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White Sox Day 3 draft roundup


White Sox Day 3 draft roundup

After following a pretty recognizable pattern in rounds 2-15 of the MLB Draft Tuesday, the White Sox were all over the field in rounds 16-40 on Wednesday.

First-round picks: Courtney Hawkins, Keon Barnum Rounds 2-15 picks

Here's a rundown of who the Sox selected today:

Round 16: Abe Ruiz, 1B, Arizona State University

The powerful senior belted 13 home runs with a .965 OPS for ASU this season and took an interesting route to get there -- after a successful freshman campaign in Tempe, Ruiz left the team, then had surgery to repair a torn labrum, preventing him from seeing much action in 2011.

Round 17: Sammy Ayala, C, La Jolla County Day High School (Calif.)

Judging by this Baseball America report from February, Ayala is a decent prospect, but that he fell all the way to round 17 means he's probably headed off to college unless the Sox can pinch some pennies somewhere to fit him in under their bonus allotment.

Round 18: Thomas McCarthy, 3B, University of Kentucky

In his first year at Kentucky, McCarthy posted a 1.017 OPS, but fell off to .856 in 2012. He played two years in JuCo before heading to Lexington, and like Ruiz, that he's a senior hurt his draft standing.

Round 19: Alex Williams, 1B, Louisiana Tech University

Williams connected for 12 home runs with a .968 OPS in his senior year at LaTech. He had an up-and-down college career, seeing his OPS fluctuate from .784 to .971 to .723 to .968.

Round 20: Zachary Voight, SS, New Mexico State University

Voight split his college career between Navarro College and NMSU and hit .301.388.485 with eight home runs in his senior year in New Mexico.

Round 21: Adam Lopez, RHP, Virginia Military Institute

In four years at VMI, Lopez only threw 119 13 innings thanks in large part to undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. But he did strike out 146 in those innings.

Round 22: Cory McGinnis, RHP, Auburn University at Montgomery

Bounced between Winthrop, South Alabama and Auburn at Montgomery during his college career, and per his bio, his uncle is Home Improvement star Tim Allen.

Round 23: Kale Kiser, OF, University of Nebraska

Finished his career playing under Darin Erstad in Lincoln strong, posting an .865 OPS with six home runs in his senior season for the Huskers. He posted an OBP above .415 in three of his four years with Nebraska and never had fewer than eight more walks than strikeouts after his freshman year.

Round 24: Eric Grabe, 2B, University of Tampa

Grabe won an area gold glove as a junior and hit .320.382.480 in his senior season.

Round 25: Storm Throne, RHP, Morningside College (Iowa)

Has an outstanding name and, judging by his twitter profile photo, is a White Sox fan. The Omaha native, who stands at 6-foot-7, posted a 4.58 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 22 walks in his junior season.

Round 26: Zachary Toney, LHP, Austin Peay State University

Started in 14 of his 17 appearances with a 3.10 ERA, 45 walks and 86 strikeouts. Another senior.

Round 27: Zachary Fisher, C, New Mexico State University

Was a 49th-round pick of Kansas City in 2009, compiled a 1.028 OPS in three years at NMSU with 22 home runs.

Round 28: James Hudelson, RHP, Delta State University (Miss.)

Began his college career at Jefferson CC -- Mark Buehrle's alma mater -- before transferring to Mizzou and then to Delta State, where he struck out 26 in 20 13 innings of relief work.

Round 29: Jason Coats, OF, TCU

An ACL injury ended his season in late May, so he may not see action in the Sox system until 2013. In four years at TCU, he compiled a .940 OPS with 33 home runs. He was a 12th-round pick of Baltimore following his junior year of 2011.

Round 30: Jake Brown, SS, Kansas State University

Never posted an OPS above .700 in the Little Apple, although he was named to the Brooks Wallace Award watch list, which is given to the top collegiate shortstop every year, with fielding ability a large component of compiling the list.

Round 31: William Thompson, 3B, East Carolina University

Started off strong at ECU but his offensive numbers dipped every year from his sophomore to senior seasons. Still, he compiled a .424 OBP in his collegiate career.

Round 32: Steve Nikorak, 3B, Temple University

Hit seven homers with a .909 OPS in his senior year.

Round 33: Jon Savarise, LHP, Stevenson High School (Ill.)

A local product and White Sox fan, Savarise -- then pitching for Loyola -- threw a scoreless inning during an All-Star contest at U.S. Cellular Field last year. He throws about as hard as Jamie Moyer, per Prep Baseball Report.

Round 34: Ryan Castellanos, RHP, Archbishop McCarthy High School (Fla.)

A teammate of fifth-round pick Nick Basto, he apparently has no intention of going pro right now.

Round 35: Kyle Martin, RHP, Texas A&M University

Pitched in relief for the Aggies, striking out 50 with 21 walks in 53 innings during his final year in College Station.

Round 36: Mitch Patishall, RHP, Pendleton Heights High School (Ind.)

He's committed to the University of Cincinnati, and probably will honor that. He plays both third base and pitcher.

Round 37: Thurman Hall III, OF, Western Texas College

Compiled a .432 OBP at the JuCo level while stealing 12 bases in 13 attempts.

Round 38: DeJohn Suber, SS, Morgan Park High School (Ill.)

Prep Baseball Report describes him as an outstanding fielder with very raw offensive abilities. His twitter profile indicates he's committed to John A. Logan College, where the White Sox plucked lefty Derek Thompson from in the 13th round of this year's draft.

Round 39: Mitch Glasser, 2B, Macalester College (Minn.)

An alum of The Latin School in Chicago, Glasser is apparently the first player ever drafted out of the small D-III Minnesota college.

Round 40: Sam Mason, RHP, Beverly Hills High School (Calif.)

Can't find much on him as a pitcher, but generally prep players selected this late don't turn pro.

Would potential bargains like Mike Moustakas or Carlos Gonzalez make sense for White Sox?


Would potential bargains like Mike Moustakas or Carlos Gonzalez make sense for White Sox?

The 2017-18 baseball offseason continues to be, well, the 2017-18 baseball offseason, even with spring training games being played in Arizona and Florida.

A bunch of names remain on the free-agent market, including All-Star players who thought they would be in for big multi-year contracts. But as teams continue to deny the wishes of guys who expected to get big deals, the suggestion that those players might end up needing to take one-year offers if they want to play during the 2018 season is becoming a more common talking point.

So with potential bargains to be had for some pretty big-name players, do the White Sox jump into the waters and try to lock up a potential future piece on the cheap? Though they aren’t expected to contend this season, the White Sox have been mentioned in a pair of recent reports surrounding a pair of All-Star position players: Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi wrote last week that the White Sox are a potential fit for Moustakas, who has sat and watched as former Kansas City Royals teammate Eric Hosmer received a huge contract from the San Diego Padres. Moustakas set a new Royals record last season with 38 home runs but has yet to find a team.

The White Sox, connected to Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado earlier this offseason, seem to have a current big leaguer or highly ranked prospect locked into almost every position on the diamond for the foreseeable future, but third base isn't necessarily one of them. Jake Burger was last year’s top draft pick, though there’s speculation he could slide over to first base. The team still envisions him as a big league third baseman, for what it’s worth.

Moustakas is 29 and already has seven big league seasons under his belt, including a pair of All-Star appearances and a pair of trips to the World Series, including the Crowns’ championship back in 2015. His 38 homers and 85 RBIs in 2017 were both career highs. He slashed .272/.314/.521, the final of those three numbers the best mark of his career.

Moustakas has rarely hit for average or reached base at too high a clip, though those recent power numbers would be intriguing at a hitter-friendly park like Guaranteed Rate Field, where he has 10 career dingers, 26 career RBIs and a .249/.308/.456 career slash line as a visitor.

Certainly Moustakas would be a buzz-worthy addition, and if the White Sox could get him for a good value thanks to this slow-moving market, that adds incentive to bring him aboard. A short contract would have even more incentive for the rebuilding White Sox, who would have the option to either sign him to a long-term deal or deal him away in a deadline deal depending on his immediate production levels.

But for fans hoping the White Sox will spend big on a third baseman in one of the next two offseasons — Machado is a free agent next winter, and Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado is set to hit the market the winter after next — slotting in an outside addition at the hot corner now could impact those plans.

Gonzalez is a completely different story, a three-time All Star during his 10-year big league career who is just three seasons removed from a 40-homer campaign in 2015. The 32-year-old Gonzalez also has a trio of Gold Gloves to go along with his 215 career home runs. FanRag’s Jon Heyman listed the White Sox as a possible landing spot for CarGo this weekend.

But his walk year in Colorado was not a very good one by his standards. In 136 games for a Rockies team that ended up in the playoffs, he slashed .262/.339/.423, all those averages way down from his usual level of production. And his power numbers plummeted to 14 homers and 57 RBIs after he combined for 65 homers and 197 RBIs in 2015 and 2016.

The good news for the White Sox is that down year makes Gonzalez far more affordable. Should he command only a one-year contract, the White Sox could take a flier, stick him in the outfield — which still has an unresolved spot with few strong offensive options for center field — and trade him should he bounce back in a big way. Or, at 32, perhaps he’s a guy the White Sox could opt to keep around should he prove valuable and the rebuild continues to move along ahead of schedule.

Gonzalez seems the less risky move at this point, as Moustakas could still be looking for a multi-year contract. But the White Sox have plenty of financial flexibility and flexibility in their decision-making should they add either guy and he proves worthy of a midseason deal or a long-term look.

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries


White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.