Sale, Konerko and other No. 13 MLB Draft picks

Sale, Konerko and other No. 13 MLB Draft picks
April 17, 2012, 9:05 pm
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Two years ago, the White Sox took Chris Sale with the No. 13 pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. So far, that selection looks like the best first-round pick the Sox have made since Alex Fernandez all the way back in 1990.

A quick look at previous No. 13 selections reveals some success stories and duds. A star denotes that the player has made the majors.

2011 (Mets): Brandon Nimmo, OF
2010 (White Sox): Chris Sale, P
2009 (Athletics): Grant Green, SS
2008 (Cardinals): Brett Wallace, 1B
2007 (Indians): Beau Mills, 1B
2006 (Cubs): Tyler Colvin, OF
2005 (Orioles): Brandon Snyder, C
2004 (Expos): Bill Bray, P
2003 (Blue Jays): Aaron Hill, 2B
2002 (Padres): Khalil Greene, SS
2001 (Angels): Casey Kotchman, 1B
2000 (Cardinals): Shaun Boyd, 2B
1999 (Orioles): Mike Paradis, P
1998 (Brewers): J.M. Gold, P
1997 (Brewers): Kyle Peterson, P
1996 (Mets): Robert Stratton, OF
1995 (Twins): Mark Redman, P
1994 (Dodgers): Paul Konerko, C
1993 (Yankees): Matt Drews, P
1992 (Phillies): Chad McConnell, OF
1991 (Indians): Manny Ramirez, OF
1990 (Cardinals): Donovan Osborne, P

As things stand, Konerko (it's always funny to remember he was drafted as a catcher) and Ramirez are clearly the best of this group -- with Hill, Kotchman and Redman all enjoying solid careers.

A few of these other guys -- Osborne, Colvin, Greene -- saw decent time in the majors but never lived up to their hype. Wallace looks to be going down that road, too.

So whoever the Sox take this June, he'll have a few pretty good reference points on the team to live up to in Konerko and Sale.