Thanks to the offseason signings of David Robertson and Melky Cabrera, the White Sox lost their second- and third-round picks in the 2015 MLB Draft. So after taking Vanderbilt right-hander Carson Fulmer with the No. 8 overall pick in the first round, the White Sox had to wait until pick No. 112 to make another selection.
Tuesday's edition of the MLB Draft covered rounds three through 10, with the White Sox -- as usual -- taking plenty of college pitchers.
"Obviously we’re pretty good at developing college pitchers so we’re going to stick with that for a little while," White Sox assistant scouting director Nick Hostetler said. "It was our goal to add a catcher and we did that as well. We’re not going to shy away from our strength, especially in a deep draft lie this with college pitching so it made sense to go that way."
The White Sox selections from Tuesday were:
Third round: None
Fourth round (No. 112): Clemson LHP Zack Erwin. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Erwin posted a 4.26 ERA with a 62/28 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 72 2/3 innings split between the Tigers' bullpen and starting rotation in 2014.
Fifth round (No. 142): Rice RHP Jordan Stephens. The ace of the Rice rotation underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 but returned strong this spring, posting a 3.17 ERA over 59 2/3 innings with a sparkling 75/17 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Sixth round (No. 172): Carl Albert High School (Okla.) 1B Corey Zangari. MLB Network's Jonathan Mayo said initially Zangari was viewed as a pitcher, but he had mixed results on the mound and appears to enter the White Sox as a position player. He's committed to play his college ball at Oklahoma State.
Seventh round (No. 202): Iowa RHP Blake Hickman. The Chicago native and Simeon alum pitched well for the Hawkeyes this year, posting a 2.99 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 42 walks over 16 starts. He signed his letter of intent to attend Iowa at a White Sox-hosted signing day ceremony and was a four-time White Sox Double Duty Classic selection from 2008-2011.
Thank you so much to my high school summer ball team the ACE White Sox. This means a lot to me and my family. https://t.co/0I2w3kTT3V
— Blake Hickman (@BlakeHickman18) June 8, 2015
Eighth round (No. 232): Coastal Carolina C Casey Schroeder. The Chanticleers' backstop didn't hit well for average in his one year with Coastal Carolina (.230 AVG) but he did show some pop with his bat. In 54 games, he hit 13 home runs with 31 RBI, including a .870 OPS. Schroeder was drafted twice before 2015, first in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of high school by the St. Louis Cardinals and in the 14th round in 2014 by the Oakland Athletics.
Ninth round (No. 262): Illinois-Chicago LHP Ryan Hinchley. The southpaw was used sparingly in 2015, only making eight appearances with one start. While his control might be somewhat of a concern (37 walks over 31.1 innings between 2014-15 seasons), scouts love his power pitches. He recorded a 11.7 K/9 rate his senior year in Chicago.
— Joe Boozell (@EojLlezoob) June 9, 2015
10th round: (No. 292): Michigan CF Jackson Glines. The former Wolverine may not add a lot in the power department at the plate, but he more than makes up for it with contact and speed. The lefty had a slash line of .349/.440/.492 in his senior year at Ann Arbor and swiped seven bases. He's also flashed some leather out in center field, as seen by this outstanding catch in the Big Ten Tournament.