Chicago White Sox: Joey DeMichele

Sox pick three college players on Day 2

June, 5, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox returned to the college ranks to draft their first two players Tuesday after selecting two high school players on the opening day.

The White Sox drafted Georgia Southern junior right-handed pitcher Chris Beck in the second round with the 76th overall pick and Arizona State junior second baseman Joey DeMichele in the third round with the 108th pick on Tuesday.

The White Sox drafted high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins with the No. 13 pick and high school first baseman Keon Barnum at No. 48 on Monday.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beck was 6-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 17 games, which included 16 starts, this season. He had four complete games, allowed 117 hits, 45 earned runs, 29 walks and struck out 115 batters in 103 2/3 innings. He was previously drafted by the Cleveland Indians.

“I’m excited about a couple of guys,” White Sox amateur scouting director Doug Laumann said on Tuesday night. “Our first pick today, which was our second-round pick, Chris Beck, we had projected as potentially as a first-round and possible pick at 13 for us this year. He did not have a good year. He had a great Cape (Cod League) last summer.

“We put video up from him last year and this year, and he gained 35 pounds from last July to this March, lifting, weight room. His coaches told him, ‘You need to get big, you need to get strong. The bigger you get, the stronger you get, the better you’re going to be.’ He just got so big and so strong and so bulky it inhibited his delivery. His athleticism kind of went backwards a little bit. … We felt like we got a chance maybe here to get a guy that’s a potential first-round talent here with our pick at 76 in the second round.”

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