting skills, along with a solid glove, push him to the top of the White Sox draft list.

More Sickels:

Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona Junior College: The blazing fast, 80-speed Walker showed greatly improved hitting skills this spring, and in some draft classes would be rated a first-rounder. The deep nature of this class, plus the fact that junior college players get less attention than high school or four-year college players, pushes Walker back to second or third round slots for most. However, someone in love with his athleticism could easily choose him in the supplemental.

Sickels 6 weeks ago:

Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona CC: Bats Both, 6-3, 185. Drafted by the Cubs in the 16th round in 2009 but didn’t sign. Toolsy, athletic, very fast, some power potential, has strikeout issues and is still rather raw, but toolsy enough to go on first day. Committed to Utah if he doesn’t sign. Hitting .421/.513/.622 with 28 walks, 35 strikeouts in 164 at-bats, 49 steals in 52 attempts.

and Kevin Goldstein:

msambor (chicago): thoughts on keenyn walker?

Kevin Goldstein II: I like him! Risky pick, but I like going with upside when you don’t have a first rounder. He definitely could flame out early, but it’s worth the risk.

Baseball America:

With their first pick of the night, the White Sox take Keenyn Walker, an outfielder from Central Arizona JC. He is a 65 runner that can stay in center field and profiles as a leadoff hiter.

Baseball America scouting report via WSCR-AM670:

… This year is a different story. Walker has performed well with wood and he should get more than the $250,000 he reportedly turned down out of high school. Walker has more power from the right side, but his lefthanded swing is more pure. He’s mostly a gap hitter with above-average speed, so he profiles as a good defensive center fielder. He has the speed to hit at the top of the order, but needs to cut down on his strikeouts. If he doesn’t sign, Walker will head to Utah.

Padilla @ ESPN:

“Keenyn is a kid that we’ve scouted extensively,” White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann said. “He plays in a competitive junior college program in Arizona. He’s been very successful. He is a high ceiling athlete. Unlike some high ceiling athletes, this kid really has a feel for playing the game.”

Laumann projected Walker to be two and a half years away from making it to the major leagues if he progresses at an ideal pace. He compared the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Walker to Devon White and Carlos Beltran.

FutureSox:

Walker has decent patience at the plate as he led his team in walks this year with 36 (16.8 BB% (BB/AB)), which, combined with his speed, gives him potential as a top of the order hitter, but in order to reach that potential he will need to watch the strikeouts, which have been a problem for him. Walker struck out 45 times this year (21% K% (SO/AB)), which again led his team.

Perfect Game scouting report:

Good athletic body, Plus run, nice arm, tools are there, looked good at PG National, good at AC, bat needs to come on

and the June 2008 scouting report:

Keenyn Walker is a 2009 OF/P with a 6’1”, 185 lb. frame from Salt Lake City, UT who attends Judge Memorial. Keenyn is a lean well put together very athletic player with fluid actions in the outfield. His throws carry well in the outfield with arm strenth. He is a switch hitter at the plate with a line drive swing plane. He showed a bit better from the left side and has good extension in his swing. He stays inside the baseball and uses all fields. He projects very large with added strength and is a very good, 6.53 sixty. Walker is extremely athletic and he could skyrocket up the charts by next year.

January 2008 and July 2007 reports at the link

MLB.com Video (0:34)

Youtube Video (1:03):

ESPN video (2:05) FOOTBALL.

2010 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #5
Class: Freshman

GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
58 97 29 1 3 42 16 .299 4
SB SBA SB%
21 23 .300
Walks (BB) Hit By Pitches Sac Flys OBP
18 7 2 .435
Put Outs Assists Errors Fielding Percentage
59 3 7 .899

2011 Stats:

Keenyn Walker #10
Class: Sophomore

GP AB H 2B 3B Runs RBI BA HR
63 214 86 11 8 76 50 .402 4
SB SBA SB%
65 68 .590
Walks (BB) Hit By Pitches Sac Flys OBP
18 7 2 .435
Put Outs Assists Errors Fielding Percentage
59 3 7 .899

For 2011 WSCR-AM670 says:

Walker batted .402 with four home runs, 50 RBI and 65 stolen bases in 63 games with Central Arizona this season. Walker posted a .502 on-base percentage and a .584 slugging percentage and was successful on 95.6 percent (65-68) of his stolen-base attempts.

Jake Peavy escapes the DL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 7:20 pm
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for now! Merkin @ BOG:

A MRI taken on White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy at Rush University Medical Center Monday afternoon revealed a mild strain of his right groin (adductor). Peavy left Sunday’s start against Detroit after four innings due to this injury, and he will be evaluated on a daily basis.

Robin Ventura is back with the White Sox baby! [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 3:19 pm
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UPDATE: Padilla @ ESPN:

Ventura will essentially be a roving minor league instructor, visiting each of the White Sox’s affiliates in order to assess talent, work one-on-one with specific players and provide the organization with another set of eyes to do evaluation.

Kevin Goldstein’s 2011 Mock Draft and FutureSox’ Draft previews [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 1:48 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

47. Chicago White Sox: Kes Carter, OF, Western Kentucky. Chicago needs everything, and Carter is a potential power/speed package with a quick lefty bat. Local high school product Charlie Tilson could come into play, as he’s looking more signable than had been anticipated.

Stats:

Year
avg  gp-gs  ab  2b  3b  hr  rbi  tb  slg%  bb  hbp  so  gdp  ob%  sf  sh  sb-att  po  fld% 
2011
.344  53-53  215  46  74  17  40  118  .549  31  33  .430  8-9  132  .964 

and from the baseball cube:

Year Age # G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF GDP Bavg OBP SLG OPS
2009 19 42 94 26 36 6 1 1 20 4 2 6 22 3 0 1 4 2 .383 .421 .500 921
2010 20 10 58 246 40 84 12 1 7 53 14 3 28 37 8 0 5 0 2 .341 .426 .484 910

The WKU paper calls Carter a five-tool player, but FutureSox says his only above average tool may be speed. Sounds like another Jerry ‘I’ll steal 100 Bases’ Owens.

BTW, here are both FutureSox’ 2001 Draft Previews:

2011 Draft Preview: Pitchers

2011 Draft Preview: Hitters

And here’s the MLB Draft Central.

UPDATE: Scouting reports on Charlie Tilson:

Baseball Beginnings:

Stance/Hit Approach: Upright stance with slight spread, toe-tap stride, level swing plane. … SUMMATION: Physically projectable left-handed hitting centerfielder with plus bat and speed gives him chance to become everyday ML CF. Good, wiry body and loose athletic actions. Bat gives him potential to play everyday; speed and defense gives him chance to be good left-handed ML bench candidate.

Baseball Beginnings Video (1:07).

MLB.com (#44/50):

Tilson has a smooth swing and is quick to the ball, tending to shoot the ball in the gap with an opposite-field approach. He has below-average power and does need to gain some strength. He plays center field right now and could be an average defender there in the future. The accuracy of his fringe-average arm should allow him to play center or left field capably. His size and strength might deter some, as could a strong commitment to college, but any Gardner or Ellsbury fans out there might give Tilson a try.

MLB.com Video (0:48).

Illinois Prep Baseball report:

Committed to Illinois. … A top-level prospect, Tilson has the tools to play at a high level. The 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitting outfielder does it all well – and does it very easily. He can really run, as he showed with his 6.6 60. His athleticism, coupled with his tremendous outfield instincts and a solid arm, makes him the best outfield prospect we’ve seen in the 2011 class. At the plate, he had the best round of BP of all players, regardless of class at an indoor event, showcasing extremely quick hands, a quiet setup, a compact stroke and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Tilson, who batted third for New Trier in its Class 4A state-title run as a sophomore, was also impressive on the mound. He has the ability to three pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 83 and a decent curveball. As solid as he was on the mound, make no mistake, his future is as a position player.

MLB Draft Guide:

There are fast guys who play baseball and there are baseball players who are fast.  Charlie Tilson is a baseball player who is fast (6.54-60).  Tilson emerged onto the national scene last summer at the Area Code Games.  He was impressive throughout the event and was the only player to homer in a game.  Tilson is one of the top athletes available in the draft. Tilson is a line drive hitter with a compact swing.  He has quick hands,  good bat speed and hits to all fields.  Once on base, Tilson is a skilled baserunner. In the outfield, Tilson covers plenty of ground and takes good routes. His arm is, at best, average.  Centerfield should be Tilson’s position professionally.

Youtube has videos of Tilson.

Fangraphs’ David Laurila has an draft related Q&A with Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 6, 2011 12:39 pm
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Laurila  @ FG:

One year ago tomorrow, Chris Sale nervously awaited word on where he would begin his professional career. The Florida Gulf Coast left-hander didn’t have to wait long to find out, as the White Sox called his name with the 13th overall pick of the amateur draft. A mere two months later he became the first player in his draft class to reach the big leagues, debuting on August 6 and going on to log four saves and a 1.93 ERA in 21 appearances. The 22-year-old native of Lakeland, Florida sat down to talk about the whirlwind experience of Draft Day, and the process that surrounds it. …

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