- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox completed their picks in the 2015 Major League Baseball first-year player draft, selecting 38 players over 40 rounds. They did not have selections in the second or third rounds as compensation for signing free agents David Robertson and Melky Cabrera.
Key picks: The White Sox landed one of the best college pitchers with the eighth overall pick in the first round by grabbing right-hander Carson Fulmer out of Vanderbilt. Sixth-round pick Corey Zangari, a first baseman out of Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City, has big power potential, but it will take time to develop. Seventh-round pick Blake Hickman, a right-handed pitcher out of Iowa, is a local selection from the club’s Amateur City Elite program, designed to help young players land college opportunities through baseball.
Needs addressed: Nobody ever says, “We have enough pitching,” so it wasn’t a surprise that the White Sox landed six pitchers with their first nine picks and nine pitchers with their first 14 picks. All but one of those first nine pitchers selected came from college. The White Sox have a penchant for selecting college pitchers, refining their tools and advancing them through the system quickly.
Local flavor: Aside from the selection of Hickman, who went to nearby Semien Career Academy, the White Sox also selected University of Illinois-Chicago left-hander Ryan Hinchley in the ninth round. In the 39th round they selected another Semien player in infielder Jalin McMillan. They had a little fun with their 40th and final-round pick, selecting Joseph Reinsdorf, the grandson of chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Joseph Reinsdorf is not expected to sign.
Breaking it down: Of the 38 players selected by the White Sox, 31 are from college and seven are from high school. The White Sox picked 18 pitchers, 12 who are right-handed and six left-handers. They also grabbed four catchers, including eighth-round pick Casey Schroeder out of Costal Carolina University. Of the remaining players picked, 10 were infielders and six were outfielders.
Quote: White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann, on how the draft unfolded to allow the White Sox select Fulmer in the first round: “It was pretty much like we expected. Without going into particulars, and names, we needed maybe one thing good to happen for us to get him to us, and it happened. There was a tense moment or two for us along the way thinking that maybe it wouldn’t happen, but it did. This was certainly a guy we had targeted for a long time and he was the guy we wanted to get.”