More high Sox draft picks enter the fold
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 15, 2013 8:12PM
Updated: July 17, 2013 7:21AM
HOUSTON — The White Sox announced the signings of their top 11 draft picks Saturday, eight of whom are pitchers. They have 27 of the 40 picks under contract.
The only signing that had been announced was first-round shortstop Tim Anderson. The Sun-Times reported Wednesday that their top 10 were already in the fold, including second-rounder Tyler Danish, a high-school pitcher, for the slotted bonus of $1,001,800.
Anderson received the slotted $2.164 million as the 17th overall pick.
The third through 11th round signees, in order selected: Coastal Carolina center fielder Jacob May, TCU right-hander Andrew Mitchell, Spring (Texas) High School right-hander Thaddius Lowry, Cal State San Marcos right-hander James Dykstra, Jenks (Tulsa, Okla.) High School third baseman Trey Michalczewski, South Mountain CC left-hander Chris Freudenberg, Southern Polytechnic State right-hander Nick Blount, Ohio State right-hander Brad Goldberg and Bonita Vista (San Diego) High School right-hander Matthew Ball.
Danny Hayes (13th round, Oregon State) and Adam Engle (19th round, Louisville) can’t be signed while they are playing in the College World Series.
A’s for effort
Two errors by shortstop Alexei Ramirez on Friday that led to the two unearned runs that beat Chris Sale and the Sox returned some attention to the Sox’ struggling defense. Going into their game Saturday, the team ranked 13th in the AL with a .981 fielding percentage.
While saying those pivotal plays by Ramirez should have been made, the bad defense is not for a lack of trying or focus, manager Robin Ventura said.
“Absolutely not,’’ Ventura said. “There are going to be physical things that just happen in a game. For me, it’s not effort. They are working and doing the things you want them to do.”
De Aza returns
Alejandro De Aza was back in the lineup after missing a game with a stomach problem.