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Here’s our spot to discuss the tail end of Day 3 of the 2019 MLB draft. Today, most if not all of the picks in the 30s 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.
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, Rounds 31-40
Congrats to Connor Reich on being picked in the 31st round of the @MLBDraft by the @whitesox! His selection marks just the 2nd time in program history all 3 weekend starters were selected in the same draft (1992) #AllForTXST #RiseAbove #SunBeltBSB pic.twitter.com/kx8XnECQFN— TxStateBaseball (@TxStateBaseball) June 5, 2019
Round 31, Pick 920
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Connor Reich first committed to TCU and stayed there for a year, however, he was redshirted. He left TCU for Navarro College, where he was mostly a reliever, and where he also showed his above-average command. After just one season at Navarro, Reich transferred again, this time to Texas State, where he was mostly a starter for the last three years. In his return to D1, his command was a slight problem his first season, with 4.21 BB/9. He would improve that each of the next two seasons and greatly in 2019. He had a 3.96 ERA with in 86 innings pitched. He struck out 86 hitters and only walked 18. Though most peripherals were career bests, he allowed an oddly high number of homers at 1.15 per nine innings so the ERA was not a career best.
Congrats to @TxStateBaseball Nick Fraze, Jaylen Hubbard, Jaxon Williams & Connor Reich on being named to all-conference teams! Senior RHP Connor Reich has been named Sun Belt pitcher of the yr. and your head coach, Ty Harrington, has been named Sun Belt coach of the yr. pic.twitter.com/xorNHndh2Q— Texas State Bobcats (@TxStateBobcats) May 20, 2019
Round 32, Pick 950
University of San Francisco
Allen spent his first two years of college ball with Los Medanos Community College before transferring to San Francisco. Last year for the Dons, he slashed .308/.393/.480 with seven homers, 27 walks and 53 strikeouts. This year, it appears he’s sold out for the long ball, as his batting average fell to just .254 and his strikeouts increased to 260, which meant his strikeout rate worsened from 20.08% to 23.53%. However, his walk rate did improve from 10.23% to 13.33%, while his home runs jumped to 17. In 2017, Allen hit a homer every 32.43 at-bats; this year, he’s clubbed one every 12.29. He did steal 12 bases last year, although that amount’s dipped to three in 2019. He did don (rim shot) a good glove, as he committed just one error this year against six assists.
Round 33, Pick 980
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Left-Handed Starting Pitcher
Trey Jeans started his career in juco at Seminole State College where, well, he did poorly. He never had an ERA below 6.00 and even lost his spot in the rotation. He had big strikeout numbers, but his command was just never there. After his stint in junior college he enroleed at ULM and did much better. The walk problems persisted in 2018, but he was able to strike out at least a batter an inning, and his ERA improved to 5.20. The reason he seems to be getting drafted are the vast improvements during the 2019 year. His ERA fell to 3.76, not great but still a career best. He was not striking out as many batters as in previous years, but his walks fell a good amount to 4.29 BB/9 — again, not so great but an improvement nonetheless.
Round 34, Pick 1,110
Wentzville Liberty H.S. (Lake St. Louis, Mo.)
Krogman certainly may have drawn the interest of area scouts, as he played for the Chi-Town Cream last summer. According to Baseball Factory, “At the dish, he has a repeatable swing path and stays compact with the barrel. He sprays the ball to all fields and created fast bat speed with his smooth rhythm/timing.” Krogman has a good arm, but because he doesn’t have blazing speed (he runs the 60-yard-dash in 7.02 per Perfect Game), he may be relegated to the corners. He has performed on the mound in front of scouts and posted an 83 mph fastball, along with a 72-74 mph curveball and changeup according to Prep Baseball Report. However, it’s with the bat that his future will lie. At 5´11´´ and 180 pounds, he’s got the build and swing for projectable power; at present, his power is primarily on his pull side. He is verbally committed to Missouri State, so it would take an over-slot bonus to pry him away.
Round 35, Pick 1,140
Colleyville Heritage H.S. (Texas)
Cross your fingers for a Bryce Bush miracle, but odds are, this Logan Britt will not be signing with the Sox. He is a Texas A&M commit and seems to have huge tools, especially with the bat. He is 6´5´´ at 18, yes, at 18, and weighing in at 208 pounds. Here is what Perfect Game has to say: “has an elite level arm from the outfield, makes accurate on line throws with outstanding carry, smooth through the ball with a quick and clean release, classic right field tools. Right-handed hitter, big hand pump load effects his timing, has lots of raw bat speed, ball comes off the barrel hard and has big power when the timing and his long levers come together. How his hit tool develops will be the key to his future.” So, yeah, big bat. Hopefully the Sox can pull another Bush signing out of their hat.
Round 36, Pick 1,170
College of the Holy Cross
Left-Handed Starting Pitcher
Cronin’s four-year stint with Holy Cross was quite consistent, as aside from his sophomore campaign, his ERA ranged from 3.86 to 4.16. This year, he started 10 of his 15 outings and posted a 4.06 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 71 innings. In that span, he relinquished 78 hits and 31 walks. His career K/9 is a respectable 7.9, but his BB/9 is an unsightly 4.41 and he’s allowed more than a hit per inning. At best, he seems to be best suited for a long-relief/swingman role in the minors. He does have a solid build for starting (6´4´, 195 pounds). He was recently named to the First Team All-Patriot League.
Round 37, Pick 1,200
Garvin Alston, Jr.
University of South Carolina-Aiken
Left-Handed Relief Pitcher
If his name sounds familiar, it may be because his dad briefly pitched for the Colorado Rockies in 1996 and became a long-time pitching coach after retiring. Garvin, Jr. struggled badly for Arizona State during his sophomore and junior seasons. As a result, he transferred to USC-Aiken where his results have been decent, if unspectacular. Last year he posted a 4.30 ERA but his WHIP was an unsightly 1.87 due to walking 22 in just 23 innings. This year, his control wasn’t much better, as he walked 53 in 70 innings. He’s fanned nearly a batter per inning throughout his career, so he definitely has the stuff to succeed. For a little bit of irony, Alston was selected by the White Sox in this same 37th round four years ago as a prep star from Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix.
Round 38, Pick 1,230
Glendale Community College (Arizona)
Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
Flood didn’t pitch in any games this year for Glendale C.C., but he did enter four games in relief during the 2016-2017 season and did a credible job with a 3.60 ERA. Alas, he surrendered nine walks in his five innings of work. Arizona photographer Bill Mitchell reports that Flood was injured after May of this season, but pitched 10 innings overall in 2019, with a 7.20 ERA. He’s most notably the son of the Camelback Ranch clubhouse manager, Dan Flood.
Round 39, Pick 1,260
Actually, though low, this isn’t necessarily a throwaway pick. Lynn, a transfer from Hofstra, actually hit .326/.403/.497 last year for the Fighting Knights with 10 doubles and six homers over 187 at-bats. Unfortunately, the stats weren’t so kind for Archer in 2019, as he slashed just .233/.305/.333 with three homers. He posted a respectable, if unspectacular, sophomore season with Hofstra, slashing .271/.319/.353 with a homer and six stolen bases in 44 games.
Round 40, Pick 1,290
University of Maine
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Silva is the nephew of former major leaguer Alex Rodriguez. A native of Miami, Silva opted to pitch all four years of his college career in the much colder climes of Orono. This year, he posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 66 2⁄3 innings as he ceded 60 hits and 34 walks while fanning 54. For his career, he compiled a 5.44 ERA and 1.55 WHIP while posting 5.00 BB/9 and 8.50 K/9 strikeout rates. Silva would need to improve his command, as he does have the stuff to fan nearly a batter per inning, if he hopes to have any success going forward.
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)