Saturday, June 7, 2014
Draft sends White Sox back to college
By Doug Padilla
Selecting college pitcher Carlos Rodon in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft was just a sign of things to come from the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox finished three days of 2014 draft Saturday with 33 college players and just seven from high school in 40 rounds.
Over the first 11 rounds, the White Sox had selected nine college players. Within the first four picks they had not only taken Rodon, but also his catcher at North Carolina State, Brett Austin.
And not only was it a college-themed draft, but the White Sox also went heavy on pitching. They drafted 18 pitchers, followed by 11 infielders, eight outfielders and three catchers.
Those pitchers were split evenly between left- and right-handers -- nine each. Two of the first three pitchers the White Sox took were lefties in Rodon and Oregon State's Jace Fry, a third-rounder.
The White Sox kept it local in the later rounds, selecting shortstop Anthony Justiniano from Chicago's Roberto Clemente Community Academy in the 38th round and outfielder James Davison from Morgan Park High School of Chicago in the 39th.