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White Sox select 3B Bryce Willits in 18th round (No. 551 overall)

This lefty bat took a huge leap forward with an outstanding 2022 season

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With pick No. 551 in the 2022 MLB draft, the White Sox added third baseman Bryce Willits from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Coupled with Jordan Sprinkle, the White Sox drafted the entire left side of the Gauchos infield.

Willits is a 6´2´´, 200-pound corner infielder. After struggling in his first year after both a transfer from St. Mary’s and a year off due to the pandemic, he came back with a very strong senior season for UCSB: .302/.410/.517. He was primarily a first baseman in 2021, but switched almost exclusively to third base in 2022. Willits may possess a decent combination of speed, quicks or sheer smart base-running, as he seems an opportunistic swiper (perfect in five tries in 2022, perfect in 23 during summer league play in 2019.


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)
Fourth Round (No. 131 overall): Jordan Sprinkle, SS (ranked No. 140 on MLB Pipeline)
Fifth Round (No. 161 overall): Tyler Schweitzer, LHSP (ranked No. 210 on MLB Pipeline)
Sixth Round (No. 191 overall): Eric Adler, RHRP (ranked No. 242 on MLB Pipeline)
Seventh Round (No. 221 overall): Mark McLaughlin, RHRP
Eighth Round (No. 251 overall): Mario Camilletti, 2B
Ninth Round (No. 281 overall): Michael Turner, C
10th Round (No. 311 overall): Tim Elko, 1B
11th Round (No. 341 overall): Jacob Burke, CF
12th Round (No. 371 overall): Brooks Baldwin, RF
13th Round (No. 401 overall): Mason Adams, RHSP
14th Round (No. 431 overall): Shane Murphy, LHP
15th Round (No. 461 overall): Billy Seidl, RHP
16th Round (No. 491 overall): Tristan Stivors, RHRP
17th Round (No. 521 overall): Nick Altermatt, RHSP/SS
18th Round (No. 551 overall): Bryce Willits, 3B