White Sox Draft Report Card

After striking gold with '08 draftees Gordon Beckham and Daniel Hudson, the White Sox were ecstatic to get Mitchell and his top-shelf tools so low in the first round. A hitter-heavy crop will become well rounded if college enigmas such as Buch and Thompson work out.
BEST PURE HITTER:: OF Nick Ciolli (10) has the pretty swing path scouts look for, and his other tools are solid. He batted .317 at Rookie-level Great Falls. >> BEST POWER HITTER:: C Josh Phegley (2) slugged 32 homers in his last two seasons at Indiana, then hit nine after signing at low Class A Kannapolis. He has adjustments to make receiving and in his stance, but the raw hitting and power tools are there. >> FASTEST RUNNER:: OF Jared Mitchell (1) has electric athleticism and is a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Mitchell played mostly right field at Louisiana State, despite his below-average arm. His speed and arm should play better in center.
BEST FASTBALL: RHP Ryan Buch (8) was inconsistent all spring and in the summer after signing, but his fastball touched 97 mph in instructional league in short stints. RHP Taylor Thompson (44) pumps his heavy sinker in the 91-93 mph range, and RHP Kyle Bellamy (5) has plus life, sink and command of his upper-80s fastball from a submarine slot.  >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Buch's curve can also be a plus pitch when he repeats his mechanics. LHP David Holmberg (2) has average velocity and a big body that might be maxed out physically, but he throws stikes and has good feel for a change and a plus curveball he commands well.
BEST PRO DEBUT: Ciolli, whose batting average led the entire organization. Also, OF Brady Shoemaker (19) finished the year hitting 3-for-29 in Triple-A after a .351/.426/.585 performance at Rookie-level Bristol, which included nine home runs and 21 doubles. Mitchell started strong at Kannapolis, batting .296/.417/.435. Bellamy posted a 32/2 K/BB ratio and 1.23 ERA in 22 innings, mostly at Kannapolis. >> BEST ATHLETE:  Mitchell. OF Trayce Thompson (2) has an athletic, projectable 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:: Thompson is the son of former NBA center Mychal Thompson. Mitchell was a punt returner and wide receiver for LSU in football and won national titles both in baseball and football. The father of OF Harold Baines Jr. (45) had his number retired by the White Sox and was a six-time all-star who was the No. 1 overall pick in 1977. Unsigned RHP Grant Monroe (46) is the son of longtime Sox scout/adviser Larry. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Bellamy could get to Chicago next year if he continues to succeed and there's a big league need. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Thompson, who had a 6.65 ERA in 154 innings at Auburn. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: After trading LHPs Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda to the Padres, the White Sox really wanted LHP Bryan Morgado (3), an eligible sophomore who shined in the Cape Cod League this summer, but they couldn't make it work.