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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
Friday, September 13, 2013
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92) for Cleveland.
Sox Starting Lineup: Jor. Danks, RF; Semien, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Anderson, C.
Barons One Game Away From Title
The Birmingham Barons, the Sox’s Class AA affiliate, are a game away from their first Southern League crown after defeating the defending champion Mobile BayBears, 8-2, last night in Mobile to take a two games to none lead in the best-of five championship series. Game 3 is set for tonight at Regions Field in Birmingham.
With a roster full of Sox prospects, the Barons were led by DH Trayce Thompson’s homer and two RBI, 2B Micah Johnson’s two hits and two runs scored and winning pitcher Chris Beck’s (pictured below) outstanding six innings of work, allowing just one earned run, six hits and two walks while striking out four.
Play(s) of the Day
Paulie hit his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, and 433rd of his career in last night’s loss to the Indians. Konerko is batting. 339 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over his last 16 games…INF Marcus Semien had a pair of hits, including his first major-league extra-base hit (a double)…Miguel Gonzalez recorded his first major league hit (a single) and Avisail Garcia added two singles. Avi is hitting .333 in his last 26 games, including 10 multi-hit efforts…Dylan Axelrod, with his 5.0 scoreless innings, made the longest relief outing of his career.
Quote(s) of the Day
I posted yesterday that rookies Semien and RHP Erik Johnson were among the players named to Baseball America‘s 2013 Minor League All-Star first team and were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley squad that made it to the 2011 College World Series.
Colleen Kane points out in today’s Trib that they were also roommates at Cal and played summer ball together in the Northwoods League in Minnesota as well as being drafted the same year (2011) and called up to the majors on the same day (September 3).
“We’ve been together through everything, actually,” Semien told Kane.“It’s pretty cool. If you have any questions, you can always go to him and ask because we’ve kind of gone through the same things. You don’t feel like you’re alone through this.”
Johnson added: “It makes me comfortable when he’s out there playing behind me.”
White Sox vs. Indians at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) for the Tribe. In his last start, against the Orioles, Andre collected his second career victory, allowing just one run and four hits in 6.2 IP.
Did You Know…
…that PK leads all active players with 48 homers against the Indians?
Photo of the Day
Santiago is on the mound today looking to even the series against Cleveland.