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MLB Draft Tracker: White Sox go pitcher-heavy to start Day 2

MLB Draft Tracker: White Sox go pitcher-heavy to start Day 2

The White Sox selected two of the best college bats on Day 1 of the MLB Draft with Missouri State 3B Jake Burger and Wake Forest 1B Gavin Sheets.

That trend continued in Round 3 with the selection of New Mexico CF Luis Gonzalez (87th overall) before the White Sox went heavy with the arms of Day 2 of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Gonzalez hit .361 with 8 home runs, 42 RBIs and 62 runs in 55 games for the Lobos. The left-handed hitter had an on-base percentage of .500 and a 1.089 OPS and also swiped 14 bases in his junior season.

The run on arms began in the fourth round, including a pair of Louisville Cardinals:

4. Lincoln Henzman, RHP, Louisville (117th overall)

Henzman, Louisville's closer in 2017, saved 16 games for the Cardinals. He was 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA, striking out 36 and walking 9 in 35.2 innings. The White Sox announced Henzman as a starter.

5. Tyler Johnson, RHP, South Carolina (147th overall)

Johnson saved 10 games for the Gamecocks in his junior season, finishing with a 2.39 ERA in 26.1 innings. He struck out 40 batters and walked 15 in 19 appearances. The White Sox also announced Johnson as a starter.

6. Kade McClure, RHP, Louisville (177th overall)

McClure went 8-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 17 starts for the Cardinals, taylling 102 striekouts and just 35 walks in 97.0 innings in his junior season. He was outstanding as a sophomore, going 12-0 with a 2.54 ERA in 13 starts (15 total appearances).

7. Evan Skoug, C, TCU (207th overall)

Skoug appeared in 63 games for the Horned Frogs, slashing .277/.385/.562 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs. The left-handed hitter is a local kid, playing his high-school ball in Libertyville.

8. Sam Abbott, 1B, Curtis HS (237th overall)

The massive first baseman stands 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.

9. Craig Dedelow, OF, Indiana (267th overall)

The outfielder had a power surge in his senior season, hitting 19 home runs and driving in 54 runs for the Hoosiers.

10. JB Olson, RHP, Oklahoma (297th overall)

The 22-year-old had eight saves for the Sooners in his final year, striking out 46 batters and holding down a 1.99 ERA over 45.1 innings. He didn't allow a single home run in 31 appearances.

Eloy Jimenez gets rave review from Yankees All Star: 'He can be a star for all of MLB'

Eloy Jimenez gets rave review from Yankees All Star: 'He can be a star for all of MLB'

The temperature is rising on the South Side, and if you look outside, you know it has nothing to do with Mother Nature.

Instead, it’s a heat wave coming from a fresh-faced 22-year-old slugger who’s crushing baseballs, igniting a fan base and screaming “Hi Mom!” to his actual mother whenever he spots a TV camera with its red light on.

Eloy Jimenez has arrived with the White Sox, and according to a New York Yankees All Star who has known him for years, the best is yet to come.

“Not this year, but next year, he’s going to be even better,” infielder Gleyber Torres said about Jimenez.

The two of them were signed by that team across town in 2013 when they were both 16 years old. They were practically inseparable back then, and they remain tight to this day.

“I talk with Gleyber pretty much every single day now. He’s kind of like my brother,” Jimenez said. “We haven’t lost that communication, and I think that’s good for us.”

Torres echoed similar thoughts about Jimenez.

“In my first couple years with the Cubs, he was my roommate every day. We’ve got a really good relationship. We’re like brothers. We are really good friends,” Torres said. “I’m just happy to see what he’s doing right now.”

Which, lately, has been just about everything.

There was that majestic home run Jimenez belted on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals that landed on the center field concourse at Guaranteed Rate Field, the two walks the next day when the Yankees decided to pitch around Jimenez as if he was a perennial All Star, and then the two-homer game on Friday: The first one gave the White Sox the lead, the second stuck a dagger into the Yankees, as well as the heart of his longtime friend.

“For sure, I didn’t like it,” Torres said with a smile about Jimenez’s two-homer, six-RBI game. “I’m not surprised. I knew Eloy before he signed with the Cubs out of the Dominican. He’s a big dude. The power is coming every day.”

How good can Jimenez be? Torres, who plays on a star-studded team with Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius, sees Jimenez reaching the same stratosphere.

“He can be a star for all of MLB. He’s just a young guy right now, but when he matures a little more, he can do everything.”

Jimenez is turning up the heat in Chicago, and it’s not even summer yet.

The South Side can’t wait for the sizzle to come.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

Eloy Jimenez has arrived.

His rookie season has become special with big games and big moments, the latest being his two-homer, six RBI game against the Yankees. Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the magic of Eloy (1:30). Chuck interviews Jimenez after the game (6:20), Lucas Giolito is the first 10-game winner in baseball. Let that sink in (8:00). Die-hard White Sox fan Frank Kaminsky rips Cubs fans (13:00) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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