Baseball America’s 2013 Draft Report Card
Baseball America has released its 2013 draft report cards with multiple White Sox draftees receiving top honors in various categories.
Right-hander Tyler Danish, who was selected in the second round by the Sox, was tabbed by the publication as the No. 2 Player Closest to the Majors among high school draftees in 2013. Danish posted a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP) with 28 strikeouts over 15 games (one start) between Advanced Rookie Bristol and Class A Kannapolis.
The Sox first-round pick (17th overall), Tim Anderson was ranked to have the Third-Best Pro Debut among junior college players, while shortstop Toby Thomas was ranked fifth. Anderson batted .277 (74-267) with 10 doubles, five triples, a home run, 21 RBI and 24 stolen bases over 68 games with Kannapolis. Thomas hit .319 (67-210) with 10 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 30 RBI over 51 games with Bristol.
Outfielder Adam Engel, who was drafted in the 19th round, was named the Fourth-Fastest Runner and Fourth-Best Athlete in the draft. Engel led the Pioneer League with 31 stolen bases, including stealing a season-high three bases on three separate occasions.
Third-round pick, Jacob May was rated by Baseball America to have the Fourth-Most Intriguing Background in the 2013 draft. May’s father, Lee Jr., is currently serving as the Mariners hitting coordinator, his grandfather, Lee Sr., was a three-time all-star outfielder and his uncle, Carlos, was a two-time all-star and a former first-round pick of the White Sox in 1966.
Below is Baseball America’s 2013 White Sox draft report card:
Best Pure Hitter: Tim Anderson
Best Power Hitter: Trey Michalczewski
Fastest Runner: Adam Engel/Jacob May
Best Defensive Player: Adam Engel
Best Fastball: Brad Goldberg/Thaddius Lowry/ Tyler Danish
Best Secondary Pitch: Tyler Danish
Best Pro Debut: Tim Anderson/Toby Thomas/Adam Engel/Brad Goldberg/Tyler Danish
Best Athlete: Tim Anderson
Most Intriguing Background: Jacob May/James Dykstra/Cody Yount
Closest to the Majors: Tyler Danish/Brad Goldberg
Best Late-Round Pick: Matt Ball