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White Sox Take Outfielder Cameron Butler in the 15th Round (455th overall)

The South Siders continued their trend of selecting high-upside high schoolers on Day 3.


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.

Here is a quick look at his swing.

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.