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White Sox select SS Tim Anderson, P Tyler Danish with first two MLB Draft picks

The White Sox selected junior college shortstop Tim Anderson with the 17th pick in the draft on Thursday night. Anderson, from East Central (Miss.) J.C., was the second shortstop taken, but he was the guy the Sox wanted.

With their second choice, the Sox selected high school right-hander Tyler Danish of Durant (Fla.) High School, a hard-throwing, three-quarter delivery pitcher.

Anderson has very good speed, solid power, and good baseball instincts, Sox scouting director Doug Laumann said. He has been compared to Brandon Phillips or a faster version of Orlando Hudson.

High schooler J.P. Crawford was taken by the Phillies with the 16th selection.

“The guy we hoped we would get,’’ Laumann said. “He elevated himself and his stock throughout the season. As it got closer, we got nervous that maybe he wouldn’t be the guy but he was the guy we wanted.’’

Anderson missed much of his high school career playing basketball and was not drafted out of high school or after his first year of junior college. This year, he batted .495 with 10 homers, 11 triples, 18 doubles, 45 RBI and 62 runs scored.

“Dreams do come true, never give up,’’ Anderson said.

Lauman said one scout in the draft room projected Anderson as a No. 3 hitter.

“Tim is a very athletic player who, although we didn’t target a specific position, fits a need in the middle of the diamond,’’ Laumann said. “He is an exciting top-of-the-order type who is a game-changer with great ability to create offense at a key position on the field. We couldn’t be more happy.’’

Danish was thought to be leaning toward attending Florida, but if the Sox can lure him into signing, some scouts say it would be an exceptional pick at 55 despite his unorthodox mechanics. His delivery and slide-step toward home, coupled with 95-mph velocity and a hard slider, made him an inviting selection where the Sox picked him.

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