With their second and third round picks surrendered for signing David Robertson and Melky Cabrera, the White Sox got back to their bread and butter -- picking college pitchers.
4th round - Zack Erwin, LHP, Clemson, Junior
Erwin is a big, 6'5" lefty. Unlike the typical big guy with elbows and knees flying everywhere, he has nice, smooth, repeatable mechanics. The downside of that is that he throws in the low 90s with a split/changeup. In 106⅔ innings, he walked 16 and struck out 92 with a 3.04 ERA.
5th round - Jordan Stephens, RHP, Rice, Senior
Stephens missed most of the 2014 college season after Tommy John surgery. His fastball runs 92-94 mph, but his curveball is his best pitch and is certainly a plus pitch. He started the season in relief to help rehab, and, in 59⅔, he stuck out 72 while walking 17. Even with the lighter load, he was still the Conference USA pitcher of the week twice this season. He also had a gallbladder removed during 2013, so hopefully this is the end of the medical issues for Stephens.
The video below is from 2013 but it gives you an idea of where Stephens might have gone in 2014 if he hadn't hurt his elbow. Also, filthy cureveballs ahead.
6th round - Corey Zangari, 1B, Carl Albert HS, OK
Zangari has been a catcher and pitcher, but the Sox have drafted him as a first baseman. Why? He can hit the ball a long way. He's also verbally committed Oklahoma State, but the White Sox have already talked to him about signing over slot. He appears to plan to sign with the Sox instead.
He also better be very thick skinned if he's going to bat flip like this.
7th round - Blake Hickman, RHP, Iowa, Junior
The White Sox go back to the college pitching well for Blake Hickman. Hickman is a former ACE Academy player that went onto Iowa as a catcher who converted to pitcher. He's still pretty raw, but seems to be someone the Sox are high on him as they thought he'd be gone long before the seventh round. In 84⅓ innings this season, he walked 42 and struck out 52 in his first full season as a pitcher.
Here's some video of him from last month. Those familiar with White Sox mechanics know that that "staying tall" adjustment is probably first on the list.
8th round - Casey Schroeder, C, Coastal Carolina, Junior
This is the third team in three years for Casy Schroeder. It's also the third time he's been drafted. Is third time the charm? Seems so.
Blessed to have the opportunity to be a member of this organization. This will be a day I never… https://t.co/bMlWieLKLn— Casey Schroeder (@CaseySchroeder) June 10, 2015
Seems so. What makes him so desirable besides being a switch-hitting catcher? Defense.
Over the course of the last year, Corbeil morphed Schroeder from a solid catcher into a stellar one. After throwing out 35 percent of attempted basestealers and allowing just one passed ball this spring, he was named the Suncoast Conference defensive player of the year.
He also hit .321 for Polk State College in 2014. For Coastal Carolina this season, he hit .230/.370/.500 with 13 home runs. He also scored 41 runs on 40 total hits.
9th round - Ryan Hinchley, LHP, UIC, Senior
Hinchley is a Chicago area product that ended up at UIC. He's been dealing with injury issues throughout his time there and only pitched in 15 games over his first three seasons.
This season, he walked 12 and struck out 13 in 10 innings of work. It appears his stats on the Baseball Cube are incorrect. According to UIC, he struck out 50 and walked 28 in 37 innings of work this season with ten saves.
10th round - Jackson Glines, CF, Michigan, Senior
Glines is former junior college player who transferred to Michigan. He's also already 23 years old. With the nickname "Glinedrives", he does appear to have a very advanced hit tool, having not hit below .332 in college. This season, he hit .349/.440/.492 and was a first team Big 10 player.