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White Sox Take Theo Denlinger in the Seventh Round (215th overall)

The South Siders pick up a closer with a high strikeout rate

Proven closer: Theo Denlinger was a very reliable reliever for the Madison Mallards, and the White Sox hope he can be the same for them.

After starting out the draft with infielders in rounds one and two, the White Sox have now selected five consecutive pitchers. Theo Denlinger, a 6´3´´, 240-pound, right-handed relief pitcher, has been drafted by the White Sox.

Denlinger turned 25 on Saturday and is coming off of an excellent stint with the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League. In 17 innings with Madison this summer, Denlinger had a 1.06 ERA while posting an outstanding K/9 rate of 13.2. Denlinger’s control was not an issue, either, as he walked only 2.1 per nine innings with Madison.

Denlinger went to Bradley University in Peoria. At Bradley, Denlinger played for three seasons and had mixed results (4.30 ERA in 44 innings of relief). While control was not a concern in the Northwoods League, it was an issue at Bradley, as Denlinger posted a 5.5 BB per nine rate when he played there.

The slot value of selection No. 215 is $204,800. Congratulations to Denlinger on getting drafted, and best of luck to him as he enters the White Sox organization.