Monday, June 6, 2011
Tonight is the start of Major League Baseball’s annual June First-Year Player Draft, and the first White Sox pick (47th overall) will come at around 9:30 pm CT, sandwiched between the first and second rounds. You can follow the draft on mlb.com and the MLB Network, and I will offer a few thoughts from inside the White Sox draft room via twitter (@whitesox). The draft continues Tuesday and concludes Wednesday.
With Chris Sale (1st, 2010) and Gordon Beckham (1st, 2008) well along in their Major League careers, it’s pretty easy for White Sox fans to see the immediate impact of the draft. But obviously, fans know that kind of return is rare, with most draftees taking years to reach the big leagues.
Heading into tonight, it is interesting to take a look at the White Sox 25-man roster. A whopping 10 guys, including Sale and Beckham, were first round picks by someone. Another, Mark Teahen, was a sandwich pick in 2002 (39th overall by the A’s), two rostered players were second rounders (Crain and Dunn) and two more were third rounders (Morel and AJ). So 15 of the 25 players on the Sox roster were third rounders or better.
Who is the highest pick on the current Sox roster (not counting Harold Baines who went first overall in the country in 1977)? Would you guess it is pitcher Phil Humber, who went third in the nation in 2004 for the Mets. The others in addition to Sale, Beckham and Humber: John Danks (first/ninth, 2003, Texas), Gavin Floyd (first/fourth, 2001, Phillies), Paul Konerko (first/13th, 1994, Dodgers), Carlos Quentin (first/29th, 2003, Dbacks), Alex Rios (first/19th, 1999, Jays), Sergio Santos (first/27th, 2002, Dbacks) and Matt Thornton (first/22nd, 1998, Seattle).
A More Important D-Day
Today really is D-Day twice over. Not only is today Draft Day, but June 6, more importantly, is a day to commemorate, remember and thank a generation of Americans who helped fight World War II, beginning the liberation of Europe on this day 67 years ago.