Here’s our spot to discuss the middle group of picks on Day 3 of the 2019 MLB draft. Today, most if not all of the picks in the 20s 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.
And finally, clicking 2019 MLB Draft on our page (click the link here, or for future reference, where it’s circled in the image below) gets you to all of our draft coverage, with the newest draft stories listed first.
Day 3 White Sox picks, Rounds 21-30
Round 21, Pick 620
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
After a quick break, the draft was back on and the Sox quickly took Chase Solesky. His first season at Tulane was unfortunately his best one. He was mostly a reliever though it seems like it was in a fireman’s role with 68 innings pitched in just 25 games. Solesky had a 3.84 ERA and though he did not show overly great command, it was a good start for a freshman. His sophomore year was a big drop off. He walked more batters than he struck out, and that helped lead to a 9.82 ERA. He was basically a starter for all of 2019, and he was closer to his freshman year statistics. His ERA was high, at 5.05, but he allowed the lowest WHIP (1.37) of his career and had the highest K/9 (8.78) of his career.
Here is also a quick note on a back injury Solesky had earlier in his career:
I wrote in February about Solesky and his return from a back issue he feared could end his career. https://t.co/0WyhW8t1BJ— Christopher Dabe (@cmdabe) June 5, 2019
Round 22, Pick 650
Mustang H.S. (Mustang, Okla.)
The White Sox are really drafting a boatload of prep prospects, which is nice to see for a change. Although he’s listed as a center fielder, he really projects more as a right fielder due to his size (6´4´´, 215 pounds). According to Prep Baseball Report, he’s got a great arm and throws 92 mph from the mound, and his speed is above average as he runs the 60-yard-dash in 6.65. Also, according to PBR, his exit velocity sits at 96 mph which is quite impressive. Glass is verbally committed to Kansas, so like most prep prospects, the White Sox would likely need to pay an over-slot bonus to pry him from the Jayhawks. If the outfield thing doesn’t work out, he could actually try auditioning as a pitcher—PBR also lists him with a 74-76 mph curveball and 78-81 mph changeup.
Not sure if the White Sox are going to have to go over-slot after all: Glass sounds like he can’t wait to get started.
Mustang's Logan Glass has been drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round (650th pick) as a center fielder. "It hasn't hit me yet," Glass said. "Yeah, I'm going." #okpreps #StangNation #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/XLjlJB4J8K— Brody Feldmann (@BFeldo14) June 5, 2019
Round 23, Pick 680
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Pauly Milto is another college senior pitcher selected by the White Sox. Amazing it took this long for the team to take its first Hoosier, though! His first two seasons at Indiana were mostly in relief, though Milto did transition into a starting role in his sophomore season. He seems to have really good command, especially since becoming a starter. Milto’s best season was his junior year, when he had a 2.05 ERA and was All-Big Ten. The past three seasons, Milto has had a BB/9 below 2.5 and this past season, his BB/9 plummeted to 1.57. That’s only 16 walks in 95 innings pitched. Meanwhile, Milto does not have overwhelming strikeout numbers, but they are satisfactory. His best K/9 came when he was mostly a reliever in his freshman season (maybe a sign of what he might be in pro ball) but he had a 8.91 K/9 this past season before the regional games. Milto did struggle in his regional against Illinois State, but he left the season with a 3.95 ERA.
Round 24, Pick 710
University of Oregon
Goldfarb has been a work in progress this year for the Ducks, as this is his only season of catching at the collegiate level. He’s a decent hitter as his .304/.407/.435 slash line this year attests, but he’s only clubbed 11 homers over his four-year career. However, att 6”2” and 210 pounds, he certainly has the build to contribute more power. His first three years with the Ducks were spent at first base and the outfield, and he acquitted himself just fine. He gunned down 33% of attempted basestealers, but did have six passed balls, which isn’t too surprising with trying the new position. He’s Oregon’s all-time leader in outfield assists with 12, and was named Honorable Mention in the All-Pac-12 Conference last year. Goldfarb, a fifth-year senior, missed the entire 2017 campaign due to a foot injury. He profiles as a reserve outfielder, first baseman and catcher at the professional level due to his lack of power and speed.
Round 25, Pick 740
Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
Hansen Butler is a fifth-year senior out of UNC who has only been a reliever. His freshman and sophomore seasons were lights-out at UNC, after firing a 3.38 ERA in his freshman season and 2.00 ERA his second year. He redshirted his 2017 season due to shoulder surgery, and did not do so well in his return in 2018. Butler’s ERA climbed to 6.52, and he only pitched in 9 2⁄3 innings. He has been much better this last season, with a 1.80 ERA, but he does have control issues. In 20 innings he walked 15, but he bailed himself out with 29 strikeouts and a .176 batting average against. He was not the closer for UNC but did make multiple late-inning appearances, with one save.
Round 26, Pick 770
Hope International University
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
To say Friedman is well-traveled is to say the sky is blue. His senior year was spent with Hope International University, which is located in Fullerton, Calif. He pitched for George Washington University, Ventura College and the University of San Diego in his previous three years. This year was spent as a starter, but posted an underwhelming 5.63 ERA. He’s bounced around throughout his career from reliever to starter, with inconsistent results to show for it. With George Washington as a freshman, he walked 27 hitters in just 26 innings. As a junior, he walked 19 in 34 for San Diego. He’s attained a 7.52 K/9 ratio which isn’t bad, but it seems his career trajectory may be as a long reliever at best.
Round 27, Pick 800
The son of former MLB catcher Keith Osik, Tyler Osik started out at a D-II school called Coker College and did not do so hot. He only hit .238 and just one home run. Osik then transferred to Chipola College. His 2016 was redshirted due to TJ surgery but he came out swinging in 2017. He hit .329 over the season and had five home runs. After his redshirt sophomore season, Osik transferred to Central Florida. Once there, his hitting numbers continued to be good, and obviously good enough to be drafted. Osik showed a bit more power his junior season but everything came together in 2019. He slashed .328/.406/.547 with 10 home runs and 22 total extra-base hits. He does strike out quite a bit already, a 21.8% K-rate in 2019, but Osik did walk in 10% of his at-bats. He has nine stolen bases this past season, so Osik may have some speed, but the power is what people should look at once he is signed and assigned.
Round 28, Pick 830
Hillsboro (Texas) H.S.
Wow — another great prep athlete! Trenkle is listed at 5´11´´ and 185 pounds, and runs the 60-yard-dash in 6.77 according to Perfect Game. He hits the ball well to all fields, and while he has played first base in high school, is projected to be an outfielder going forward. His throws from the outfield average 87 mph according to Perfect Game, so right field certainly couldn’t be out of the question. It would take an impressive over-slot bonus to pry Trenkle from his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State. Here are his impressive varsity stats this year:
28 G, 116 AB, 83 AB, .506/.638/.915, 46 R, 10 2B, 6 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBIs, 14-for-15 SB, 0 errors
Caeden Trenkle (2019 OF, Hillsboro, TX) showed off his speed with a blazing triple around the bases. The Oklahoma State commit has impressive bat speed and barrel control and showed his twitchy athleticism all day. Sunshine South Showcase— PG Showcases (@PGShowcases) June 2, 2018
Another one heading to the Windy City! Congrats to Kaleb Roper on being drafted by the Chicago White Sox! pic.twitter.com/cTNltyFu8X— Tulane Baseball (@GreenWaveBSB) June 5, 2019
Round 29, Pick 860
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
We started the 20s with a Blue Wave hurler, and now we’re wrapping them up with same. Kaleb Roper also had a bit of a college journey. He started out at the University of Arizona, but only pitched one inning. He then went San Jacinto, a junior college, and did very well. He had a 2.41 ERA and started 16 of his 17 games. He had an absurd 12.14 K/9 that season, but it did regulate when he returned to D-1 play. In both years at Tulane, Roper was a starter. His junior year looked slightly better, with a 4.48 ERA, but it was a bit of a wakeup call as his strikeouts were cut nearly in half. In 2019, his peripherals were better. He walked hitters at a career-low rate and his K/9 was back up to a more respectable 9.2.
Round 30, Pick 890
High Point University
Millwee, unlike the first two true catchers selected by the White Sox in this draft (Ivan Gonzalez and Victor Torres), is more of an offensive-minded catcher. This year he slashed .293/.374/.468 with eight homers, 35 RBIs, 25 walks and 35 strikeouts. He’s also athletic for a catcher, as he stole 10 bases this year. The senior does have his flaws defensively, as he gunned down only 16.4% of attempted basestealers and committed nine passed balls this season. He was named All-Big South catcher for 2018, but he may have the versatility to play other positions, like left field and first base, as well.
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)