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June 6, 2012

2012 MLB Draft Day 3 White Sox picks

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MLB Draftcaster:

501 Ruiz, Abraham Arizona State, AZ 1B L/R SR 6’03” lbs DOB:
531 Ayala, Sammy La Jolla Country Day School, CA C L/R HS 6’02” 195lbs DOB:
07/12/94 | Scouting Video
561 McCarthy, Thomas U Kentucky, KY 3B R/R SR 6’01” 205lbs DOB:
591 Williams, Alex Louisiana Tech, LA 1B L/R SR 6’06” 260lbs DOB:
621 Voight, Zachary New Mexico State, NM SS R/R SR 6’00” 185lbs DOB:
651 Lopez, Adam Virginia Military Institute, VA RHP R/R SR 6’05” 221lbs DOB:
681 McGinnis, Cory Auburn U Montgomery, AL RHP L/R SR 6’00” 190lbs DOB:
711 Kiser, Kale U Nebraska Lincoln, NE CF S/R SR 5’10” 185lbs DOB:
741 Grabe, Eric U Tampa, FL 2B R/R SR 5’10” 190lbs DOB:
771 Throne, Storm Morningside Col, IA RHP R/R JR 6’07” 215lbs DOB:
801 Toney, Zachary Austin Peay St U, TN LHP L/L 5S 6’03” 230lbs DOB:
831 Fisher, Zac New Mexico State, NM C L/R JR 6’03” 195lbs DOB:
861 Hudelson, James Delta St U, MS RHP R/R SR 6’04” 215lbs DOB:
891 Coats, Jason Texas Christian, TX LF R/R SR 6’02” 200lbs DOB:
921 Brown, Jake Kansas St U, KS SS L/R SR 5’11” 185lbs DOB:
951 Thompson, William East Carolina U, NC 3B R/R SR 6’03” 210lbs DOB:
981 Nikorak, Steven Temple U, PA 3B R/R 5S 6’02” 215lbs DOB:
1011 Savarise, Jon Adlai E Stevenson School, IL LHP R/L HS 6’01” 205lbs DOB:
1041 Castellanos, Ryan Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL RHP R/R HS 6’03” 185lbs DOB:
1071 Martin, Kyle Texas A&M, TX RHP R/R JR 6’06” 195lbs DOB:
1101 Patishall, Mitch Pendleton Heights HS, IN RHP R/R HS 6’01” 185lbs DOB:
1131 Hall, Thurman Western Texas Col, TX CF R/R J1 6’00” 190lbs DOB:
1161 Suber, DeJohn Morgan Park HS, IL SS R/R HS 6’00” 150lbs DOB:
1191 Glasser, Mitch Macalester Col, MN 2B R/R SR 5’10” 180lbs DOB:
1221 Mason, Sam Beverly Hills HS, CA RHP R/R HS 6’00” 175lbs DOB:

J.J. has scouting reports on all 25 Day 3 draft picks.

June 5, 2012

2012 MLB Draft Day 2 White Sox picks (with videos and scouting reports)

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76 Beck, Chris Georgia Southern, GA RHP R/R JR 6’03” 225lbs DOB: 09/04/90 | Full Scouting ReportBeck is a strong right-hander who may not be the first college arm to come off Draft boards, but a strong junior season could have him in the top of the first-round discussion.The Georgia native has the chance to have three pitches that will be Major League average or better. He can run his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably at 92-93 mph, and he maintains his velocity deep into starts. When he stays on top of his slider, it’s a sharp breaking ball with late tilt. His changeup is above-average with late sink and a lot of deception. He can throw all three pitches for strikes and has a very good feel for pitching.For a guy with his size and stuff — think a Kyle Davies type with more power — he doesn’t always throw like a power arm. His fastball will flatten out at times and his slider isn’t always crisp, but if he would pitch off of his fastball more, he could be even better, a frontline starter with three weapons to choose from.
108 DeMichele, Joey Arizona State, AZ 2B L/R JR 5’11” 190lbs DOB:
02/05/91 | Scouting Video
DeMichele has played second base and third base at Arizona State but has shown solid defense at second. He has good power and has shown that he can consistently drive in runs. He also has solid average speed to go along with good instincts, which should allow him to be a base stealing threat in pro ball.
141 Brennan, Brandon Orange Coast College, CA RHP R/R J2 6’04” 220lbs DOB:
171 Basto, Nick Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL SS R/R HS 6’01” 180lbs DOB:
04/01/94 | Scouting Video
201 Hansen, Kyle St. Johns, NY RHP R/R JR 6’08” 215lbs DOB:
04/20/91 | Full
Scouting Report
In 2005, Craig Hansen was a first-round pick out of St. John’s as a college reliever. Now it’s his younger brother’s turn. Kyle Hansen is a starter right now, but he might follow his big bro as a relief pitcher at the next level. His deceptive delivery allows his solid average to above-average fastball play up. He couples it with a sweeping slider that gets right-handed hitters to chase. He even has a changeup, which could be a Major League average pitch if he begins to use it more. All arms and legs, Hansen’s mechanics can come apart a bit, impacting his command. He pitched effectively out of the pen in the Cape Cod League last summer, and if he harnesses his stuff and delivery, he could have a ton of potential in that role.
231 Barraza, Jose Sunnyside HS, CA C L/R HS 6’01” 220lbs DOB:
261 Isler, Zach Cincinnati, OH RHP R/R JR 6’04” 235lbs DOB:
291 Johnson, Micah Indiana, IN 2B L/R JR 5’11” 200lbs DOB:
Johnson’s season started late because of elbow surgery, and he struggled to find a rhythm at the plate. Before the surgery, he showed plus speed on the basepaths, with the ability to take walks and hit for average. He is also a solid defender at second, with good range.
321 Hardin, Brandon Delta St U, MS RHP R/R SR 6’00” 200lbs DOB:
351 Jaffe, Eric UCLA, CA RHP R/R SO 6’03” 220lbs DOB:
381 Stoner, Zach Boylan Catholic HS, IL 1B L/R HS 6’03” 200lbs DOB:
411 Thompson, Derek John A. Logan College, IL LHP L/L J1 6’02” 170lbs DOB:
441 Bucciferro, Anthony Michigan St U, MI RHP R/R SR 6’03” 215lbs DOB:
471 Guerrero, Jordan Moorpark HS, CA LHP L/L HS 6’03” lbs DOB:

J.J. has scouting reports on all 14 Day 2 draft picks.

June 4, 2012

White Sox select 1B Keon Barnum with 48th pick (video)

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MLB Drafttracker:

Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
Barnum, Keon King HS (FL) 1B L/L 6’05” 225 1993-01-16 HS Video
Comments: For a player to profile at first, teams will typically want to see plenty of power and run production potential. Barnum, a Florida prep product, has both.A big, strong physical specimen, Barnum can generate a lot of bat speed and has the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the ballpark. He shows most of his home run power to the pull side, but there’s plenty of raw pop there all-around. Barnum’s fine defensively at first, and some have even asked to see him play an outfield corner.Like many young hitters with power, Barnum will get long with his swing at times and try to muscle the ball out. The ability to make adjustments and have a more refined approach will likely come with time and experience.

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And here are some Youtube videos of Hawkins:


White Sox select CF Courtney Hawkins with 13th pick (video)

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MLB Drafttracker:

Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
Hawkins, Courtney Carroll HS (TX) CF R/R 6’03” 220 1993-11-12 HS Video
Comments: The Texas high school product was shooting up draft boards as the 2012 spring season began, thanks to a very successful summer. While he pitches and will touch 90 mph, his future is in the outfield. He has some swing-and-miss to his game, but he does have power. He has shown the ability to hit any fastball and can show pop to all fields, though he needs to improve his approach at the plate, where his over-aggressiveness leads to those misses. An average to a tick-above-average runner, he’ll play center field for his high school team, but with his size, strength, power profile and at-least-average arm, the University of Texas commit profiles best as a corner outfielder in the future.

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Scott Merkin:

For the first time since 2001, the White Sox selected a high-school player with their top pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

Courtney Hawkins, an outfielder with big power from Carroll High School in Texas and also a top-notch pitcher, was the White Sox choice at No. 13 on Monday night. Chris Sale was the last 13th pick for the White Sox back in 2010, but Hawkins will take a little longer to reach the Majors than the two months it took Sale.

Hawkins stands at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is from Corpus Christi, having already made a collegiate commitment to the University of Texas. After getting the word of his selection and before doing an interview with MLB Network’s Sam Ryan, Hawkins did a celebratory back flip while wearing a White Sox jersey.

Conor Glassey:

Hawkins stands 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He’s a freak athlete who fits the power-hitting right field profile to a T. He shows excellent power potential and a strong arm, as he’s also been up to 95 mph off the mound. Hawkins is playing in the Texas high school semi-finals this week.

Scott Powers:

ESPN Scouts Inc. describes Hawkins as “one of the most explosive hitters in this year’s draft, combining brute strength with excellent bat speed for very hard contact (when he makes it). … If he hits, he’s a potential All-Star who’ll hit for average and power with value on defense. There’s just more performance risk here because he doesn’t fully repeat his swing and lacks experience against better-quality pitching.”

Thomas Belmont:

13. Chicago White Sox – Courtney Hawkins OF/RHP Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas – Hawkins is committed to Texas, but with some of the best game ready power in the high school class this year he may go high enough to sway his commitment. He has a solid 6’3″, 215 lbs frame and is an above average runner with a plus arm for RF.Our Instinct – Hawkins bat is ready for the move to the pro stage. He’s not a power only hitter, willing to take a walk and work the count. With instruction he’ll be able to further employ his game power in better hitters counts. He makes consistent hard contact and uses the whole field with plus plus power to the pull side. He has the arm to stick in the more premium RF corner. But CF won’t be a play for him in pro ball.The Pick – Draft Helium and Hawkins deserved it. He projects to have plus power and this is a big strong kid. Inside the bulky frame is a lot of athleticism. Very much a South side type of player. He should fit in well with the White Sox.

Matt Gariroch:

At the plate is where Hawkins can really show his potential. He is raw in his approach and will likely have his share of strike outs because he gets out front on off speed pitches and generally attacks each pitch. The positive from that is the power he produces. He isn’t just a batting practice hitter. He can hit against game pitching and has usable power that no other high school hitter and few college hitters from this class can match.His speed is impressive, his power is well above average and he could give CF a run in pro ball. He could be a 20-20 guy, or a 30-10 guy in pro ball. If he decides not to sign, he is committed to Texas and could help turn that program around with CJ Hinojosa, but he should go in the top half of the 1st round and sign there.


Courtney Hawkins’ twitter page is @CHawkins10.

And here are some Youtube videos of Hawkins:


2012 MLB Draft live video feed

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Other links:

Draft CentralDraftcasterDrafttracker

May 8, 2012

Bonus value for #13 pick in 2012 MLB Draft: $2,475,000

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 8, 2012 3:00 am
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Jim Callis:

Pick 2012 Team 2012
13 White Sox $2,475,000 $1,656,000 $2,750,000

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April 10, 2012

Rick Hahn goes on a scouting mission

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Mark Gonzales:

Assistant general manager Rick Hahn embarked on an amateur scouting mission. The Sox have the 13th overall pick in the June amateur draft.

March 27, 2012

SeedlingsToStars 2012 mock draft’s Sox picks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2012 12:00 am

Round 1:

13th Overall: Chicago White Sox

The White Sox are in trouble. They’re a middling team at best and their farm system is the worst in baseball. Maybe it’s time for a little bit of a philosophy change. The White Sox minor league starting pitching is absolutely horrendous, and rather than another safe college pick, the White Sox could go for upside in the form of Olympia, FL High School right-hander Walker Weickel.

Weickel is a big, projectable pitcher at 6’6″, 200, and even though he has more velocity to come, his current arsenal is already promising. His fastball ranges from 89 to 92 MPH with his fastball and has his 95 MPH, and he takes advantage of his height to throw the pitch with a nice downward plane and good sink. As he fills out, Weickel’s fastball could be a plus pitch in the mid-90′s. Weickel’s fastball may be better paired with a slider with a nice horizontal movement, but he currently throws a 12 to 6 curveball that has plus potential with big, late break. He complements his two team pitches with a low-80′s changeup that should definitely be at least an average pitch going forward. Weickel would give the White Sox a pitching prospect with the potential to be an ace or at least a number two, something they are severely lacking. The question is whether the White Sox will be willing to acknowledge their past mistakes and completely shift their draft strategy. If they don’t do so, I could see them taking Florida two-way player Brian Johnson, who would probably turn into another 3rd starter prospect in the White Sox weak organization. It makes sense for the White Sox will go with the former option, and their fans have a right to be upset if they don’t.

The Pick: Walker Weickel, RHP, Olympia High School, FL

Supplemental 1st round:

48th Overall: Chicago White Sox (Compensation for Mark Buehrle)

If the White Sox are known for anything, it’s for rushing top prospects through the minors. If they’re inevitably going to do that anyway, they might as well draft players who can handle such rapid movement. Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Hearney fits that mold.

Hearney, a slender, projectable lefty at 6’2″, 175, is the most advanced pitcher in the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a “thinking man’s pitcher”, possessing a four-pitch arsenal and does things few pitchers his age or even in general do, such as purposely varying arm slots to befuddle hitters. Hearney’s fastball currently ranges from the high-80′s to low-90′s with some nice late movement, but he could have a couple more MPH in him after he fills out. His best secondary pitch is a curveball with quick descent that flashes plus. His remaining two pitches are a two-seam fastball with late cutting action and a changeup with some sink. Hearney should be able to fly through the minors and he has a chance to be in the back end of a big league rotation by early 2013. He currently profiles as a safe bet to be a 3rd or 4th starter in the big leagues, but if he can fill out his frame and get some more velocity on his fastball while also improving his secondary pitches, he could have number two starter upside. In a White Sox system with a dearth of pitching, Hearney can provide a stable presence that could zoom through the minors.

The Pick: Andrew Hearney, LHP, Oklahoma State University

Draft pick projections for Round 2 and Round 3 are below:


February 21, 2012

What amount of money can the Sox spent in the first 10 rounds of the 2012 MLB Draft: $5,915,100

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 21, 2012 12:00 am

That’s what Baseball America’s Jim Callis reports. To sign 8 of the first 10 picks in the 2011 draft the Sox spent $2,126,300. They spent $2,786,300 for the entire 2011 draft class. As Callis says, the amount for the 2012 draft can only change if Derrek Lee signs a major league contract which he says is unlikely at this point.

BTW, Seedling To Stars’ Drew Balen looked at how the new draft signing bonus rules will impact the 2012 draft.

December 26, 2011

Scott Merkin reviews the White Sox 2011 season

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Scott Merkin:

As for that brief era of good feeling between Williams and Guillen, another slow start didn’t help the cause. A dispute over whether Minor League sensation Dayan Viciedo, who was Williams’ choice, or leadoff man Juan Pierre should be playing every day in the outfield in early June seemed to re-start tensions. Basically, both sides needed a change at this point.

Maybe Pierre will end up in Miami too…

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September 19, 2011

The Sox’s current record gives them the #15 draft pick [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 19, 2011 9:00 pm


Pick Team W L W% GB P/U
11 Colorado Rockies 70 82 0.461 18.0  P
12 New York Mets 73 80 0.477 20.5  P
13 Washington Nationals 72 79 0.477 20.5  P
14 Cincinnati Reds 74 79 0.484 21.5  P
15 Chicago White Sox 74 78 0.487 22.0  P
16 Los Angeles Dodgers 76 76 0.500 24.0  U
17 Cleveland Indians 75 75 0.500 24.0  U
18 Toronto Blue Jays 77 75 0.507 25.0  U
19 San Francisco Giants 83 70 0.542 30.5  U

Furthermore, the #15 pick is protected (picks 1-15 are protected). So in  the unlikely event the Sox sign a Type A free agent, they won’t lose the pick if said free agent was offered arbitration.

PS. Hey Sox, don’t get any fancy ideas like winning games or going above .500 now.

UPDATE: James has a recap of the previous week and he wonders what’s the purpose of the remaining games. Well, that’s obvious! “don’t get any fancy ideas like winning games or going above .500 now.”

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