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After using their first-round pick on a power-hitting college first baseman Monday night, the White Sox went pitching in the second round.

They spent the No. 45 pick in the draft on Matthew Thompson, a right-handed hurler from Cypress Ranch High School in Texas.

Here's what MLB Pipeline had to say about Thompson:

"Thompson announced his presence by reaching 95 mph as a rising junior at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in 2017 and remains one of the hardest throwers in this year's prep class, though he has lacked consistency this spring.

"Thompson has an ultra-quick arm and an athletic delivery that produces low-90s fastballs with a maximum velocity of 96 mph when he's at his best, though he also has worked at 89-90 at times this year. His fastball doesn't feature a lot of life but he gets good plane on it with his high three-quarters arm slot. His curveball can give him a second plus pitch at times, though it hasn't been reliable this spring as it had been in the past and flattens into more of a slider when he doesn't stay on top of it.

"Though Thompson's changeup is in the rudimentary stages, he'll flash promising deception and sink. He also needs to refine his control and command to reach his upside as a No. 3 starter. He and Goss are the top recruits in Texas A&M's 2019 class."

 
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