White Sox add pitching on second day of draft

White Sox add pitching on second day of draft
June 7, 2013, 3:30 pm
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A day after nabbing junior college shortstop Tim Anderson and high school righty Tyler Danish with the Nos. 17 and 55 picks in the MLB Draft, the White Sox focused their attention on pitching in rounds 3-10 on Friday.

A rundown of the eight latest White Sox draftees:

3 (91). Jacob May, CF, Coastal Carolina (SC)

The grandson of 18-year major league vet Lee May and great nephew of former White Sox outfielder Carlos May hit .321/.414/.478 with six home runs and 16 steals in his junior season with Coastal Carolina. He's a top-of-the-order-type switch-hitter whose game needs refinement -- although he certainly has a major league pedigree.

White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann has been familiar with the May family since growing up in Cincinnati and attending the same high school as May's father, Lee Jr., who was a first-round pick of the Mets.

"The pedigree always helps but ultimately the kid was a very talented, great runner, good athlete, switch hitter, all the things we like to see in those type of athletes," Laumann said.

4 (123). Andrew Mitchell, RHP, TCU (TX)

Mitchell posted gaudy strikeout numbers while in Fort Worth -- 231 punch outs in 202 innings -- although MLB.com's evaluation sees him moving into a relief role if he can't develop a third pitch or improve his command. That's a fairly common prognosis for pitchers selected around this area of the draft.

Mitchell has a big arm, and Laumann believes the White Sox will be able to iron out whatever issues may exist with the right-hander in their system.

"We've had a little bit of success with guys with stuff. He's been up to 95-96 and he has a tremendous curveball," Laumann explained. "The control issues, we feel that our player development people can go in and get those guys straightened out. He's a power arm that again, one of our older philosophies is we like the power arm, and he certainly fit that."

5 (153). Thaddius Lowry, RHP, Spring H.S. (TX)

The 18-year-old is committed to play at Texas Tech and is fairly raw as a pitcher. MLB.com's report on him details a big arm -- a fastball that can tough 96 mph but generally sits around 90 -- with a slider and splitter that have plenty of developing to do.

6 (183). James Dykstra, RHP, Cal State-San Marcos (CA)

Started his career at LSU before transferring to the NAIA level, where he flashed potential -- he struck out 11 in a three-hit shutout on March 4 -- but was inconsistent as well. Is not related to disgraced former MLB outfielder Lenny Dykstra.

7 (213). Trey Michalczewski, 3B, Jenks H.S. (OK)

MLB.com projects Michalczewski to have good power and good defense, although he's committed to play college ball at Oklahoma.

8 (243). Chris Freudenberg, LHP, South Mountain CC (AZ)

The 19-year-old started 13 games and made three relief appearances with a 2.72 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 76 innings in 2013.

9 (273). Nick Blount, RHP, Southern Polytechnic State (GA)

Blount played his firth three years of college at Tennessee, compiling a 6.26 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 34 walks in 113 2/3 innings. Was far more successful at the NAIA level, posting a 2.74 ERA with 60 strikeouts, 10 walks and two home runs allowed in 42 2/3 innings.

10 (303). Brad Goldberg, RHP, Ohio State University (OH)

The 23-year-old posted a 2.99 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 46 walks in 81 1/3 innings for Ohio State in 2013.

After taking May, the White Sox went after pitchers to add to their minor league ranks -- Michalczewski was the only position player taken between rounds four and 10.

"We made sure to stack the board in the fashion to get the best available guy today," Laumann explained, referencing the pick of May in the third round. "Once we got through the three rounds and got the two athletes it was like, we’re not going to switch up and take a pitcher because he’s a pitcher, but if there was a tie or if it was close, we tended to go ahead and get some arms involved."