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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.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez


Daily White Sox prospects update: Four-hit day for Eloy Jimenez

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez had four hits, including a pair of doubles to boost his batting average to .322 on the season. Seby Zavala hit his 10th home run of the season and drove in a pair of runs in the 7-2 loss. Spencer Adams got the start and allowed four runs but also struck out nine in just 4.2 innings of work.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had two doubles and Evan Skoug had two hits in a 3-2 win. Big leaguer Carlos Rodon made a rehab start and struck out six, allowing one run in five innings.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and Thyago Vieira threw a scoreless inning in an 8-4 loss.

Jace Fry, who still hasn't allowed a hit, is penciling his name into the White Sox bullpen of the future


Jace Fry, who still hasn't allowed a hit, is penciling his name into the White Sox bullpen of the future

The White Sox best reliever through the first 42 games of this rebuilding season? Undoubtedly, it’s been Jace Fry.

With Rick Renteria’s bullpen hardly the most reliable relief corps the game has ever seen, Fry has been a revelation, starting his 2018 campaign with 7.1 scoreless innings over six appearances.

And now things are getting a bit more dramatic for the 24-year-old lefty, a guy who’s been through a pair of Tommy John surgeries. He pitched some high-leverage ball in Saturday night’s 5-3 win, sitting down all four hitters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings while protecting a two-run lead.

“I was ready the whole game, just waiting for my name to be called,” Fry said. “But it was awesome getting in there in the eighth inning, even getting the first guy in the ninth inning. After I got him I was kind of hoping he’d let me keep going.”

Renteria uses his bullpen in a non-traditional manner, one that perhaps he thinks is a way of the future or one that’s a result of his lack of dominant options out there. Whichever it is, he doesn’t really have a closer but rather a host of guys he uses in those high-leverage situations, whenever they might come during the late stages of a game. Joakim Soria, Nate Jones and Bruce Rondon have all been used to get big outs late in games, and Rondon threw a scoreless seventh Saturday, with Jones getting the game’s final two outs for the save.

But it could be argued that most difficult outs were recorded by Fry, who put away the visiting Texas Rangers’ fourth, fifth and sixth hitters before getting the seventh hitter to strike out to start off the ninth.

Renteria steered away from dubbing Fry one of his new high-leverage guys after the game, but why wouldn’t Fry be in that mix? All he’s done since joining the big league squad earlier this month is get outs. He’s got 10 strikeouts, hasn’t allowed a hit and has just two walks as the lone blemishes on an otherwise perfect season line.

“It just happens to be that it was the eighth inning and the ninth that he pitched,” Renteria said. “I think he’s looking very comfortable in those. It happens to be the eighth and ninth we needed him. He’s been very, very effective. He’s been commanding the strike zone very well, confidently approaching his hitters. He’s got pretty good stuff.

“He’s able to command the zone. Along with that nice breaking ball he’s got to lefties and righties, it’s pretty effective. But he’s continuing to show you he’s capable of coming in and getting some pretty good hitters.”

Fry has been a rarity this season in that he’s appeared to be a candidate for a long-term spot in the White Sox bullpen. Jones would perhaps be the only other guy coming close to qualifying for that, mostly because of his team-friendly contract that keeps him under control a few more years, but he’s had some rough moments, even with his ERA dropping to 3.50 on Saturday.

Fry, though, is young and is dealing at the moment. He even got a shoutout as a potential long-term piece from general manager Rick Hahn earlier this week.

“Take Jace Fry, someone we haven’t mentioned when we’ve had this conversation the last couple of weeks,” Hahn said Thursday, discussing the positives he’s seen during this developmental season. “He’s shown up here and shown that he’s made some progress in his last stint in the minors and now, at age 24, seems like he’s ready to take that next step, and pencil his name in as part of what we’re building here going forward.”

There’s a lot of season left, and no one’s expecting Fry to keep batters hitless and opposing teams scoreless from now through the end of September. But this is a nice development for the rebuilding White Sox at the moment, a guy who’s giving them at least one name to put into that bullpen of the future.

How long can he keep this thing going? As long as he keeps getting ahead of hitters.

“Having the success is awesome, but I realize it’s the plan, the plan of attack,” Fry said. “I’m going out and throwing Strike 1 and getting ahead. Actually doing it, seeing it and having the process work definitely creates more confidence. Once you go back to the blueprint of baseball, Strike 1 is everything.”