White Sox sign 9 of first 10 picks, but not Carlos Rodon
BY Daryl Van Schouwen Staff Reporter June 11, 2014 10:39PM
Updated: June 12, 2014 12:21AM
With the exception of No. 3 overall pick Carlos Rodon, the White Sox have agreed to terms with nine of their first 10 selections in the draft.
Second-round high school right-hander Spencer Adams and third-round left-hander Jace Fry of Oregon State top the list. Rodon’s catcher at North Carolina State, Brett Austin, also is among 28 of the Sox’ 40 picks in the fold.
Adams, a three-sport athlete, was one of only two high school pitchers — along with 14th-round right-hander Bryce Montes de Oca — taken by the Sox.
“Spencer Adams in the second round — a high-ceiling high school kid who a lot of people thought would be gone in the first round — was a nice follow-up [to Rodon],’’ general manager Rick Hahn said. “The kid Fry was the Pac-12 pitcher of the year and is a polished left-handed starter who potentially could come quick, as well.’’
Fry had Tommy John surgery in 2012 but was healthy in 2014.
“There’s a lot of other guys of note that we were pleased to get, but I think those first three really set a great tone there,” Hahn said.
Olympic skater gets opportunity
The Sox are taking a flier on Eddy Alvarez, the first Cuban-American male speed skater to perform in the Olympics. A standout shortstop in high school and junior college, the 24-year-old won a silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
A native of Miami, Alvarez walked on to the Salt Lake Community College baseball team and batted .303 after failing to make the Olympics in 2010.
“It was the first time I’d picked up a bat and ball in three years, and it turned out to be a breakout season for me,” he told People magazine. “I was named to the all-conference team and nominated for All-American.”
Alvarez is already getting situated at the Sox’ facility in Glendale, Ariz.
Rienzo skipped over, adjusts
Andre Rienzo, who has allowed 10 earned runs over his last two starts, covering only seven innings, was pushed back four days because of the rainout Tuesday. Rienzo (4-3, 5.25 ERA) has struggled with command of his curveball, and he said he’s working at finding a more consistent release point.
Getting into the spirit of the World Cup, which begins Thursday, Rienzo, one of two Brazilian-born players in the majors, toyed with a soccer ball with Jose Quintana on the field before the game. Cuban Alexei Ramirez has Argentina in a bet with Rienzo, with the loser (whichever team gets eliminated first) having to be photographed in the winner’s jersey.
“I hope Brazil wins because if I get a picture with Argentina, people will kill me,” Rienzo said. “It’s huge in Brazil right now. It’s a party, and people like it, and people want to go and see the games happen. I hope Brazil wins.”
Shawn Hill acquired
The Sox acquired minor-league right-hander Shawn Hill from the Blue Jays for cash. Hill, 33, who had a 4.85 ERA in six games, including four starts, for Class AAA Buffalo, was assigned to Class AAA Charlotte. He has pitched in 45 games over parts of seven major-league seasons, including his first year as a rookie with the Expos in 2004.