LOS ANGELES -- If he had his choice, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper would select prep left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken in the first round of the draft Thursday.
But much of the chatter suggests the San Diego pitcher will be gone by the time the White Sox pick at No. 3. Even so, Cooper, likes all four of the team’s top targets --- Aiken, Tyler Kolek, Carlos Rodon and Aaron Nola. Cooper said he has seen video of all four and came away impressed with each. The White Sox have their first top-5 pick since 1990 on Thursday’s draft, which begins at 6 p.m. CST.
“I enjoy doing that,” Cooper said. “It’s an exciting time of the year. What I’m realizing is scouting is a tough job. To be able to put your name and neck on the line, ‘Lets give this guy $5 million,’ that’s not easy to do. After seeing all four guys, I’m not sure we can go wrong. The four guys I saw looked pretty good.
“Our poor performance last year has put us in a pretty good position now. Hopefully we can capitalize on it.”
“I liked them all. I liked the kid Aiken maybe the best. But a high school kid, that’s going to be a little longer.
“The closest to the big leagues Rodon and the second closest was Nola. It’s hard not to like the stuff coming out of the hand of Kolek. Those high school kids, there’s work to be done there.”