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Sox stay with pitching in Round 3

6/6/2014

The Chicago White Sox opened the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft just as they closed the first, by loading up on pitching.

With their third-round pick (77th overall) Friday, the White Sox selected Oregon State left-hander Jace Fry, who went 11-2 this past season with a 1.80 ERA, but could not help the top-seeded Beavers into the NCAA super regional. Fry threw a no-hitter earlier this season against Northern Illinois.

In three seasons at Oregon State, Fry went 16-6 with a 2.16 ERA, and an opponents’ batting average of .205. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.

On Thursday, the White Sox selected North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon with their first-round pick (No. 3 overall). In the second round, they picked Georgia high school pitcher Spencer Adams, an athletic right-hander, who was also a solid prep basketball player.

In the fourth round, the White Sox finally went with a position player, but with a nod toward pitching as they selected catcher Brett Austin, who was Rodon’s teammate at North Carolina State.