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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Sox pick three college players on Day 2

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox returned to the college ranks to draft their first two players Tuesday after selecting two high school players on the opening day.

The White Sox drafted Georgia Southern junior right-handed pitcher Chris Beck in the second round with the 76th overall pick and Arizona State junior second baseman Joey DeMichele in the third round with the 108th pick on Tuesday.

The White Sox drafted high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins with the No. 13 pick and high school first baseman Keon Barnum at No. 48 on Monday.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beck was 6-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 17 games, which included 16 starts, this season. He had four complete games, allowed 117 hits, 45 earned runs, 29 walks and struck out 115 batters in 103 2/3 innings. He was previously drafted by the Cleveland Indians.

“I’m excited about a couple of guys,” White Sox amateur scouting director Doug Laumann said on Tuesday night. “Our first pick today, which was our second-round pick, Chris Beck, we had projected as potentially as a first-round and possible pick at 13 for us this year. He did not have a good year. He had a great Cape (Cod League) last summer.

“We put video up from him last year and this year, and he gained 35 pounds from last July to this March, lifting, weight room. His coaches told him, ‘You need to get big, you need to get strong. The bigger you get, the stronger you get, the better you’re going to be.’ He just got so big and so strong and so bulky it inhibited his delivery. His athleticism kind of went backwards a little bit. … We felt like we got a chance maybe here to get a guy that’s a potential first-round talent here with our pick at 76 in the second round.”


ESPN Scouts Inc. described Beck as a player who “entered the season as a potential top-10 pick, coming off of a dominating performance in the Cape Cod League. He would flash mid-90s velocity to go with a plus changeup and improving slider, but his stuff has backed up some this spring and he has fallen down draft boards a bit.”

DeMichele, who is 5-11 and 188 pounds, led Arizona State with a .336 average and 73 hits. He also had 50 runs, 14 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 47 RBIs, 19 walks, 12 stolen bases and a .398 on-base percentage. Defensively, he committed seven errors and a .976 fielding percentage.

“When we went where we went our first couple picks as far as some high school guys and some guys who are further away, we felt like (DeMichele) is a really, really solid baseball player,” Laumann said. “This is a guy who is polished, a guy who has played at a high level, been successful at a great program. Let’s mix him in here with this younger group of guys.”

The White Sox selected Orange Coast junior college right-handed pitcher Brandon Brennan in the fourth round with the No. 141 overall pick. The 6-4, 220-pound Brennan was 11-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 15 games, which included 14 starts, this season. He allowed 76 hits, 15 earned runs, 23 walks and struck out 72 hitters in 108 1/3 innings. He pitched 10 innings in one game and had two other nine-inning outings this season.

Archbishop McCarthy High School (Fla.) shortstop Nick Basto was selected in the fifth round with the 171st overall pick. Basto, who is 6-1 and 180 pounds, is a Florida International recruit.

St. John’s junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Hansen was selected in the sixth round. Hansen, who is 6-8, 210 pounds, is 5-5 with 3.46 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, this season. He’s allowed 91 hits, 36 earned runs, 26 walks and struck out 108 hitters in 93 2/3 innings. He was drafted in the 40th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009. His brother Craig Hansen was a former first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox.

Sunnyside High School (Calif.) catcher Jose Barraza was drafted in the seventh round.

Cincinnati junior right-handed pitcher Zach Isler was drafted in the eighth round. Isler, who is 6-5 and 235 pounds, was 1-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 22 games, which included five starts, this season. He allowed 50 hits, 17 earned runs, 26 walks and struck out 55 hitters in 55 innings.

Indiana junior second baseman Micah Johnson was taken in the ninth round. Johnson, who is 6-0 and 200 pounds, underwent elbow surgery and played in just 24 games this season. He hit .224 with 14 runs, 18 hits, six doubles, two triples, one home run, 10 RBIs, seven stolen bases and a .303 on-base percentage.

Delta State senior right-handed pitcher Brandon Hardin was drafted in the 10th round. Hardin, who is 6-1 and 200 pounds, had a 5-4 record with 1.03 ERA in 24 games this season. He struck out 36 hitters in 35 innings. He is from Pinckneyville, Ill.

UCLA redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Eric Jaffe was selected in the 11th round. Jaffe, who is 6-4 and 240 pounds, was eligible for the draft because he turns 21 years old within 30 days of the draft. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in eight relief appearances this season. He has 10 walks and three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Rockford Boylan high school (Ill.) catcher/first baseman Zach Stoner was drafted in the 12th round. Stoner is a Southern Illinois recruit.

John A. Logan junior college left-handed pitcher Derek Thompson was drafted in the 13th round. Thompson was 8-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 14 games, which included 13 starts, this season. He had eight complete games. He allowed 58 hits, 18 earned runs, 29 walks and struck out 103 hitters in 84 1/3 innings. He is from Teutopolis, Ill.

Michigan State senior right-handed pitcher Anthony Bucciferro was drafted in the 14th round. Bucciferro, who is 6-3 and 205 pounds, was 6-4 with 3.07 ERA in 16 starts this season. He allowed 105 hits, 38 earned runs, 22 walks and struck out 94 hitters in 111 1/3 innings. He is from Joliet, Ill. and played at Minooka High School.

Moorpark High School (Calif.) left-handed pitcher Jordan Guerrero was drafted in the 15th round. He is a Yavapai College recruit.