The Chicago White Sox continue with high-upside high school picks on Day 3 by taking Cameron Butler in the 15th round in the MLB Draft.
We’ve seen a lot of high school talent come off the board on the final day, as teams hope to maybe go a little over slot to keep a kid from going to college — it sounds bad when you say it like that. But that’s essentially what the White Sox are hoping by taking Big Valley Christian High School (Riverbank, Calif.) grad Cameron Butler.
They drafted him as an outfielder, but he ranks as the 107th best high school shortstop in the country and 500th overall, according to Perfect Game. The 6-foot right-handed hitter is committed to playing college baseball locally at Cal Poly.
He previously was named the Perfect Game Player of the Year for the state of California.
Congrats to @PBR_California Player of the Year & Super 60 participant, SS @CamButler7 of Big Valley Christian, selected by @whitesox in 15th round of the 2021 Draft. A player we got to know at ProCase 2020. Cam signed at @calpolystangs @prepbaseball @PBR_DraftHQ @CoachButler97 pic.twitter.com/JPBCTrrGMR— PBR Northern CA (@Clemmens_PBR) July 13, 2021
Here is a quick look at his swing.
⚾️ Player of the Year ⚾️— (@PBR_California) June 29, 2021
Your 2021 @PBR_California Player of the Year, presented by @bigleaguechew, is 2021 SS Cam Butler (@CamButler7) of Big Valley Christian
The @calpolystangs signee's season stats were eye-popping !@prepbaseball
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He’s been playing for the Walla Walla Sweets this summer in the West Coast League. There, he’s hitting .265 in 18 games with one home run, four walks, and a team-high 23 strikeouts. But, this is a league that is typically filled with college players, so he’s certainly going up against a lot older competition. In the last game he played for Walla Walla back on July 10, he was playing second base and batting sixth.
Butler is certainly an athletic, toolsy-looking kid that you can dream on. I have my doubts about whether the White Sox’s offer will be enticing enough to tempt him.