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Here’s our spot to discuss Day 3 of the 2019 MLB draft. Today, most if not all of the picks will be located here in this story, although some of the tastier draft choices may still be broken out into their own features, as we’ve done with Rounds 1-10.
Today, we again have 2018 draft hero Darren Jackson back on coverage, and he and WSM will be alternating on profiles. Their incredible work yesterday allowed South Side Sox to have in-depth stories up within 15 minutes or so of every pick. Some other sites didn’t bother to profile any Day 2 picks, and no one else was doing so in real time.
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Day 3 White Sox picks
Round 11, Pick 320
International Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico)
Back to the high school ranks with this pick, but this time, outside the continental United States. He will be 19 in two months and stands 6´0´´ tall at 165 pounds. He is a commit to Northwest Florida State College. Perfect Game notes his “very quick actions defensively, gets out of his crouch very quickly, good arm strength from a lower release point, repeats his mechanics well, very interesting athletic tools.” It does seem like he still has a lot of development left with the bat, but at least he seems to be a good defensive catcher, which the Sox usually stay away from.
Round 12, Pick 350
Misael González Acosta
Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
Yet another selection from Puerto Rico, but this time from the Leadership Christian Academy. Not much information is available regarding González presently, but he is listed as a center fielder. He just turned 18 in late May and is listed at 5´11´´ and 180 pounds.
Round 13, Pick 380
Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL)
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Cooper Bradford is another college arm on the books for the White Sox. In Bradford’s case, however, he is eligible to return to school. He spent his first two seasons in a bit of a fireman’s role with North Florida and his first season was very successful. He had a 2.79 ERA with 53 Ks and 21 walks in 51 2⁄3 innings. His sophomore season was not as successful. The command got worse, and the ERA plummeted to 6.41. He then transferred to Florida Southern College where he became a full-time starting pitcher. In 80 2⁄3 innings, which is his career high by almost 30 innings, he had a 5.58 ERA but also a 9.93 K/9. He still has some command issues with 57 walks in those 80 2⁄3 innings but it was an overall improvement.
Round 14, Pick 410
University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
Yet another talented but currently flawed pitching prospect. Moore’s actually quite young for a college pick, as he won’t turn 21 until August. In 16 games including three starts this year, he posted an 8.15 ERA and 2.26 WHIP as he surrendered 17 hits and 23 walks in just 17 2⁄3 innings. He did strike out 22, so he must have quite an arm. He’s also got an imposing build, at 6´6´´ and 245 pounds. Unfortunately, his track record isn’t all that strong as his three-year totals with UALR are 7.95 ERA, 2.22 WHIP, and an unsightly 11.72 BB/9 ratio. Perhaps the development staff can fix him, or else he’ll end up being another Hunter Kiel.
Round 15, Pick 440
Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
Freeman is a reliever through and through, but definitely a raw one at that. For more on Freeman, check out our Wild Thing profile, broken out from the pack.
Round 16, Pick 470
(Damon) D.J. Gladney
Iliana Christian H.S. (Lansing, Ill.)
Gladney, a native of Matteson, Ill., is a versatile infielder who’s played shortstop, third base and second base throughout his varsity career. He’s got quite the projectable athletic build at 6´3´´, 194 pounds. According to Perfect Game, he has lots of power potential, a fluid swing and solid bat speed. He’s got decent speed (runs the 60-yard-dash in 6.81), has solid footwork in the middle infield, and has an accurate/above-average throwing arm. In the long run, as he matures, he’ll likely be a third baseman. Living not far south of Chicago, he may have the added bonus of being a White Sox fan. He is verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky University, so the Sox may have to pay him an over-slot bonus.
Round 17, Pick 500
(Jeremiah) Jerry Burke
Right-handed Starting Pitcher
Burke started out his career as a reliever and gradually worked his way into the Georgetown rotation. As a reliever his freshman year, nothing really went right For Burke, with an ERA a tick more than 10.00. He wasn’t able to strike out hitters often, and nearly walked a batter an inning. Last year was much better, as Burke boasted a 3.89 ERA as he basically split time as a starter and reliever. The command got dramatically better, but he still was not showing much of an out pitch. Last season, though the ERA went up to 4.66, Burke was a little bit better. He was a full-time starter, with 85 innings pitched and only 25 walks. This season though, he was able to strike out batters out with a 9.11 K/9.
Round 18, Pick 530
University of Tampa
Left-Handed Relief Pitcher
Like former Tampa player Laz Rivera, Peralta looks to be taking the circuitous route to the White Sox. He spent his freshman year with San Jacinto North C.C. in Houston, transferred to Palm Beach State College for his sophomore year, and then played for Division II powerhouse Tampa this year. He’s got the profile of a power-pitching southpaw specialist, as he fanned a whopping 65 hitters in 37 innings this year spanning 21 relief outings. He actually has a build at 6´2´´, 205 pounds that could be ideal for starting if he could develop a changeup to neutralize righthanders. Unfortunately, he surrendered 30 hits and 25 walks while posting a 5.59 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, so he obviously has struggled as well. It’s certainly worth a gamble, however, in the 18th round.
Round 19, Pick 560
Chipola College (Florida JC)
The first two-year junior college selection for the White Sox in this draft. Rivera started his amateur career at Miami-Dade College, where he slashed .318/.428/.465 with one home run. He then transferred over to Chipola College for his sophomore season. There he slashed .317/.410/.481 over the year with five homers. He seems to have decent plate discipline with good OBP numbers, as well as slightly striking out less than once a game. This past season he also stole 14-of-19 bases as well as hitting four triples, so he may bring a little speed with him.
Round 20, Pick 590
University of Virginia
Simmons draft stock has taken a tumble since last year, when he didn’t sign with the Texas Rangers after being drafted in the 15th round. He missed his entire junior season due to shoulder surgery but enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season as he slashed .352/.432/.563 with 14 doubles and nine homers. Unfortunately for Simmons, he only slashed .261/.369/.397 during his senior season. He is a decent athlete, as he was a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases this year, and he does have projectable power thanks to his 6´4´´, 200-pound build. He does project as a right fielder due to his size, and did have three assists.
Day 2 White Sox picks
Round 3, Pick 81 Andrew Dalquist, RHSP, Redondo Union H.S. (Calif.) (ranked 65th overall)
Round 4, Pick 110 James Beard, CF, Loyd Star H.S. (Miss.) (ranked 127th overall)
Round 5, Pick 140 Dan Metzdorf, LHP, Boston College (unranked)
Round 6, Pick 170 Avery Weems, LHP, University of Arizona (unranked)
Round 7, Pick 200 Karan Patel, LHP, University of Texas-San Antonio (unranked)
Round 8, Pick 230 Ivan González, C, West Virginia (unranked)
Round 9, Pick 260 Tyson Messer, RHRP, Campbell (unranked)
Round 10, Pick 290 Nate Pawelczyk, RHP, Winthrop (unranked)
The White Sox seemed to be getting some steals on guys ESPN’s Keith Law was high on, and we noticed:
Day 1 White Sox picks
Round 1, Pick 3 Andrew Vaughn, 1B, University of California-Berkeley (ranked third overall)
Round 2, Pick 45 Matthew Thompson, RHSP, Cypress Ranch H.S. (Texas) (ranked 69th overall)
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