White Sox load up on pitching on second day of draft
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 7, 2013 10:36PM
A’s at SOX
The facts: 3:10 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Tommy Milone (6-5, 3.91 ERA) vs. John Danks (0-2, 5.06).
Updated: July 9, 2013 6:22AM
After taking a junior-college shortstop and high school pitcher with their first two picks Thursday, the White Sox loaded up on pitching in Rounds 3-10 on Friday.
The Sox selected six pitchers: Andrew Mitchell of Texas Christian, Thaddius Lowry of Spring (Texas) High School, James Dykstra of Cal State San Marcos, lefty Chris Freudenberg of South Mountain Community College (Arizona), Nick Blount of Southern Polytechnic State (Georgia) and Brad Goldberg of Ohio State.
With their first pick of the day, the Sox took center fielder Jacob May, a center fielder from Coastal Carolina, in the third round. May is the great nephew of former Sox Carlos May and the grandson of former Reds slugger Lee May.
Switch-hitting third baseman Trey Michalczewski of Jenks High School in Tulsa, Okla., projected by some as a third-rounder, slipped to the seventh round because of signability questions.
Tyler Danish of Durant High School in Brandon, Fla., who didn’t allow an earned run in 98 innings in one of the best high school conferences in Florida, was the Sox’ second-round pick late Thursday. The selection raised eyebrows because of Danish’s unorthodox mechanics, but scouting director Doug Laumann said his stuff was too good to look past.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever been as intrigued by a player since I’ve been in scouting,” Laumann said. “He has crazy, crazy sink.”
Sale gets burned
Pitching coach Don Cooper, filling in for Robin Ventura while the manager attended his daughter’s graduation, liked his chances of improving his career managerial record to 2-1 with ace Chris Sale (11-1, 1.82 ERA in previous 15 home starts) starting. However, Sale was burned by one pitch that yielded a grand slam to Josh Donaldson.
Sale thought it was a fly ball when it left Donaldson’s bat.
“It sucks,” Sale said. “It shows you how important one pitch can be in a ballgame.”
In the eighth, the Sox had two runners on and no outs, but Alexei Ramirez popped up a sacrifice-bunt attempt. Alex Rios and Adam Dunn also were retired.
“It seems like right now when we’re not going that good, anything than can go wrong seems to,’’ Cooper said.
The last word
Paul Konerko was rested Friday. When he heard Cooper joke that he could be used as a pinch runner, Konerko replied, “That will get you a [manager’s] job somewhere.”