Chicago White Sox

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1s 47 Keenyn Walker OF Central Arizona JC Ariz. $795,000
Walker was drafted in the 16th round out of high school in Utah in 2009 and last year at Central Arizona, in the 38th round. Scouts have always been intrigued by the 6-foot-3 switch-hitter with standout tools and impressive athleticism. The raw tools don't always translate on the baseball field, however, and he didn't even start regularly last year. This year is a different story. Walker has performed well with wood and he should get more than the $250,000 he reportedly turned down out of high school. Walker has more power from the right side, but his lefthanded swing is more pure. He's mostly a gap hitter with above-average speed, so he profiles as a good defensive center fielder. He has the speed to hit at the top of the order, but needs to cut down on his strikeouts. If he doesn't sign, Walker will head to Utah.
2 80 Erik Johnson RHP California Calif. $450,000
Johnson has a big, 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame and sometimes has trouble maintaining his mechanics. His delivery can get a little rigid and he loses his arm slot at times, though he's been better about getting it back than he was last year. Johnson is quick to the plate and sits in the 90-94 mph range with his fastball and tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is a hard slider that he can throw for strikes or use as a wipeout pitch and he also mixes in a slow, show-me curveball and a changeup that is inconsistent, but shows flashes of being a quality pitch. Johnson sometimes tries to be too fine with his fastball instead of trusting that he can overpower hitters with it. While he needs to sharpen his fastball command, Johnson has shown a good enough feel for pitching to get by and go deep into games without it.
3 110 Jeff Soptic RHP Johnson County (Kan.) CC Kan. $320,000
Few pitchers in this draft can light up a radar gun like Soptic can, but his lack of consistency likely will keep him out of the first couple of rounds. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder's arm works easily, as he effortlessly delivers fastballs at 93-96 mph and peaks at 100. Velocity is the one constant with Soptic. His four-seam fastball is fairly straight and gets hit harder than it should. He'll flash a plus slider at times, but it's below-average more often than not. His changeup is a distant third pitch. Unless he can significantly improve his control and secondary pitches, Soptic probably will have to settle for being a reliever as a pro. Nevertheless, his arm strength and body are hard to ignore. Drafted in the 43rd round out of high school by the Royals but unselected when he maxed out at 94 mph as a freshman, Soptic will attend Missouri if he doesn't turn pro.
4 141 Kyle McMillen RHP Kent State Ohio $120,000
Andrew Chafin isn't the only Kent State arm attracting early-round attention. The Golden Flashes used McMillen as a two-way player in his first two seasons--he showed impressive raw power as a first baseman--but he has concentrated on pitching as a junior after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand last fall. He touched 94 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has done so repeatedly this spring, working at 91-94 mph. Kent State's Mike Birkbeck, a former big leaguer who's regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest, has helped McMillen refine a slider that's a wipeout pitch at times. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a good athlete but needs to do a more consistent job of throwing strikes. With the Flashes' starters dominating Mid-American Conference opponents all season long, scouts have had a hard time getting to see McMillen in action. But they've seen him enough that he should go in the first three rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the sandwich round.
5 171 Scott Snodgress LHP Stanford Calif. $141,300
Another physical lefthander, Scott Snodgress, showed better velocity in the fall and settled back into the 90-92 mph range out of Stanford's bullpen this spring. Scouts like his size--he's 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds--and potential, but he doesn't have great command or composure. Snodgress throws a good curveball and changeup and needs to trust his stuff is and show more confidence on the mound.
6 201 Marcus Semien SS California Calif. $130,000
Semien is a steady defender with sure hands and some arm strength, though he may lack the first-step quickness to stay at shortstop. He's an average runner. He hit well last year and in the Northwoods League last summer, but scouts have questions about his bat. He didn't do anything to quell doubters this year, hitting .260/.357/.380.
7 231 Kevan Smith C Pittsburgh Pa. $60,000
Smith provides a little more value than other Pennsylvania college bats this year because he's a catcher. He has a football background and is a strong, physical player whose power trumps his hitting despite leading the team with a .406 average in 192 at-bats. He receives well enough and could profile well as a backup.
8 261 Ian Gardeck RHP Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
In 2005, an unheralded pitcher transferred from an NCAA Division I program to Angelina JC and quickly blossomed into a top prospect. Gardeck has taken a similar path, and while he won't duplicate Clay Buchholz's rise and become a supplemental first-rounder, he has some of the best sheer arm strength in this draft. Gardeck didn't start pitching until his junior year at Crystal Lake (Ill.) South HS, and he occasionally touched 94 mph as a senior in 2009 and as a reliever at Dayton in 2010. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder's velocity spiked when he pitched in the New England Collegiate League last summer, and he opened more eyes when he hit 98 mph in the fall after moving to Angelina. Because he's so new to pitching, Gardeck is still raw. Scouts don't like his arm action, which hampers his ability to throw strikes, as does his inability to maintain his arm slot. He pitched his way out of Angelina's rotation and into its bullpen this spring. He consistently pitches at 94-96 mph as a reliever. He'll show a mid-80s slider that's a wipeout pitch at times, but he struggles to harness it. With two pitches that grade at 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale at times but command that rates a 35, Gardeck's pro future also is in the bullpen. He'll attend Alabama if he doesn't turn pro.
9 291 Matt Lane LHP Northwest Florida State JC Fla. $110,000
Lane is a Georgia prep product who started his college career at Mississippi State. After pitching 12 innings in 2010 and posting a 5.25 ERA, he transferred to Northwest Florida State, where he got a chance to start and took full advantage, going 8-5, 2.18 in 99 innings. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Lane has room to fill out and added some velocity this season, bumping 90-91 on occasion and pitching consistently in the upper 80s at season's end from a high arm slot. He throws a solid curveball and changeup at his best but can be inconsistent with his secondary stuff when he loses his slot. He's committed to Tulane.
10 321 Ben O'Shea LHP Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
Santa Fe lefthander Ben O'Shea consistently sat in the upper 80s most of the season, and with his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame teams had enough to dream on. He improved his stock greatly by sitting in the 90-92 mph range at the state juco tournament as his team's No. 2 starter behind Malcolm Clapsaddle. O'Shea also shows feel for a changeup and a fringe-average slurvy breaking ball.
11 351 Blair Walters LHP Hawaii Hawaii
After Lenny Linsky, Hawaii's next-best arm is lefthander Blair Walters, who pitched the most innings out of the Rainbows bullpen. Walters intrigues scouts with the heavy sink on his 93 mph fastball, but his secondary stuff needs work.
12 381 Andrew Virgili RHP Lynn (Fla.) Fla.
13 411 Chadd Krist C California Calif.
Catcher Chadd Krist did a great job handling the premium stuff on Cal's staff. He has a solid arm that plays up thanks to his athleticism and quick footwork, and he threw out 61 percent of basestealers this year. He's agile behind the plate, and he receives and blocks well. He belted 10 home runs last year, but only showed gap power this year with the new bats, leading the team in doubles. Krist is a good leader with a blue-collar work ethic; he'll have to show more with the bat to be an everyday player.
14 441 Mark Ginther 3B Oklahoma State Okla.
Mark Ginther has the size (6-foot-3, 202 pounds), athleticism, righthanded power and arm strength that scouts want in a third baseman. He looked like a potential top-three-rounds pick when he came out of Jenks High--where he quarterbacked the football team to two Oklahoma 6-A championships--but he has been too aggressive and inconsistent at the plate. He hurt his cause by hitting .215/.266/.323 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He has improved defensively in just his second season at the hot corner.
15 471 David Herbek SS James Madison Va.
James Madison's shortstop David Herbek has shown a decent amount of power, batting .374/.456/.701 with 15 home runs. That drew scouts' interest because Herbek also has a chance to stick at shortstop.
16 501 Chris Bassitt RHP Akron Ohio
Scouts didn't know much about righthander Chris Bassitt prior to this spring, because he redshirted in 2008 and made just one appearance while focusing on academics in 2010. He's no longer anonymous after posting a 1.42 ERA and averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings as a fourth-year junior. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder lives off his 90-93 mph sinker, which he delivers from a low-three-quarters arm angle. His second pitch is a slider, which grades as an average pitch at times.
17 531 Collin Kuhn OF Arkansas Ark.
Fellow Razorback outfielder Collin Kuhn outhit Kyle Robinson against better league pitching and was the team's leading home run hitter. Like Robinson, he can be too aggressive at the plate, but at least he has speed and can sub in as a center fielder. His below-average arm may limit him from being a fourth outfielder, however. He's a fourth-year junior with present strength and no carrying tool.
18 561 Bryan Blough RHP Kennesaw State Ga.
Kennesaw State's top draft pick will be senior righty Bryan Blough, who was on BA's 2009 list as a junior college product. He had a rough adjustment to Division I in 2010, posting a 10.29 ERA, but rebounded to go 4-4, 3.61 this season. He keeps the ball down and can push his fastball into the 88-92 mph range from an over-the-top delivery. Blough also holds his velocity well and gets depth on his slider.
19 591 Kevin Vance RHP Connecticut Conn.
Closer Kevin Vance performed well in the Cape Cod League for Chatham last summer, impressing scouts with a fastball that touched 94 mph. He showed similar velocity during UConn's scout day and intrasquad workouts, sitting 90-92, but during the spring he has mostly been in the 86-90 mph range. Vance still was one of the Big East's top bullpen arms, registering 12 saves and holding opponents to a .105 average through his first 23 appearances. He flashes an above-average curveball with good shape and a decent changeup. When he's on, scouts said Vance looks like Ricky Bottalico, though the drop in velocity could hurt his draft positioning.
20 621 Martin Medina C Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
21 651 Joe De Pinto 2B Southern California Calif.
22 681 Blake Drake RHP Indiana State Ind.
23 711 Mike Marjama C Long Beach State Calif.
24 741 Mark Haddow OF UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Mark Haddow is a senior sign with upside--a tools guy who finally translated his talent into performance this spring. Physical and athletic at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Haddow is a solid-average runner with a solid-average arm and average defensive skills at a corner outfield spot. Making consistent contact has always been his bugaboo. He has done a better job with it this spring, though scouts still doubt he'll hit enough to be a big league regular.
25 771 Chris Devenski RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
So does Devenski, a converted shortstop who transferred from Golden West JC. He fell out of favor early in the year before coming on again a bit in the second half, though he had a 4.98 ERA in 22 innings through 15 appearances on the spring. Devenski ran his fastball up to 94 mph in the fall, but he's been more 90-92 and straight this spring, and there were outings when he worked in the high 80s. His slider and changeup are serviceable.
26 801 Grant Buckner 3B West Virginia W.Va.
27 831 Jake Cose RHP San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC Calif.
28 861 Kyle Robinson 1B Arkansas Ark.
Arkansas has its own senior sign in outfielder Kyle Robinson, who has power and athleticism. He struggled in Southeastern Conference play, hitting just .175.
29 891 Dustin Hayes OF Langley, B.C. (No school) British Columbia
30 921 Brandon Parrent LHP Texas A&M Texas $100,000
31 951 Michael Johnson SS Samford Ala.
32 981 Brent Tanner C South Alabama Ala.
33 1011 Bryce Mosier C Valhalla HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
Bryce Mosier, a physical catcher with a slightly above-average arm and solid receiving skills. Mosier impressed scouts at the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game in November, earning MVP honors with a two-run triple. He has some feel for the barrel and power potential, and he could sneak into the back of the top 10 rounds.
34 1041 Dakota Freese RHP Washington HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa
35 1071 Joe Dvorsky RHP Texas State Texas
36 1101 Cody Winiarski RHP Virginia Va.
Cody Winiarski works with a fastball in the upper 80s and solid secondary stuff.
37 1131 Todd Kibby LHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
38 1161 Keegan Linza RHP Liberty Va.
39 1191 Javier Reynoso LHP Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS, Tampa Fla.
40 1221 Jake Reed RHP Helix Charter HS, La Mesa, Calif. Calif.
Also a high school quarterback, Reed earns raves for his athleticism and makeup. He has outstanding feel for pitching and a promising three-pitch mix. He spots his fastball well and it ranges from 88-92 mph, peaking at 93. His breaking ball and changeup both flash average, and he can throw both pitches for strikes. He gets caught in between breaking balls; sometimes it looks more like a slider with good depth, and other times more like a curveball. His changeup has late sink when it's on, but he needs to become more consistent with it. Reed's arm action is a little funky and short, but he could add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. He's committed to Oregon, but as one of the top two prep righthanders in Southern California, he could be drafted in the top three to five rounds.
41 1251 Chandler Shepherd RHP Lawrence County HS, Louisa, Ky. Ky.
Chandler Shepherd set a state record by throwing 46 consecutive scoreless innings as a sophomore in 2009, then had Tommy John surgery that July and missed the 2010 season. He returned this spring and emerged as the best high school prospect in the state. An athletic 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander, he has the makings of a solid three-pitch mix with an 87-91 mph fastball that touches 93, a hard curveball and good feel for a changeup. A Kentucky recruit, he may be difficult to sign.
42 1281 Aaron Pangilinan RHP Escalon (Calif.) HS Calif.
43 1311 Joel Effertz RHP Madison (Wis.) JC Wis.
Joel Effertz was the state's No. 2-ranked prospect as a Ladysmith High senior in 2009, when the Dodgers drafted him in the 37th round. He spent a redshirt year at Arizona before transferring back home to Madison JC. He struck out 18 in a regional championship game against Kankakee (Ill.) CC, putting the Wolfpack in the Division II Junior College World Series. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound righthander, Effertz had his fastball velocity fluctuate this spring but sat at 91-92 mph at his best. He locates his fastball and improved his curveball, but he'll need to watch his weight.
44 1341 Joe Pistorese LHP Flathead HS, Kalispell, Mont. Mont.
45 1371 Cory Farris OF Cumberland (Tenn.) Tenn.
46 1401 Mike Mancuso RHP Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS, Broadview Heights, Ohio Ohio
47 1431 Robert Llera C Hialeah (Fla.) HS Fla.
48 1461 Dontrell Rush OF Harlan Community HS, Chicago Ill.
49 1491 Zach Regier OF Gilbert (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
50 1521 Jack Graham 2B Seneca Valley HS, Harmony, Pa. Pa.