Chicago White Sox

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 23 Jared Mitchell OF Louisiana State La. $1,200,000
Mitchell wanted $1 million to give up football and sign out of high school, when he flashed first-round talent and dropped to the Twins in the 10th round because of signability. Three years later, he has put himself in position to go in the first round and receive that seven-figure bonus. Louisiana State football coach Les Miles gave Mitchell the spring off to focus on baseball, and the extra work has paid off. The best athlete in college baseball, Mitchell is an electric 6-foot, 192-pounder with plus-plus speed and power potential. He was hitting a career-high .325 entering the College World Series, and he has dramatically improved his plate discipline. He still strikes out a lot because he concentrates so much on taking pitches that he often falls behind in the count. His swing needs work too, as he'll have to spread out for more balance and use less of an uppercut in pro ball. Mitchell flies down the line from the left side and steals bases on sheer speed, and he'll be a terror once he gets better reads and jumps. He plays right field for Louisiana State but easily has enough range to move to center. His defense also needs refinement, as he tends to drift on fly balls. His arm is his lone below-average tool, but it will play fine in center field. A reserve wide receiver on the Tigers' 2007 national championship football team, Mitchell has a passion for baseball and is ready to give up the gridiron. He'll need more development time than most college players, but he also has the potential to become the next Carl Crawford.
1s 38 Josh Phegley C Indiana Ind. $858,600
No college catcher has done more at the plate over the last two seasons than Phegley, who has hit .400 with 32 homers. He ranked second in Division I with a .438 average as a sophomore and had 17 home runs this spring. Phegley packs a lot of strength in his 5-foot-11, 215-pound frame and has the patience to draw walks and wait for pitches he can drive. Scouts aren't sold on his future production or his defense, however. Some think his bat is a little slow, and he didn't look impressive with wood bats during Team USA tryouts last summer or Indiana's scout day last fall. He bats out of an exaggerated crouch, which makes it difficult for him to catch up to velocity at the top of the strike zone. Phegley bulked up after batting .232 without a homer as a freshman, and his thicker build has cost him defensively. He has plus arm strength but a slow release, leading to average results in shutting down the running game. He has caught 31 percent of basestealers over the last two years. He is a below-average receiver who has been exposed this spring by Eric Arnett's explosive fastball and Matt Bashore's breaking pitches. He does block balls well. Phegley profiles only as a catcher, so he'll have to improve behind the plate. Scouts do rave about his makeup and believe he'll put in the work to do so. Phegley should be the second college catcher drafted (after Boston College's Tony Sanchez) and go off the board before the end of the second round.
2 61 Trayce Thompson OF Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif. $625,000
Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, the former NBA star who played on several Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship clubs in the 1980s, and the bloodlines show. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder, Thompson has terrific bat speed, and his future power potential is exciting. He has a great frame that's both athletic and projectable, and his arm strength is impressive. The primary drawbacks are his instincts and feel for the game. He has the look of a player who is relatively new to baseball and is still learning the basics. He often hesitates in the outfield and won't attempt to throw out runners trying to advance, or will defer to other fielders on balls hit in the gaps. Thompson generates terrific bat speed, but his swing is long on the back end and his timing is affected by his habit of pulling out his front side too quickly. Thompson's selection in this draft would be made on potential alone. If he goes to UCLA, develops his skills and gains experience, he would likely be a much higher pick in 2012.
2 71 David Holmberg LHP Port Charlotte (Fla.) HS Fla. $514,000
Florida's recruiting class includes the nation's top two prep lefties in Holmberg, who led the state in strikeouts as a junior, and Patrick Schuster, who threw four no-hitters this spring. Holmberg is teammates with Ricky Knapp, the son of Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp, and the elder Knapp has helped Holmberg along the way with everything from conditioning drills to advice on the draft process. Thanks to his size and pro approach, Holmberg surpasses Schuster as the better pro prospect thanks. He's all of 6-foot-4 if not a bit taller and has a big frame, easily capable of carrying 225 pounds or so. His fastball has improved over the past year, sitting at 87-88 mph and at times hitting 90. His secondary stuff is his current calling card, and depending on the day he showed both a plus changeup and a curveball with 12-to-6 break and depth. Some scouts even like his slider better than his curveball, but the key is he throws all four for strikes. Holmberg was considered a difficult sign thanks to his Florida commitment, strong academic background and lack of present fastball velocity. However, he has the talent to go in the first five rounds to a team that believes his fastball will become an average-to-plus pitch.
3 102 Bryan Morgado LHP Tennessee Tenn.
A prominent recruit out of the Miami area, Morgado missed his freshman season after having had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 9, 2006. As he redshirted, coach Rod Delmonico, who recruited him (and several other Miami area players over the years) was fired. But Morgado stuck it out and stayed at Tennessee. Coming back from the surgery, Morgado struggled working as a starter and eventually moved to the bullpen. There Morgado's arm strength played up, though he still didn't dominate. His fastball, a 90-93 mph pitch as a starter, sat in the 92-95 range from the bullpen, and he ran it up to 97 against Louisiana State. He lacked the fastball command or even control to be pitch efficient and go deep into games as a starter, but his fastball control improved in short relief. Morgado's offspeed stuff, fringe-average with fringy control as a starter, played up out of the pen as well, as he threw more strikes with his power slider, an average pitch. He tends to pitch off emotion and needs to mature in that regard if he's to be anything more than a setup man as a pro. An eligible sophomore, Morgado was expected to be a reasonably easy sign as the Volunteers program looks to clean house after a miserable season.
4 133 Matt Heidenreich RHP Temescal Canyon HS, Lake Elsinore, Calif. Calif. $200,000
Tall and projectable at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Heidenreich fires a fastball in the high 80s and low 90s, and he reportedly has touched 95 mph. He's raw mechanically and his secondary offerings need substantial development
5 163 Kyle Bellamy RHP Miami Fla. $147,500
Bellamy was a first-team all-conference choice in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was a key reason that Miami--unranked in the preseason--overachieved and finished in the ACC's top five teams. The Hurricanes have a long history of tremendous relievers, dating back to the Ron Fraser era (Rick Raether was the MOP of the 1985 College World Series) and enhanced during Jim Morris' Miami tenure, from Danny Graves and Jay Tessmer to George Huguet and 2008 first-rounder Carlos Gutierrez. Bellamy could work out better than Tessmer and Huguet thanks to a heavy, sinking fastball that is his trademark. When he's fresh, Bellamy works at 88-91 mph; he loses velocity when he works on back-to-back days, sometimes dipping into the 84-87 range. Bellamy's success as a pro will hinge on improved fastball command and improved consistency with his frisbee slider, which lacks depth and power.
6 193 Justin Collop RHP Toledo Ohio $122,500
In a major upset, righthander Justin Collop moved past Kent State's Kyle Smith and Brad Stillings as the state's best pitching prospect--despite posting a career-worst 6.51 ERA as a junior. Collop, who came to Toledo on an academic scholarship, has seen his stuff steadily improve over the last three seasons. An athletic 6-foot-2, 177-pounder with a fast arm, he has three legitimate pitches when he's on. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph and touches 94, and his slider and splitter both have their moments. He lost the command of his secondary pitches in the second half of the season and got pounded.
7 223 Justin Jones LHP Oakdale (Calif.) HS Calif.
Jones has exceptionally promising secondary stuff, showing an excellent low-80s changeup and a sharp mid-70s curve. Lanky and projectable at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, he sits in the high 80s and can touch 92 with his fastball. Scouts are concerned with Jones' unusual and awkward delivery, which will need drastic refinement in pro ball.
8 253 Ryan Buch RHP Monmouth N.J. $105,000
Buch broke out in 2007, when he went 9-2, 2.44 as a freshman at Monmouth and ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League that summer. He's always had a prototype pitcher's frame and an excellent curveball, but his stock soared in April along with his velocity. Buch has reached the low 90s with his fastball since he was a freshman, and he has still pitched in that range for most of this spring. More recently he had run his fastball up to 95, sitting at 92-93. The velocity on his sharp, downer curveball has also spiked, reaching 84-85 mph. Even when he throws it slower--and some scouts report seeing a 74-77 breaker, while others have seen it at 81-82--it's still a true above-average offering. But when he throws it harder, it can rate as a 70 or better pitch on the 20-80 scouting scale. Buch is refining his fastball command, and he does not have a lot of feel for his changeup. But scouts can dream on him, and he seems likely to be drafted in the first two rounds in June.
9 283 Matt Hopps RHP Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif. $29,500
Hopps is 23 and will be 24 in October, making him one of the oldest players in the 2009 draft. In High School, the 6'5" 240 pound righthander was a pitcher, first baseman and middle linebacker on the football team. Hopps began his career at CS Dominguez Hills, a D-2 school, as a position player and was named CCAA freshman of the year in 2005. His 7 homers and 45 rbis were offset by 64 strikeouts in 55 games, prompting a move to the mound. Injuries forced him to redshirt in 2007, but Hopps has been a solid starter in 2008 and 2009. Big, intimidating and physical, Hopps has no qualms about throwing inside. In a game against UCSD this year, he drilled a former High School teammate with the first pitch. Hopps fires a low 90's fastball and low 70's to high 80's curve, but mechanics and command have always been his nemesis. Hopps may begin his pro career as a starter, but he should easily transition into a middle relief role.
10 313 Nick Ciolli OF Indiana State Ind. $90,000
Scouts don't love outfielder Nick Ciolli's set-up at the plate, as he's too spread out and has a long, funky swing. But he makes it work and batted .401/.431/.577 from the left side this spring. He has more gap power than home run pop, though, which could work against him as a corner outfielder in pro ball. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has solid speed and a fringy arm.
11 343 J.R. Ballinger RHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
The Golden Eagles' top prospect, eligible sophomore righthander J.R. Ballinger, has a smaller-than-ideal frame at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He has run his fastball up as high as 92 mph but pitches at 89-90, with a solid changeup. His out pitch is his curveball, a short spike in the upper 70s, and he keeps the ball in the ballpark, having yielded just two home runs.
12 373 Kyle Colligan OF Texas A&M Texas
13 403 Cameron Bayne RHP Concordia (Calif.) Calif.
14 433 Dan Black 1B Purdue Ind.
15 463 Dane Williams RHP Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fort Lauderdale Fla.
Williams has shown electric stuff to rival any prep pitcher in the country--in short bursts. He also has shown that he is recovered from a torn left ACL that he injured last fall, and his North Carolina State commitment didn't look like it would keep him from being perhaps the first Florida prep pitcher drafted. Williams had an electric debut in his first outing coming back from his knee injury in March, sitting in the 94-96 mph range for one inning, then flashing a power slider up to 83 mph to go with it. He's got a pro body at 6-foot-6 and has improved the life and velocity on his stuff since dropping his arm slot from straight over the top to a high three-quarters delivery. Williams settled into the low 90s when he started, losing velocity on his slider as well, but showed a little armside sink on the fastball at lower speeds. His biggest question marks revolve around his command of the fastball and ability to develop a changeup, which he hasn't needed as a prep. Williams was closing strong, throwing a no-hitter in the 4-A regional finals to help Archbishop McCarthy reach the state final four for the first time.
16 493 Daniel Wagner 2B Belmont Tenn.
17 523 Brian Goodwin OF Rocky Mount (N.C.) HS N.C.
One of the better athletes in the draft class, Goodwin was part of a strong North Carolina prep class. He has very good tools across the board but wasn't having a tremendous spring, and his signability was thrown into question when he became a client of Scott Boras Corp. Goodwin does a lot of things well and doesn't have a below-average future tool. His bat will be the question, because unlike players such as Donavan Tate or Dustin Ackley, he's just a good athlete, not a great one. Goodwin shined on the showcase circuit last summer, winning MVP of the Aflac All-American Game. The lefthanded hitter has above-average speed, and scouts generally grade him as average or above across the board, with the question coming with his power. Goodwin has present strength and a football body, which makes sense as he was an excellent kick returner in high school. A North Carolina signee, Goodwin could go in the supplemental first round or not until much later due to his college commitment and adviser.
18 553 Phil Negus RHP Wake Forest N.C.
19 583 Brady Shoemaker OF Indiana State Ind.
20 613 Nate Reed RHP Pittsburgh Pa.
Lefthander Nate Reed emerged as Pennsylvania's top prep prospect heading into the 2006 draft thanks largely to his arm strength and projection. But as one scout put it, he's been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in three years at Pittsburgh, and he was wildly inconsistent as a junior this spring, going 4-6, 6.21. On good days, Reed pitches downhill with an 89-92 mph fastball, flashes an average curveball and shows feel for a changeup. Other times, he works in the 86-88 range with a below-average curveball and struggles to get hitters out. As a 6-foot-3, 180-pound lefthander with arm strength, Reed could be drafted in the 10-to-12-round range, or he could slip and return to Pitt for his senior year. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball.
21 643 Jared McDonald SS Arizona State Ariz.
22 673 Zach Kayne SS Davidson N.C.
23 703 Goldy Simmons RHP San Diego State Calif.
24 733 Jeff Tezak 2B Nebraska Neb.
25 763 Mike Strong LHP Iowa Western JC Iowa
26 793 Matt Harughty 2B Oklahoma Okla.
27 823 Kyle Davis 2B Delaware Del.
28 853 Robby Cummings 3B UC Santa Barbara Calif.
29 883 Trey Delk RHP Clemson S.C.
30 913 Rob Vaughn C Kansas State Kan.
31 943 Ryan Hamme OF Campbell N.C.
32 973 Jake Wilson RHP New Mexico State N.M.
Senior righthander Jake Wilson isn't physically imposing at 6 feet and 170 pounds and he didn't have much success as a traditional pitcher at Laredo (Texas) CC, so when he followed coach Chase Tidwell to New Mexico State he knew he had to try something different. Tidwell dropped him down to a true sidearm delivery and Wilson ran with it, touching 93 from that slot with major tilt. His breaking ball is just good enough at this point, but the fastball has a lot of movement and Tidwell believes it will destroy wood bats.
33 1003 Chase Cooney RHP Volunteer State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
34 1033 Alex Farotto LHP South Carolina S.C.
35 1063 Danny Wiltz RHP Tennessee Tenn.
36 1093 Ryan Crowley LHP Morton West HS, Berwyn, Ill. Ill.
37 1123 Joe Serafin LHP Vermont Vt.
Vermont lefthander Joe Serafin has an outside chance to be drafted late or sign as a free agent after the draft. He had a mediocre season and doesn't have power stuff, but he could eat up some innings in the low minors. Serafin is not in great shape and his stuff went backward this year. He worked mostly in the mid-80s and showed a loopy, fringe-average curveball.
38 1153 A.J. Casario OF Maryland Md.
A.J. Casario batted .319/.409/.522 with 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases as Maryland's right fielder, and he has intriguing tools. He's a lefthanded hitter with an athletic frame. He's an average to slightly above-average runner, with an average arm. He is capable of playing all three outfield spots but profiles best in center. The bat is his big question. He flashes raw power and could hit for average if he cleans things up. He has a violent swing and doesn't have great pitch recognition, so he swings and misses a lot. The Dodgers drafted him in the 27th round in 2006 out of high school in New Jersey, where he was an all-state player who batted .561 with 10 home runs as a senior.
39 1183 Paul Burnside RHP Auburn Ala.
40 1213 Leighton Pangilinan 1B Escalon (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1243 Ryan Lee OF Cal Poly Calif.
42 1273 Chris Zagyi RHP Middlesex (N.J.) JC N.J.
43 1303 T.J. Williams 3B Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
44 1333 Taylor Thompson RHP Auburn Ala.
45 1363 Harold Baines Jr. OF McDaniel (Md.) Md.
46 1393 Grant Monroe RHP Northwest Florida State JC Fla.
47 1423 Jordan Yallen OF Golden Valley HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. Calif.
48 1453 Matthew Little LHP Bryan (Texas) HS Texas
49 1483 T.J. Geith LHP Scottsdale (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
50 1513 Kevin Chapman LHP Florida Fla.