06/09/10 7:39 PM ET
Experienced pitchers top Draft class
Nearly half of White Sox picks are college hurlers
By Louie Horvath / MLB.com
Twenty-three of the club's 51 picks were college pitchers. The White Sox completed the Draft by selecting eight college pitchers in their 19 picks on Wednesday. That was not a coincidence, according to White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann.
"[Experienced] pitching in particular [was important], but if there was a high school kid that we felt was maybe a little bit more advanced [we took him]," Laumann said after Day 2 of the Draft. "We did take a kid in that fourth round [Matthew Grimes], who we felt was a bit further along than some ordinary high school pitcher; we went ahead and took him. Primarily it was the college pitchers."
Even though college pitchers are usually cheaper than high school arms, Laumann said signability was less of a concern than it had been in previous seasons. The reason college pitchers are cheaper is because scouts are able to better assess prospects in college as they mature.
"We've been of the mindset, especially more here this year than in the past, that [general manager Ken Williams and club chairman Jerry Reinsdorf] have said, 'We want you to take the best guys on the board,'" Laumann said. "I'm not sure in the past there were a few guys we might have passed this year that we went ahead and took. We are going to infuse the best talent we can and hopefully we'll get them signed."
The White Sox also made a run on middle infielders, taking nine middle infielders among their 50 picks. The White Sox also took three players from the University of Tampa, which is a Division II school that bowed out in the second round of the NCAA Division II Championships.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.