Chicago White Sox

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 13 Chris Sale LHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla. $1,656,000
An unsigned 21st-round pick of the Rockies out of high school, Sale has developed well at Florida Gulf Coast and gives the program a first-round pick in its first year as a full Division I member. He was hardly good enough as a freshman to get any innings but survived in a relief role thanks to his changeup, which he has always been able to throw for strikes. His velocity jumped in the summer after his freshman season, when he lowered his arm angle to low three-quarters. The switch gave his fastball and change outstanding late life, and he started hitting 90-plus on radar guns. He shined in 2009 showdowns against supplemental first-rounders Rex Brothers and Kyle Heckathorn, then broke into the big time by earning No. 1 prospect status in the Cape Cod League last summer. As a junior, Sale consistently has delivered for scouts, leading the nation with 114 strikeouts while showing excellent fastball command (12 walks in 83 innings). Sale's changeup grades as plus like his fastball, and his slider is a solid-average pitch that's effective against lefthanded hitters. With his low slot, Sale can get on the side of all his pitches, especially his slider, at times leaving them up in the zone. Some scouts are concerned about his durability, due to both his frame (he lost five to seven pounds off his 6-foot-6, 180-pound listed frame due to a bout of food poisoning in May) and upside-down takeaway at the beginning of his arm stroke. But his arm is quick, and Sale repeats his mechanics, as evidenced by his command.
2 63 Jake Petricka RHP Indiana State Ind. $540,000
Petricka may have had more helium than any player a month before the draft, with his stock rising so rapidly that it could have carried him into the first round. He cooled off by season's end, and now figures to go in the sandwich or second round. He began his college career at Iowa Western CC, where he sat out 2007 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and mostly pitched in the high 80s. He touched 94 early in the 2009 season after transferring to Indiana State, but didn't hold that velocity and ultimately turned down the Yankees, who took him in the 34th round as a draft-eligible sophomore. Petricka was on follow lists for 2010, and early in the season he was nothing special, sitting at 90 mph and featuring a soft curveball. Starting in mid-April, he made a quantum leap and began pitching at 92-94 mph and reaching 98 with his fastball, holding his velocity deep into games. His breaking ball now has some power to it and grades as a solid-average pitch. Scouts have noted that the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder is doing a much better job of using his legs and finishing his delivery.
3 95 Addison Reed RHP San Diego State Calif. $358,200
As San Diego State's closer last year, Reed led the nation with 20 saves. He often entered games after a fellow named Strasburg had finished his work for the day. Hitters who were overjoyed to see Strasburg leave--and who thought they would have a party when Reed came in--were severely disappointed. In 2010, Reed has made a seamless transition as the Aztecs' Friday starter, going 8-1, 2.07 with 77 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 65 innings. Opponents were hitting .197 off the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Reed, who delivers a 91-92 mph fastball that can peak at 93-94. Reed does an excellent job of moving the pitch around the strike zone--in, out, up, down. He adds an effective two-plane curveball, which he can use to saw off either edge of the plate. One scout said of Reed, "He doesn't have the best stuff in the world, but he's having a good year and knows how to get guys out." As a pro, Reed will get a chance to start, but his bullpen experience will serve him well if he fails in that role.
3s 114 Thomas Royse RHP Louisville Ky. $263,500
Royse had just started to roll as a weekend starter in 2009, sandwiching a pair of 10-strikeout efforts around eight shutout innings against Pittsburgh, when a compression fracture in his lower back brought his sophomore season to a halt. He has picked up where he left off, becoming Louisville's Friday-night starter this season. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has been healthy all spring and the Cardinals won all but one of his 15 starts entering regional play. Scouts have mixed opinions about Royse. Those who like him point to the 90-93 mph fastball he throws on a steep downward plane, his ability to cut and sink the ball in on the hands of lefthanders and his tight slider. Others say his velocity drops to 87-89 mph after a few innings and see the slider as a fringy pitch. He does a good job of throwing strikes and has the makings of a changeup. Undrafted out of a Kentucky high school three years ago when he turned down six-figure overtures from pro clubs, Royse should go in the fourth to sixth round this time around.
4 128 Matt Grimes RHP Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga. Ga.
Another player with Top 200 talent who was on the rise, Grimes has a Georgia Tech baseball commitment and a projectable 6-foot-5 body. Some scouts question how much weight Grimes will add to his skinny frame, but with his long levers he generates intriguing fastball velocity. He sits at 89-91 mph but touches 93-94, with the ability to throw downhill, and has improved his breaking ball, which he throws with power and tilt in the upper 70s at his best. Grimes' detractors consider him a tough sign away from Tech and worry about the life on his fastball. He does have a clean arm and good mechanics after toning down a slight head jerk.
5 158 Andy Wilkins 1B Arkansas Ark. $195,000
First baseman Andy Wilkins offers lefthanded power and has hit 42 homers in three seasons at Arkansas. A lot of scouts question how well the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's pop will play with wood bats, however. He hit just .232 with two homers in 24 games while using wood with Team USA last summer, and was batting just .274 with metal entering NCAA regional play. He has a deep load in his swing that makes it hard for him to turn on quality pitching. He's a well-below-average runner, but he has improved defensively and does a decent job at first base. A team that really believes in his power could go get him in the third round, but the consensus would place him somewhere between the seventh and 10th.
6 188 Rangel Ravelo 3B Hialeah (Fla.) HS Fla. $125,000
Ravelo has good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and a strong body. The Cuban emigre played shortstop in high school but was expected to move to third as a pro, and he has the agility and average power potential to make the move possible. His bat speed is fair but he has a knack for making contact and getting the most out of all his tools, including fringy arm strength and below-average speed. He's a Florida International recruit and played with fellow FIU recruit Manny Machado in summer ball.
7 218 Tyler Saladino SS Oral Roberts Okla. $115,000
A 36th-round pick of the Astros out of Palomar (Calif.) JC last year, Tyler Saladino was the Summit League player of the year in his first season at Oral Roberts. The 6-foot, 185-pounder is a flashy athlete who covers a lot of ground at shortstop and makes plays with his strong arm. He offers bat speed and gap power as well, though he needs to make more consistent contact.
8 248 Joe Terry 2B Cerritos (Calif.) JC Calif.
The state's best junior-college position player prospect is Cerritos second baseman Terry, a Cal State Fullerton recruit and unsigned 17th round pick of the Mariners in 2009. As a freshman at at Long Beach Poly High in 2005, Terry was a teammate of DeSean Jackson, a two-sport standout who is now a star wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles. Terry is not as fast as Jackson--who is?--but while the rap on Jackson as a baseball player was that he couldn't hit, that's not a problem Terry faces. A lefthanded hitter, he displays an exceptionally quick bat and the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields. An above-average runner with 6.7 speed, Terry is an aggressive baserunner with a knack for stealing bases and taking the extra bag. Defensively, Terry's arm is comfortably suited for second base. His fielding is a bit unrefined, but with experience his glove grades out to big league average. Early in the 2010 season, Terry missed time with a shoulder injury but returned to action in the middle of April. A healthy Terry profiles as an athletic and speedy second baseman, with the ability to hit, create headaches on the bases and play adequate defense.
9 278 Kevin Moran RHP Boston College Mass. $87,500
Moran, a righthander, started the spring in BC's rotation, but when he got off to a rough start he was sent to the bullpen, where he showed signs of turning the corner. Moran has huge arm strength; he flashed 93-95 mph heat and a plus slider on scout day last fall and in the Cape League last summer, and he has topped out around 93 this spring. But he's still a thrower more than a pitcher, and he lacks command and control, as evidenced by his line: 7-5, 8.55 with 28 strikeouts and 38 walks in 46 innings. Moran is almost too intense for his own good and must improve his mound presence. In the Cape, scouts reported seeing him yell at hitters in the batter's box. Moran dabbles with a curveball and has some feel for a changeup, but both pitches are inconsistent. He has an athletic 6-foot-4, 209-pound frame and some upside, but he's a work in progress.
10 308 Ross Wilson 2B Alabama Ala. $115,000
Wilson, a two-time Preseason All-American, broke down physically at the end of last season, didn't make USA Baseball's college national team and wound up taking the summer off. He never got rolling in 2010, with a hairline fracture in his hand interrupting the season and costing him five games. A former prep quarterback who was featured on MTV's "Two-A-Days" reality show, Wilson hit just .259/.381/.413 and may have to be a senior sign.
11 338 James McDonald SS Chaparral HS, Phoenix Ariz.
12 368 Drew Lee SS Morehead State Ky.
13 398 Ethan Icard RHP Wilkes (N.C.) JC N.C.
14 428 Mike Blanke C Tampa Fla.
Physical catcher/first baseman Mike Blanke likely will be the first Spartans position-player picked, though his defense lags behind his solid bat.
15 458 Sean O'Connell C Chatsworth (Calif.) HS Calif.
16 488 Stephen McCray RHP Tennessee Tenn.
17 518 Mike Schwartz 1B Tampa Fla.
18 548 Randall Thorpe OF San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
19 578 Doug Murray RHP San Francisco Calif.
San Francisco has more draft-eligible prospects than any other NorCal college team. Righthander Murray is one of the more interesting college senior pitching prospects. He is highly competitive with tremendous baseball makeup and has won 17 games in his two seasons since transferring from junior college. Murray pitches from a low three-quarters slot and is a strike-throwing, groundball machine, with a mid- to upper 80s fastball and late-biting slider. He is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and pounds the strike zone, having walked just 29 in 186 Division I innings.
20 608 Jose Ramos C Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
21 638 Tyler Jones RHP Madison (Wis.) JC Wis.
Righthander Jones was the ace of the Madison JC team that advanced to the Division II Junior College World Series for the first time since 2005. He has a good body (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) and curveball, and he'll show a 90 mph fastball in the early innings. His velocity drops off quickly, so he'll either have to get stronger or move to the bullpen in pro ball.
22 668 Ozney Guillen OF Pace HS, Opa Locka, Fla. Fla.
23 698 Austin Evans RHP Tampa Fla.
24 728 Jordan Keegan OF JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
25 758 Ethan Wilson SS Indiana Ind.
26 788 Kevin Rath LHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
27 818 Pete Gehle LHP Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
28 848 Thomas Windle LHP Osseo (Minn.) HS Minn.
29 878 Michael Earley OF Indiana Ind.
30 908 Kylin Turnbull LHP Santa Barbara (Calif.) JC Calif.
31 938 Robert Young LHP Dartmouth N.H.
Young, a lefthander, has put up lackluster numbers, going 3-5, 6.79 with 38 strikeouts and 11 walks in 58 innings, but he has a chance to be a late senior sign. Young's older brother Russell was the 2008 Ivy League pitcher of the year for the Big Green and was drafted in the 28th round by the Indians. Young's 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame is durable but maxed out. He throws strikes with a below-average fastball in the 87-90 mph range with a bit of run, an inconsistent curveball and an average changeup that is his go-to pitch against both righties and lefties.
32 968 Jarrett Casey LHP Northern Kentucky Ky.
33 998 Jamaal Hollis RHP Miami (Ohio) Ohio
34 1028 Dusty Harvard OF Oklahoma State Okla.
35 1058 John Spatola OF Boston College Mass.
Spatola has had a fine season in the middle of BC's order, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 12 bases, but he lacks a carrying tool for a corner outfielder. He has bat speed, but scouts question whether his approach will play at the next level. He crouches down in his stance with his weight on his back foot and his front leg at an awkward angle, and he cheats to hit good fastballs.
36 1088 Ben Griset LHP Gustine (Calif.) HS Calif.
Lefthander Griset is an interesting prospect in the Central Valley, at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with one of the better curveballs in the state. He has a high overhand slot and a quick arm. His fastball is 86-88 mph, but it is the steep, tight spinning, hard biting curveball that has scouts on him. He has committed to St. Mary's.
37 1118 Chris Lee LHP Robinson HS, Tampa Fla.
38 1148 Brad Salgado SS Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif. Calif. $125,000
39 1178 Levi Schlick LHP Barton County (Kan.) JC Kan.
Schlick is an athletic 6-foot-6 lefthander who reaches the low 90s with his fastball and can command his slider to both sides of the plate.
40 1208 Conrad Gregor OF Carmel (Ind.) HS Ind.
Outfielder/first baseman Gregor has an intriguing bat, but he's strongly committed to Vanderbilt. He has a great body at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, and the swing, bat speed and strength to hit for power and average from the left side of the plate. Though he's an average runner, Gregor is awkward in the field and has a below-average arm. His hands and feet are a liability at first base, so he fits better in left field.
41 1238 Sam Phippen RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
42 1268 Brett Bruening RHP Texas Tech Texas
43 1298 Luke Irvine RHP Northwestern State La.
Righthander Luke Irvine made an immediate impact at Northwestern State after transferring from Maple Woods (Mo.) CC, going 7-4, 2.91 with 104 strikeouts in 93 innings. He can touch 93-94 mph with his fastball, but scouts aren't in love with his body (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) or his secondary pitches. He projects more as a reliever once he turns pro.
44 1328 Matt Chavez RHP San Francisco Calif.
45 1358 Ronald Cotton OF Boone County HS, Florence, Ky. Ky.
46 1388 Ronzelle Fort LHP Harlan HS, Chicago Ill.
47 1418 Matt Reida 2B Western HS, Russiaville, Ind. Ind.
48 1448 Audry Santana 2B Mariner HS, Cape Coral, Fla. Fla.
49 1478 Pat Schatz RHP Iowa Iowa
50 1508 David Vazquez 2B Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla.