White Sox agree to terms with top 10 draft picks — sources
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 12, 2013 11:58AM
Updated: June 12, 2013 3:59PM
The designated catcher for Tim Anderson should look for something off-speed from the White Sox first-round draft pick on Wednesday night.
Anderson, who is expected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field, tweeted “I’m Gone Throw A Slider When I Throw The First Pitch at the sox game Wednesday.”
The Sox have reached agreements with their first 10 picks, according to sources. A shortstop from East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., Anderson is the top prize under wraps. He flew to Chicago today for a physical, the final step in making his agreement official.
The Sox historically have their top pick throw out the first pitch as soon as the signing becomes official, and Wednesday’s game is the last before they hit the road for a three-city trip in Houston, Minneapolis and Kansas City.
Anderson’s slotted draft value is $2.16 million. He was taken with the 17th overall pick.
Right-hander Tyler Danish, a high school pitcher from Durant, Florida, will pass on a scholarship offer from Florida and sign with the Sox as well. Danish was named Player of the Year in Florida after allowing no earned runs this season.
Danish is expected in Chicago this weekend and said he will leave for Bristol, Va., to join the Sox’ rookie ball team in the Appalachian League.
Chris Sale, who catches most ceremonial first pitches, is the Sox starting pitcher Wednesday.