Draft Report Card
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Best Pro Debut: SS Andy Gonzalez (5) and OF Anthony Webster (15) were Rookie-level Arizona League all-stars. Gonzalez hit .323-5-30 with 13 steals, while Webster batted .307-0-30 with 18 swipes. LHP Tim Bittner (10) led the Rookie-level Appalachian League in victories, going 6-1, 1.10 with 53 strikeouts in 49 innings, and held his own in full-season Class A.
Best Athlete: Recruited by Southeastern Conference schools to play tailback, Webster has speed and gap power. Gonzalez, a high school basketball player, also is a good athlete and is more refined because he has more baseball experience than Webster. Some teams liked Gonzalez as a pitcher, and he threw in the low 90s last spring.
Best Hitter: Gonzalez. At 6-foot-3, he engenders some concern that he might outgrow shortstop yet lacks the power wanted out of a third baseman. But the White Sox believe hell hit and be able to stay at short.
Best Raw Power: C Charlie Lisk (24) hit five balls out of Turner Field during a predraft workout. He was a backup plan in case Chicago couldnt sign C Jonathan Zeringue (3), and thats exactly what happened. When Zeringue went to Louisiana State, Lisk signed for $390,000.
Fastest Runner: Webster can run the 60-yard dash in 6.55 seconds. Because he takes a big swing at the plate, hes a 4.2-second (average) runner from the left side of the plate to first base, a time that should improve once he cuts down his stroke.
Best Defensive Player: Lisk is an agile receiver with a strong arm. 2B Andrew Salvo (22) is the best defensive infielder out of the White Sox crop, and he also hit .295-3-34 with 14 steals at Rookie-level Bristol.
Best Fastball: RHP Wyatt Allen (1) threw 97 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and generally works at 93-94 mph. Junior college RHP Andrew Fryson (8) has a 91-95 mph with terrific life, while high school RHPs Kris Honel (1) and Brian Miller (20) can touch 94-95 mph.
Most Intriguing Background: 3B Josh Crede (48), the younger brother of Chicago third-base prospect Joe Crede, was a decent prospect as a high school sophomore. Last winter, Josh was involved in a car accident that left him in a coma. Hes still in the process of recovering and was able to play again as a senior. The Sox drafted Crede to give him a boost and to enhance his chances of getting a college offer. Lisk, who grew up near Charlotte, was a bullpen catcher for Chicagos Triple-A affiliate there in the summers before he signed. 3B Tim Husons (11) uncle Jeff is a former big league utilityman.
Closest To The Majors: Allen. The White Sox have made a habit of turning around pitchers who struggled in college, and Allen reduced his ERA from 6.30 last spring at Tennessee to 3.16 this summer in Class A. Bittner could be a sleeper, as hes a Tom Browning type who can jam hitters with his 87-mph fastball.
Best Late-Round Pick: Lisk and Miller. Miller was also a contingency draft, and Chicago found the money to sign him when it couldnt come to terms with OF Jay Mattox (4).
The One Who Got Away: Both Zeringue and Mattox are at Louisiana State. Zeringue is a four-tool catcher whose only weakness is receiving. Mattox is a raw athlete with tremendous speed.
Assessment: Yet again, the White Sox stocked up on power arms who produced positive results in their pro debuts. They also addressed a shortage of southpaw prospects with LHPs Ryan Wing (2), Jim Bullard (9) and Bittner. Drafting Miller and Lisk in the late rounds paid off.
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