Tuesday, June 12, 2012
White Sox sign 24 of 41 draft picks
By Scott Powers
The Chicago White Sox announced Tuesday they have signed 24 of their 41 selections in the 2012 first-year player draft.
The White Sox have signed five of their top six draft picks. The signees include high school first baseman Keon Barnum (1A round), Georgia Southern right-handed pitcher Chris Beck (second round), Arizona State second baseman Joey DeMichele (third round), Orange Coast College right-handed pitcher Brandon Brennan (fourth round) and high school shortstop Nick Basto (fifth round).
The White Sox have yet to agree to terms with their first-round selection Courtney Hawkins, a high school outfielder from Texas who was selected No. 13 overall. Hawkins’ high school team was eliminated in the Texas Class 5A state semifinals on Friday.
The White Sox also signed: Cincinnati right-handed pitcher Zach Isler (eight round), Indiana second baseman Micah Johnson (ninth round), Delta State right-handed pitcher Brandon Hardin (10th round), Michigan State right-handed pitcher Anthony Bucciferro (14th round), Arizona State first baseman Abe Ruiz (16th round), Kentucky third baseman Thomas McCarthy (18th round), Louisiana Tech first baseman Alex Williams (19th round), New Mexico State shortstop Zachary Voight (20th round), VMI right-handed pitcher Adam Lopez (21st round), Auburn-Montgomery right-handed pitcher Cory McGinnis (22nd round), Nebraska outfielder Kale Kiser (23rd round), Tampa second baseman Eric Grabe (24th round), Morningside College right-handed pitcher Storm Throne (25th round), Austin Peay left-handed pitcher Zachary Toney (26th round), New Mexico State catcher Zachary Fisher (27th round), Delta State right-handed pitcher James Hudelson (28th round), Kansas State shortstop Jake Brown (30th round), East Carolina third baseman Corey Thompson (31st round) and Temple third baseman Steve Nikorak (32nd round).