Cannon is the No. 60 overall MLB prospect and was the top college pitcher left on the board after Day 1 of the draft (Baseball America had him as the second-best pitching prospect, and player, heading into Day 2). His fastball runs 92-96 mph and is has great, almost superhuman control. The MLB Network panel dubbed him simply, “a strike thrower.”
Cannon is regarded as more of a floor than ceiling sort of prospect, but given the first two pitcher selections the White Sox made, a return to earth makes some sense (as if getting the No. 60 talent at 101 isn’t still a nice coup). But along with the floor/ceiling assessment comes the notion that Cannon could move quickly through the White Sox system.
White Sox landing Jonathan Cannon at pick 101 is big-time value. See him on the right day and he looks like a first-rounder. Big and athletic, life on the fastball into the mid-90s, feel to spin the slider and cutter, also a good changeup. Polished guy, should move fast.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) July 18, 2022
Jonathan Cannon was No. 2 on our best available board entering the day. The #WhiteSox keep grabbing arms and this one is a five-pitch mix, great command, great delivery. Added a cutter this spring that scouts loved. Induces GBs and doesn't walk guys. High floor.#MLBDraft— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) July 18, 2022
No word at press time over whether we now have a White Sox prospect Cannon controversy between Will Kincannon and Jonathan Cannon.
2022 Chicago White Sox Draft Picks
First Round (No. 26 overall): Noah Schultz, LHSP (ranked No. 49 on MLB Pipeline)
Second Round (No. 62 overall): Peyton Pallette, RHSP (ranked No. 43 on MLB Pipeline)
Third Round (No. 101 overall): Jonathan Cannon, RHSP (ranked No. 60 on MLB Pipeline)