Everyone else has a mock draft so the White Sox decided to join the fun.
Over the past few months, the White Sox have been linked to three college pitchers and the seven teams ahead of them have been linked to just about everyone. Baseball America alone has held five different versions over the last month, each with the Arizona Diamondbacks selecting a different player first overall.
With so much uncertainty, the White Sox decided to add a wrinkle to their own preparation for the first round of Monday’s amateur draft by conducting their own mocks every day. Based upon information ascertained by their scouts, the White Sox have run through a variety of scenarios to see just who may be available when they make the eighth pick.
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So far, the White Sox have been linked to Illinois left-hander Tyler Jay, Vanderbilt righty Carson Fulmer or Missouri State right-hander Jon Harris.
“It’s funny because there’s so many things on the Internet,” White Sox amateur scouting director Doug Laumann said. “(Assistant scouting director) Nick Hostetler had mentioned to me that maybe every day we should do like a mock, so we get in every morning everybody kind of puts their heads together as far as what they maybe heard the day before and we go through a scenario and we try to make guys… we assign each guy a certain organization, dig as much information as he can from that and then each day we try to have them put up a different scenario than the one from the day before.”
There’s so much disinformation out there the White Sox aren’t certain what’s good intelligence and what isn’t. Baseball America most recently said Arizona would take catcher Tyler Stephenson with the first pick. But they’ve also linked the Diamondbacks to Jay, Fulmer, shortstop Dansby Swanson and pitcher Dillon Tate.
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The White Sox say its 75/25 they select a college pitcher, one who could potentially arrive in the majors before the 2015 season is over. They also feel like they’re prepared for almost anything thrown their direction.
“We’ve gone through a bunch of them,” Laumann said. “Probably 20, 25 of them and ultimately it keeps coming back to about two or three guys and more likely it will be one of those two or three guys that we end up with.”