The White Sox wrapped up their 2017 MLB Draft on Wednesday by drafting, among others, an alum of the team’s ACE program and the sons of legendary talk show host Larry King and former Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean.
Riley Crean, a 6-foot-3 right-hander from Bloomington, Ind., was a 35th round pick; Chance King, a right-hander from Beverly Hills, Calif., was a 39th round pick and Angelo Smith, a left-hander from Harold L. Richards High School in Calumet Park, were among the 30 players drafted by the White Sox in rounds 11-40. Those three aforementioned players are high schoolers and aren’t expected to sign, though it’s nonetheless an honor to be picked.
“Riley is 86 to 90 (miles per hour), good breaking ball at 78,” Hostetler said. “There's a lot of projection on Riley, 6-foot-4. Tom has become a close friend of mine, we've talked in detail about it. Riley is going to go to school but he was also on our Area Code team.
“The breaking ball shows us, because how hard he throws it, there's projection with the fastball. It was an exciting time. I had a chance to call him and they sent me a video they had taken, it pulls at my heartstrings to watch a kid get drafted, the excitement of the family and the parents and everybody.”
Some of Wednesday’s earlier picks were singled out by director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler as being intriguing prospects, including:
— 11th round Indiana State right-hander (and Riverside, Ill. native) Will Kincanon, who “is a big power arm righty from Indiana State that we were excited to get,” Hostetler said.
— 14th round South Carolina outfielder Alex Destino, who Hostetler said has “big power” and was at one point on the White Sox draft board as a potential third-rounder.
— 16th round Louisville center fielder Logan Taylor is, on the 20-80 scale, a 70 runner, Hostetler said.
The White Sox drafted 22 pitchers (14 right-handers, eight left-handers), two catchers, nine infielders and seven outfielders in a draft skewed far more toward college players (34) than high school (six). While the team’s top picks — first-rounder Jake Burger and second-rounder Gavin Sheets — will deservedly garner most of the attention, Hostetler wrapped up the 2017 draft feeling optimistic about the newest additions to the White Sox farm system.
“We added high-impact, power, middle of the order bats that really control the strike zone,” Hostetler said. “That was our key. We started adding some guys who can run today and we had some big power arms. Hopefully a few of those develop into starters but we definitely got some solid big time bullpen pieces today.”