Despite not selecting a high school player with their first-round pick in the MLB Draft since 2001, Chicago took outfielder Courtney Hawkins (13th) and first baseman Keon Barnum with the 48th overall selection in the supplemental part of the first-round.
Now, it appears Barnum will be the first one to ink his contract of the duo. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the 19-year-old will be flying to Arizona on Monday for his physical and if he passes, he will officially sign with the White Sox and forgo his scholarship to the University of Miami.
During Barnum's senior season, he batted .417 with five home runs, five doubles, 27 runs scored and 15 RBI. Barnum has drawn MLB comparisons to Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard due in large part to his 6'5, 225-pound frame.
The slotted bonus for the 48th overall pick is 1,052,500.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.