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MLB Draft Day 2 Wrap Up

More and more and more pitchers. Heck, almost all the position players drafted are pitchers. Well, except for Carlos Rodon's catcher. Sneaky Rick. Very sneaky.


Day 2 continued where the White Sox left off with the Sox picking LHP Jace Fry.  The Sox followed up in the fourth round with their first position player of the draft -- C Brett Austin from NC State.  Yes, that's the same NC State as Carlos Rodon.  The Sox went back to the pitchers, even picking three position players, Louie Lechich, Jake Peter, and Jake Jarvis, who all were two-way players.

The other theme for the day is college players.  The Sox selected only one high schooler on the second day.  Here's a recap of the picks.

3rd round: Jace Fry, LHP, Oregon State

Fry missed most of the 2013 season at Oregon State after Tommy John surgery.  This season, he went 11-2 with 16 starts over 120 innings where he struck out 98 and walked 30.  The prior TJ surgery and his usage this year does bring a few concerns and his additional year of eligibility might effect some signability.  He was projected as a second or third rounder so start of the third round is pretty much the middle of that range.  Here's more about him from the Oregonian (h/t to Secret Chimp).

In three seasons with the Beavers, Fry, a 2014 All-American, has a 16-6 record and 2.16 ERA. Opponents are hitting .205 against him and he has struck out 153 in 216 1/3 innings over 35 games, 29 of which have been starts.

This is the second time Fry has been selected. He was taken in the ninth round by Oakland in the 2011 MLB Draft.

This season, Fry was projected to go in the second or third round.

"We like Jace, a unnamed scout told The Oregonian’s Connor Letourneau in the days before the draft. We’ll see how it all plays out. We’re in the process of lining him up with everyone else on the board. … I certainly know he can play. I’d love to have him. He’s a great competitor with great stuff. He has pretty good velocity, and he has a Major League out pitch with the slider. And he has the command to go with it. Guys who are left-handed with that kind of stuff are hard to find."

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4th Round: Brett Austin, C, NC State | Twitter

He's a switch-hitting, offense-first catcher that also happened to catch Carlos Rodon throughout college.  He hit .344/.414/.516 this season with a .377 BABIP to go along with that. The immediate comment by one of the commentators was that a switch to the outfield seemed like a good idea for Austin.  He was previously picked by the Padres as a supplemental first rounder in 2011.

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5th Round: Zach Thompson, RHP, University of Texas - Arlington | Twitter

Thompson is apparently "new to pitching".  He has a mid-90s fastball and three secondary pitches, but the fastball is a bit straight and all of the secondary pitches need some work.

Thomspon was previously picked by the Pirates in the 48th round in 2011.

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6th round: CF Louie Lechich, University of San Diego | Twitter

Lechich was drafted as a center fielder where he hit .342/.396/.542 in 53 games this season at USD. He was 3 for 7 in stolen base attempts.  That said, he is fairly athletic and has been recruited for football as well out of high school.

As a LHP, he was one of USD's top starters.  In 82.1 innings, he gave up 82 hits and 21 walks while striking out 50 with an ERA of 2.51.  The broadcast mentioned an upper 80s fastball.

Lechich is a senior and was previously a 42nd round pick by the Oakland A's in 2010.

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7th round: Jake Peter, SS, Creighton | Twitter

Peter has been a second baseman throughout his career at Creighton.  He does, however, have a pretty strong arm so that's probably why the Sox have him drafted him as a shortstop.

His arm is actually what has most teams interested in him.  He was a part-time reliever over the past two seasons, putting up just 22 innings of work.  It's also seen as his best path to the majors as he has a "a swing-and-miss fastball that sits at 92-94 mph and tops out at 96".

He also has "Heads Will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs his walk up music so that's a plus.

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8th round: John Ziznewski, SS, Long Island University - Brooklyn | Twitter

Ziznewski is a fifth year senior college shortstop with some pop in his bat, hitting nine home runs this spring.  As the discussion during the draft mentioned, he might have been drafted to sign below slot to save some money prior to the tenth round.

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9th round: Brian Clark, LHP, Kent State University

Clark spent the previous two seasons as a reliever, but converted to a starter this season.  He has a low 90s fastball and a slider.  He's also working on a changeup, so there is some development work here to bulk up his secondary offerings.

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10th round: Jake Jarvis, 2B, Klein Collins HS (TX) | Twitter

Jarvis is the last of our two way players for the day.  The White Sox drafted him as a second baseman, but the prospect video from MLB only shows him pitching.  He was committed to Texas A&M, but his Twitter account already says he's an infielder for the White Sox organization so signability doesn't appear to be an issue.  There's also some additional video on him at Perfect Game USA.