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White Sox Draft LHP Brooks Gosswein in the Fourth Round (124th overall)

The South Siders snagged a Bradley University lefty in the fourth round

The White Sox added another college arm in the fourth round.

With the 124th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Chicago White Sox took a chance on a college lefty from Bradley University in Brooks Gosswein.

According to the report from MLB Pipeline, the 6´2´´, left-handed pitcher has a lot of potential upside, but also comes with a ton of risk. That’s typically what you’re looking for in these rounds of the MLB draft.

He’s a local product out of Barrington, and was born in Chicago. Of course, he stayed at home for his college career, as well, with Bradley University in Peoria.

As a freshman in 2018 Gosswein posted a 3.41 ERA in 34 13 innings, with 24 strikeouts to 20 walks for a WHIP of 1.66. He moved primarily to the rotation in 2019 and had decent success with a 4.38 ERA in 63 23 innings with 51 strikeouts and a 1.35 WHIP, but he continued to struggle with the walks by issuing 36 free passes.

It was not a great start for him in 2020 before everything got shut down. And honestly, the numbers weren’t all that great in 2021, either, for somebody playing in a small conference.

Still, the White Sox took a chance on him because he can throw in the upper 90s and has a decent slider. That’s all of the tools you need to be a successful high-leverage reliever, which is where his future likely lies.

This also feels like a money-saving pick for the White Sox, who took a player who wasn’t ranked in MLB Pipeline’s top 250. The White Sox probably feel like they can sign Gosswein under the slot value of $460,000, to use some of the money saved for their higher picks or on a hail-mary lottery ticket in the late rounds.