Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Guillen disappointed by son's draft position
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's son Ozney was drafted in the 22nd round by the team on Tuesday. That kind of news is normally cause for celebration, but in the Guillen household, this event turned out to be a somber experience.
"Obviously it's disappointing," Ozzie Guillen said. "Twenty-second round! Everybody can go in the 22nd round. I think being picked in the 22nd round in high school doesn't mean anything. I think the White Sox did what I told them. I don't need any favors."
Guillen was not angry at the White Sox but he and his family felt Ozney, an outfielder from Monsignor Edward Pace in Miami, would go in the first five or six rounds. In the opinion of Ozzie and his family, the younger Guillen played against other players in high school who he felt he was equal to but were drafted much higher.
"It's kind of hard because his expectations were higher," Ozzie said. "I thought he was a better player than the other people think he is. Meanwhile, we have a backup plan. I've talked to his coach [Ozney has a scholarship at South Florida] and he will begin playing this summer. He'll take a summer class."
Ozney, 18, is 6 foot 2 and 190 pounds and is looked at as having power potential.
"You learn from the worst things," Ozzie Guillen said. "The hardest thing for us is to talk about it. He feels embarrassed, and he feels like he let himself down. He feels he's better than a few of the players picked before him. That's a part of life. You learn from that, you get stronger then you prove people wrong in the future."