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White Sox MLB Draft tracker: Rounds 11-40


White Sox MLB Draft tracker: Rounds 11-40

The White Sox wrapped up their picks in the MLB Draft Wednesday with rounds 11-40. The picks:

Round 11 (322): Danny Dopico, RHP, Florida International
Round 12 (352): Seby Zavala, C, San Diego State
Round 13 (382): Ryan Riga, LHP, Ohio State
Round 14 (412): Tyler Sullivan, CF, Pacific
Round 15 (442): Christopher Comito, RHP, Norwalk High School (Iowa)

Round 16 (472): Brandon Quintero, RHP, Cal State L.A.
Round 17 (502): Jeffrey Orvis, 1B, Ole Miss
Round 18 (532): Dante Flores, 2B, USC
Round 19 (562): Frank Califano, CF, Youngstown State
Round 20 (592): Jacob Cooper, C, Modesto Junior College

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Round 21 (622): Landon Lassiter, LF, North Carolina
Round 22 (652): Daniel Mendick, SS, UMass-Lowell
Round 23 (682): Dylan Barrow, RHP, University of Tampa
Round 24 (712): Brandon Magallones, RHP, Northwestern
Round 25 (742): Richard McWilliams, RHP, Cal Poly Pomon

Round 26 (772): Grant Massey, SS, Lipscomb
Round 27 (802): Alex Katz, LHP, St. John's
Round 28 (832): Bradley Strong, 3B, Western Carolina
Round 29 (862): Jake Fincher, CF, North Carolina State
Round 30 (892): Jack Charleston, RHP, Faulkner

Round 31 (922): David Walker, 2B, Grand Canyon
Round 32 (952): Taylore Cherry, RHP, North Carolina
Round 33 (982): Jonathan Frebis, LHP, Middle Tennessee State
Round 34 (1,012): Drew Hasler, RHP, Valparaiso
Round 35 (1,042): D.J. King, SS Hillsborough C.C.

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Round 36 (1,072): Michael Hickman, C, Seven Lakes High School (Texas)
Round 37 (1,102): Garvin Alston, LHP, Mountain Pointe High School (Ariz.)
Round 38 (1,132): Cody Staab, CF, College Station High School (Texas)
Round 39 (1,162): Jalin McMillan, 3B, Simeon (Ill.)
Round 40 (1,192): Joseph Reinsdorf, 2B, New Trier (Ill.)

Notes on the highlighted players above:

-- 11th-rounder Danny Dopico served as FIU's closer this year and posted a 1.99 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 20 walks in 45 1/3 innings. The right-hander was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 115 draft prospect in Florida this year.

-- 24th-rounder Brandon Magallones is the first Northwestern player drafted by the White Sox since 1989. The Manhattan, Ill. native (who attended Providence Catholic) had a 5.55 ERA in 16 starts for the Wildcats in 2015.

-- 29th-rounder Jake Fincher was a college teammate of Carlos Rodon's at N.C. State and made this catch as part of the Wolfpack's run to the College World Series in 2013:

-- 32nd-rounder Taylore Cherry is a big guy, standing at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds. He didn't pitch in 2015 but had a 4.01 ERA in 42 2/3 innings for UNC in 2014.

-- 39th-rounder Jalin McMillan is the second Simeon alum drafted by the White Sox this year (following seventh-rounder Blake Hickman). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound third baseman is committed to play college baseball at Illinois.

-- 40th-rounder Joseph Reinsdorf is the grandson of White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation


ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming. 

Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts. 

Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it. 

Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.

So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control. 

White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2


White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: