Friday, June 6, 2014
Sox give experience a nod in first 10 rounds
By Doug Padilla
The Chicago White Sox loaded up on college talent during the second day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Seven of the White Sox’s eight picks Friday, from rounds three through 10, were from a college program. They also selected North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon in the first round (third overall) on Thursday.
The only high school players the White Sox have selected during the first two days of the draft are second-round pick Spencer Adams from White County High School in Georgia and 10th-round pick Jake Jarvis, a second baseman from Klein Collins High School in Texas.
In 10 selections of the draft so far, the White Sox have selected five pitchers and five positions players.
In their first pick of the day Friday (third round), the White Sox went with Oregon State left-hander Jace Fry, who was 11-2 with a 1.80 ERA for the Beavers this past season. In the fourth round, the White Sox grabbed Rondon’s catcher at North Carolina State, selecting Brett Austin, who led the Wolfpack with a .344 batting average and a .516 slugging percentage.
In the fifth round, the White Sox returned to pitching by selecting University of Texas-Arlington right-hander Zach Thompson, who had a 4.64 ERA this past season in 16 starts, but he has a fastball that can reach the mid-90 mph range and a solid breaking ball.
The sixth round brought the White Sox their first outfielder in University of San Diego center fielder Louis Lechich, a left-handed hitter who also pitched for the Toreros. The third team All-America selection batted .342 with seven home runs, but also posted a 2.51 ERA on the mound over 13 starts.
In the seventh round, infielder/pitcher Jake Peter was selected out of Creighton University. He was officially picked as a shortstop. The eighth round brought another shortstop in John Ziznewski from Long Island University, while the ninth round was used to get left-hander Brian Clark from Kent State.