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4 hours ago, Chicago White Sox said:

No he hasn’t, but I heard some speculation we would have taken Jo Adell instead of Burger if available.

That would have been really nice. Seems like the Sox have always come up short. Lot's of Plan B's past few years (Fulmer, Burger).

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9 hours ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

I think I just got mansplained.  :lolhitting

Just wanted to put the numbers into some perspective. Definitely better than not performing though, just saying it can't be really compared with the college guys.

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30 minutes ago, CWSpalehoseCWS said:

That would have been really nice. Seems like the Sox have always come up short. Lot's of Plan B's past few years (Fulmer, Burger).

I heard they were all set to take Stroman, but Hawkins unexpectedly fell to them

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46 minutes ago, dominik-keul@gmx.de said:

Just wanted to put the numbers into some perspective. Definitely better than not performing though, just saying it can't be really compared with the college guys.

I get it.  I don't scout stat lines but that one is ridiculous for any level of baseball. 

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57 minutes ago, fathom said:

I heard they were all set to take Stroman, but Hawkins unexpectedly fell to them

Oof

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Interesting name for the draft.

Also, re: Witt

What is kind of interesting is that they have Witt 4th on THE BOARD, so if he is solidly top 4 then there seems to be some separation between the top 4 and the others.

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How close is Lodolo (TCU LHP) to being in consideration for a Top 3-5 pick?

Another month of dominant starts and high/er velocity?

LHP to replace Rodon?

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11 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

I really like Lodolo but he's been way too inconsistent to pass up on a couple high ceiling HS SS's.  If he continues to pitch like this he could move into the top 10 but not the top 3. 

Yeah, I just don't see any pitcher rising enough to threaten top 3 unless some of the guys in the top tier fall off.

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Another interesting add to the 2019 class. He is ranked #14 on fangraphs 2020 draft board. So that is the #14 and #23 guys on the 2020 draft board who have been added to the 2019 class in the last two days.

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Since the White Sox love them some college bats, some blurbs from this week's draft stock watch from BA.

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Bryson Stott, SS, Nevada-Las Vegas

Stott has been the best performing college shortstop in a draft class where five or six entered the season with a legitimate shot to go in the first round. After 16 games played, Stott is hitting .362/.543/.793 with five home runs, three triples, six doubles and 22 walks to 13 strikeouts.

Last summer with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team there were concerns that Stott was too much of a slap-oriented hitter, and scouts questioned his impact ability and the offensive environment that Stott plays at in Las Vegas, where the ball travels well. Stott has exceeded expectations to this point and has hit for power to all fields and on the road at more difficult hitter parks, including two homers at Stanford and one at Fresno State.

At this point, Stott should be safely in the top-15 range of the draft. He has an impressive track record with both metal and wood bats at the college level, and he's a lefthanded-hitting shortstop with a chance to stick, defensively.

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Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

While Stott is still ahead at this point, there might not be a bigger riser in the country than Hunter Bishop at the college level.

Highly regarded out of high school thanks to an enticing package of tools that included 70-grade running ability and twitchy bat speed, Bishop made it to campus thanks to some concerns about his offensive approach. Those concerns proved valid, as Bishop struggled during his first two seasons in the Pac-12 and during both of his stints in the Cape Cod League during the summer.

He's finally figured it out this spring, though, and Bishop leads an Arizona State team that includes first baseman Spencer Torkelson in home runs, with eight. Bishop ranks fifth in the country in home runs per game and has hit six long balls in his last seven games, with a .414/.534/.948 slash line to go alongside 12 walks and 10 strikeouts. With plus running ability and a chance to stick in center field at the next level, Bishop's toolset and defensive profile should allow him to stand out in a class that lacks many high-end college center fielders.

Bishop is solidly in first-round consideration at this point.

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Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

Misner has hit .373/.529/.588 with 16 walks to eight strikeouts and three home runs through 14 games this season. He's done enough so far this year to vault himself into the upper-echelon of the first round, with names like Texas Tech third baseman Josh Jung and Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers. Staying healthy and showing his contact ability were the two items on Misner's to-do list this spring, and he's checked both of those boxes to this point.

With a large, 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, Misner likely fits best in a corner at the next level, though he is a good runner. He has more than enough power to profile at the position, with some scouts going as far as putting 70-grade raw power on him. That sort of juice out of a college performer in the Southeastern Conference typically does not last long in the draft.

Some other names too. But will leave the rest to subscribers.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2019-mlb-draft-stock-watch-pop-up-prospects-and-regional-risers/

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Fangraphs draft updates.

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Andrew Vaughn is now solidly No. 2 on the list and we’ve added a Top 100 ranking for him (52nd, just behind Mets 1B Peter Alonso). Vaughn has a little less raw power than Alonso, but the hit tool, frame, and defense are all superior, to go along with Vaughn being younger and also having comparable-to-better pitch selection. We still have Oregon State C Adley Rutschmansolidly at No. 1 and well ahead of Vaughn (Rutschman would be 17th on the top 100), but catchers’ development paths are notoriously non-linear, so there is a little more uncertainty with Rutschman.

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The second tier of college bats behind Rutschman, Vaughn, and Stott is coming into focus, with North Carolina LF Michael Busch and Texas Tech 3B Josh Jung holding their spots, UCLA 1B Michael Toglia falling dramatically, Baylor C Shea Langeliers breaking his hamate, and Missouri RF Kameron Misner joining Vanderbilt RF J.J. Bleday in taking their spots. Bleday and Misner both have the look of above average regulars, with Bleday having more hit tool and Misner with more raw power.

 

Much more at the link. Go read.

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/more-2019-draft-rankings-updates/

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RHP Drey Jameson was in FG's list of college pitchers who are moving quickly up the boards right now. They still only have him listed as #91 on their board, so quite a bit lower than Jim Callis who said Jameson could be a late 1st or 2nd RD type. Maybe he's continuing to project his rise.

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17 hours ago, DirtySox said:

Since the White Sox love them some college bats, some blurbs from this week's draft stock watch from BA.

Some other names too. But will leave the rest to subscribers.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2019-mlb-draft-stock-watch-pop-up-prospects-and-regional-risers/

I think at 3 I would prefer a guy with track record who did it all 3 years (like vaughn) and not a performance riser who figured it out this year.

College season is short and there always is a chance a single season performer was a bit fluky.

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On 3/11/2019 at 5:54 PM, CWSpalehoseCWS said:

That would have been really nice. Seems like the Sox have always come up short. Lot's of Plan B's past few years (Fulmer, Burger).

Benintendi right before Fulmer, Adell right before Burger, narrowly missing on Vlad Jr, narrowly missing on Luis Urias, trading Tatis... always coming up short indeed 

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1 hour ago, DirtySox said:

Weekly BA draft chat today. Link below if you have questions or want to follow.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/chat/?1552567292

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Alex (White Sox Fan): Thanks for chatting with us today. With Rutschman being the likely #1 pick, who do you think the White Sox end up going with at #3? With their history of college bats, would you still bet on Andrew Vaughn being the guy that Sox target? With him being so advanced, he also aligns with the Sox's competitive window opening up in 2020/2021.

Matt (Bay Area): Where do you think Andrew Vaughn goes off the board? Through 14 games this spring, he's on a hotter pace than even last year. Do you think he'll be there at #3 for the White Sox? I'm assuming the Sox would be ecstatic taking an extremely advanced college bat to hopefully plug into their lineup by 2021/2022.


Carlos Collazo: What went wrong with the White Sox offseason to have so many fans in hearing looking ahead to the draft??? Vaughn seems like a lock to go 1-3 and Chicago might be fortunate to see him get to them at this point. Go ahead and accelerate that ETA for him, btw. He could be the quickest moving player in this draft class.

 

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23 hours ago, Jose Abreu said:

Benintendi right before Fulmer, Adell right before Burger, narrowly missing on Vlad Jr, narrowly missing on Luis Urias, trading Tatis... always coming up short indeed 

I don't recall this at all. I know they were interested but I mean come on, sox could have easily picked that year to go way over and get a tremendous player and they picked their quantity route. 

In their defense, they picked the other incredible player in that class then traded him away.

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42 minutes ago, DirtySox said:

Carlos Collazo: What went wrong with the White Sox offseason to have so many fans in hearing looking ahead to the draft??? Vaughn seems like a lock to go 1-3 and Chicago might be fortunate to see him get to them at this point. Go ahead and accelerate that ETA for him, btw. He could be the quickest moving player in this draft class.

Everything. Just, everything.

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I've always wondered how they let Tatis be part of that deal.  Did they get out scouted or did they simply not listen to their scouts?  Neither is a good answer but if they didn't listen to their scouts that's a serious organizational problem. 

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Henry has a one piece arm action (poor external rotation) that puts a lot of stress on the shoulder and could lead to major problems down the road.  He's throwing it really well now but that arm action is a red flag for a lot of teams.

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1 hour ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

Henry has a one piece arm action (poor external rotation) that puts a lot of stress on the shoulder and could lead to major problems down the road.  He's throwing it really well now but that arm action is a red flag for a lot of teams.

He'll fit right in here.

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