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White Sox Day 3 draft roundup

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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.

Sox Drawer Q&A: Joe Girardi, Enoy Jimenez and Chris Sale's 'infected' belly button

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Sox Drawer Q&A: Joe Girardi, Enoy Jimenez and Chris Sale's 'infected' belly button

We made it above 60 degrees in Chicago today: A cause for celebration and another edition of the Sox Drawer. Questions from White Sox fans range from Joe Girardi to Enoy Jimenez (yes, Enoy) to Chris Sale’s “infected” belly button. Here we go.

Q: Jon Heyman tweeted out earlier that Joe Girardi pulled out of the Reds managerial search because he wants to wait a year for the Chicago job. Do you think he’s talking about the Sox? — @piratedwight

CG: I don’t know if the report is true or not, but what I do know is that Girardi grew up a Cubs fan and he later played for the Cubs. Put those two together and I’d assume he would love to manage them in the future. Something to consider: The main reason Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave for firing Girardi in 2017 was that he felt he had trouble communicating and connecting with the young players. For a young, rebuilding team like the White Sox, that might be a red flag. Granted, that’s the Yankees' side of the story. Personally, I don’t think he’s interested in managing the White Sox.

Q: Who do you want the Sox to draft with the 3rd pick? Do some research. — @Frankie_OConnor

CG: If you look at most mock drafts right now, you’ll see high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. going first, followed by Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman (Nick Madrigal’s teammate) and Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers. Rutschman’s stock went way up because of his play in the College World Series, where he was named the Most Outstanding Player. Langeliers won a Gold Glove in 2018, named the best defensive catcher in Division I. He nailed 70 percent of would-be base stealers. Umm, I’ll take that.

The White Sox took Zack Collins with the 10th overall pick in 2016. White Sox scouting director Nick Hostelter always says “take the best player available.” Would they draft another catcher with their top pick again? Possibly.

You know what, why don’t we hear from Hostetler himself? I asked him to describe the talent level at the top of next year’s draft.

“Overall the ‘19 draft has a little bit of everything up top,” Hostetler said. “There are some interesting high school bats and arms, as well as some college bats and a few college arms that are intriguing. I’m not sure there’s a clear top five at this point, but as we’ve seen in past years, the guys sitting at the top of all the lists and mock drafts today usually change come the first Monday in June.”

In other words, let’s talk again in June. The best part about this? The White Sox will be in position to grab a very talented player for their future.

Q: After the most recent international signing of Eloy Jimenez’s brother, Enoy, do you think he could get close to the level of Eloy? Eloy wasn’t a known prospect until a few years ago, keep in mind. — @Dehhmac_

CG: In case you missed it, the White Sox signed Eloy’s 17-year-old brother to a baseball contract Sunday. Eloy posted a photo of him and his smiling brother wearing a White Sox hat and jersey.


By the way, if you do a Google search for “Enoy Jimenez,” Google will ask: “Did you mean Eloy Jimenez?” Even Google can’t believe it.

We don’t know too much about little Enoy. I say little because he’s tiny compared to his big brother. See the video we found on YouTube which was posted a couple of weeks ago. Enoy is wearing a White Sox retro tank top and a Charlotte Knights hat. If anything, he’ll fit right in at SoxFest. Seriously, he has some great baseball DNA, so he’s got that going for him. He’s an infielder. That’s about all we know. As MLB Trade Rumors put it, “scouting information on the younger Jimenez brother is virtually non-existent.”


Q: We know that Rick Hahn plays things close to the vest. In your opinion, do the White Sox view Matt Davidson as a viable two-way option? Personally, I'd like to see how he does in close games. — @emm528

CG: I know Davidson is quite serious about it. I’m not sure about the White Sox side of things. When I asked Don Cooper during the season about the possibility of Davidson having a more permanent role in the bullpen, he seemed skeptical about the idea. That said, if Davidson comes to spring training and impresses the coaching staff, they might be open to it. Davidson told me in September that he needs to train his body during the offseason so he could handle the workload as a pitcher. He just basically winged it in emergency duty last season. At one point after one of his appearances, he needed around two weeks for his body to get back to normal. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pull it off.

Q: You got to be by the dugout for most home games this year. What’s something that goes on in the dugout during a game that fans at home wouldn’t know? — @PeteCha56613119

CG: Davidson likes to throw gum at me.

Q: Chris Sale. Discuss. — @sccerlaw​​​​​​​

CG: If you’re asking about Sale getting an infection from a belly-button ring, he was joking. Sale likes to have fun with the media. Remember in 2014, when he tried to work in a specific word during his postgame media scrums? He said things like juxtapose, acquiesce, capitulated, ruminate, amalgamation. Waiting to hear what his next Harvard vocabulary word was one of the highlights of a rough fourth-place season. Sale did miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS because of an unspecified stomach illness. Keep in mind, he’s probably taking medication for an inflamed shoulder. But he says he’s 100-percent ready now for Game 1 of the World Series.

Q: If the White Sox win the World Series next year will you get a belly button ring? — @vlamas05​​​​​​​

CG: Sure.

Q: Why don't the White Sox have a museum in the park? About 1/3 of the league does and most of those teams have half the history the Sox do. — @Gnome89​​​​​​​

CG: Good question. For this one, I went right to the source and asked Brooks Boyer, White Sox senior vice president of sales and marketing.

“We used to have a small museum that fans could walk through which was attached to our team store," Boyer said. "Years ago, we converted that space as demand for a wider selection of retail products grew. We do have a museum-like historical display in the Magellan Scout Seats and have put many of the significant moments in our history on the columns leading to the sections on the 100 level. This past season we had a Negro League Museum traveling display in the Chicago Sports Depot.

"We continue to look for ways to display our history, and the Depot may very well be the best place, but, at this point, there are no plans for a permanent museum location.”

Q: Who do you see the White Sox going after in free agency this year? — @Grank2410​​​​​​​

CG: I wrote about my top five free agents last week. I don’t know for sure who the White Sox will sign, but I’d like to see them add a veteran hitter or two who have playoff experience, who know what it takes to win and can impart that on the young hitters.

Q: When will the Sox change their uniforms? — @ckottlarock​​​​​​​

CG: Personally, I’d wear the 1983 throwbacks for every game, home and away. But that’s just me.

Q: Can we please not get Machado? Can we get Nolan Arenado instead? — @drobaseball555​​​​​​​

CG: Rick Hahn, if you’re reading this, @drobaseball555 wants Arenado. Got it?

Thanks everyone for all of your questions. We’ll do it again next week.

White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

One Jimenez just isn't enough for the White Sox.

The White Sox signed the younger brother of top prospect Eloy Jimenez this weekend. Enoy Jimenez is a 17-year-old infielder, and the 21-year-old outfielder ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball was on hand for his brother's big moment.

Eloy figures to hit the big leagues early next season, though it will likely be a while longer before his teenage brother could do the same. Still, they're likely hoping for the chance to play together one day.

According to this pretty exhaustive list from MLB.com, four sets of brothers have played together on the White Sox: Homer and Ted Blankenship in the 1920s, Dick and Hank Allen in the 1970s, Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 2003 and 2004 and John and Jordan Danks in 2012.

Should we be getting ready for the fifth pair?

Update: Our Chuck Garfien found this video of Enoy taking some cuts with his big brother — all decked out in White Sox gear, too.