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  1. #46
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    Gavin Sheets in the second round.....kinda of a home town kid for me. His dad(Larry Sheets,DH,OF, Orioles) and I played city softball together after his career in MLB ended. He could still crush a ball. At any rate......good luck to Gavin......

    White Sox & Redskins Forever

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    GAVIN SHEETS OTHER POWER BAT RD 2

    Gavin is the son of former major league outfielder Larry Sheets.
    an outstanding 2017 campaign (.322/.429/.634, 20 homers, 44 walks, 33 strikeouts in 227 at-bats).
    Sheets is a left-handed hitter and thrower, listed at 6-5, 235, born April 23rd, 1996.
    STRENGTHS
    Enormously strong, Sheets has legitimate 60-grade raw power and has learned to tap it over the last two years after not doing so as a freshman. Wake Forest plays in a pro-hitting environment but scouts are certain that Sheet’s power is legitimate, particularly since his dad was a big power hitter, too.
    Sheets has improved his strike zone judgment and pitch recognition since his freshman year, while also shortening up his swing. He won’t steal bases but has developed into a solid defensive first baseman.
    WEAKNESSES
    Scouts were concerned about Sheets’ ability to tap his strength earlier in his career. There are fewer doubts now and he should perform well in A-ball but it remains to be seen how he’ll adapt to pitching at the highest levels. He is limited defensively to first base; all of his value is tied into the bat.
    OVERALL PROJECTION
    Sheets came into the spring as a third or fourth round candidate but his power outburst and improved approach have boosted his stock. He looks like a second-rounder now but rumors indicate he could go sooner than that given the shortage of reliable college hitting in the draft this year.

  3. #48
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    I like it, Sox going big power with guys who have a great eye at the plate. OBP, OBP, OBP.... that's what the Sox have been lacking.

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    ANOTHER GREAT OBP GUY WOW!

    The White Sox have selected Gonzalez with the 87th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.

    While Gonzalez can nearly hit 95 mph on the radar gun with his fastball, the junior from the University of New Mexico will likely play the outfield as a professional. The left-hander had almost double as many walks as strikeouts in 2017, parlaying that eagle eye at the dish into an OBP of .500. Gonzalez is toolsy, as evidenced by his eight home runs and 14 stolen bases in 55 games for the Lobos. With speed, the ability to handle the bat and even some pop, Gonzalez is a safe pick after the first round of selections.

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    Lincoln Henzman RHP 6-2, 200 /Louisville
    When Lincoln Henzman keeps his 90-95 mph fastball down in the zone, it's almost impossible for hitters to lift.
    83-87 cut-slider for Henzman shows the better present changeup at 84-87 MPH with splitter action. I think he winds up as big league contributors within a few years

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    RHP Tyler Johnson
    Tyler Johnson is one of the best college relievers on the board
    Tyler Johnson operates with a 92-97 mph fastball that reaches 99 and while it doesn't feature as much life ...Johnson is famous for his blazing fastball which had topped out at 100 a handful of times in his career. His slider can be an out pitch or a liability depending on the day, so that’s got to be a secondary pitch he does a better job of developing.

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    7 (207): Evan Skoug, C, 5'11", 200, TCU

    Very likely an over-slot sign, Skoug is ranked the 48th best draft prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and 78th per Baseball America. A poor first half of 2017 hurt his stock a bit, though he recovered as the year went on. He finished the year with a .277/.385/.562 line as a junior with TCU in their regular season. Strike outs were a problem too - had 87 K in 292 PA.

    Scouting reports put his bat above his defense, so of course the "will he stick" questions will abound. His ranking would indicate he likely needs something like a 3rd round bonus level to sign. Even with the step back he took, it's surprising he fell this far. Bonus: he's a Libertyville native.

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    VERY INTERESTING READ ...
    OVERALL PROJECTION

    Skoug was a projected first round pick six months ago. His stock dropped as low as third round range after his slow start, but his hot hitting in recent weeks has moved him back up.

    Right now he looks like a second round choice, but there’s still a chance he can come off the board sooner than that for a team coveting his power and willing to be patient with his glove.

    He has one of the most powerful bats available, albeit with some questions.

    He features at least 60-grade raw power and is one of the most dangerous hitters in college baseball when he’s going well, generating power to all fields with a short, powerful swing. He’ll work a count and can draw walks.

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    8 (237): Sam Abbott, 1B, 6'4", 225, Bats: L, Throws: R, Curtis HS, Washington
    The Sox keep going for power, this time with a prep 1B that doesn't seem to be on anyone's Top XX rankings of draft prospects. Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game says he has big time raw pop. Not much info out there on Abbott, but apparently he was also very good at water polo.
    This is not a senior sign, but considering he's a very deep sleeper-level pick, he might sign for under slot anyway.

    9 (267): Craig Dedelow, OF, 6'4'', 195, Bats: L, Throws: R, Indiana University
    Guess what? More power! Craig Dedelow rolled the dice and came back for his senior year at University of Indiana after being taken in the 34th round during last year's draft. It ended up being a good gamble as he slugged 19 home runs and slashed .258/.336/.563 this year, improving his draft stock considerably. Dedelow's 19 bombs was good for second most in the Big Ten Conference.
    Dedelow is a senior and should be an easy and quick sign for the Sox.

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    OOPS FORGOT THIS GUY!
    6 (177): Kade McClure, RHP, 6-7, 230, University of Louisville
    Another college pitcher from a big program, and a second Louisville pitcher. McClure had a 3.43 ERA with 102 strikeouts against 35 walks in 97 innings (17 starts) this season.
    His frame jumps out, even if his stuff doesn't. He pitched in the Cape Cod League last summer with a 2.84 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings.

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    10 (297): J.B. Olson, RHP, 6'2'', 195, University of Oklahoma

    The White Sox drafted two Oklahoma Sooner pitchers last year (Alec Hansen and Jake Elliott), and they go back for reliever J.B. Olson. Olson was incredibly effective over his two seasons for the Sooners, compiling a 2.01 ERA, 89 strikeouts, 12 saves, and 35 walks over 98.2 innings. Olson started his college career at Seward Community College in Kansas before transferring to Oklahoma for his junior and senior year.

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    OK #11 THRU #40

    11 327 189 Kincanon, Will Indiana State RHP L/R JR ..6'3" 220lbs DOB: 10/27/95
    12 357 -- Yurchak, Justin SUNY - Binghampton 3B L/R JR -- 6'1" 204lbs DOB: 09/17/96 Yurchak is highly sought after among professional scouts. He barely missed Baseball America’s Top 30 College Hitters ranking After sitting on Binghamton’s bench for the 2016 season due to NCAA regulations, the Wake Forest transfer is sporting a blazing .545 average


    13 387 -- Blackman, Tate Ole Miss 2B R/R JR -- 6'0" 185lbs DOB: 09/07/94
    14 417 -- Destino, Alex South Carolina OF L/L JR -- 6'2" 215lbs DOB: 10/24/95
    15 447 -- Frost, Tyler Gonzaga U CF L/R JR -- 5'10" 183lbs DOB: 11/21/95
    16 477 -- Taylor, Logan Louisville CF R/R SR -- 5'9" 175lbs DOB: 06/21/94 /Known for his ability to get on base and swipe some extra bases, Taylor’s on base percentage of .399
    17 507 -- Battenfield, Blake Oklahoma St U RHP R/R JR -- 6'3" 220lbs DOB: 08/22/94
    18 537 -- Kiel, Hunter LSU RHP R/R JR -- 6'3" 220lbs DOB: 07/18/96
    19 567 ---Herron, Anthony Missouri State RHP R/R JR -- 6'2" 195lbs DOB: 03/01/96
    20 597 Cronin, David UniversityIllinoisChicago 2B L/R SR - 5'9" 175lbs DOB: 12/19/94
    21 627 -- Parke, John South Carolina LHP L/L SR -- 6'4" 205lbs DOB: 01/03/95
    22 657 - Benitez, Joseph USoCarolinaAiken LHP R/L SR - 6'0" 190lbs DOB: 04/17/95
    23 687 -- Duarte, Mikey UC Irvine SS R/R 5S -- 5'11" 195lbs DOB: 04/08/94
    24 717 -- Arobio, Vince Univ of the Pacific RHP R/R SR - 6'0" 185lbs DOB: 03/31/95
    25 747 -- Garcia, Jose U Tex Rio Grande Valley OF R/R SR - 6'0" 210lbs DOB: 07/25/95
    26 777 -- Staudinger, Michael Azusa Pacific U OF L/L SR -- 6'4" 195lbs DOB: 09/05/94
    27 807 -- Muno, JJ UC Santa Barbara SS L/R SR -- 5'11" 190lbs DOB: 12/21/93
    28 837 -- Rivera, Laz U Tampa IF R/R SR -- 6'1" 185lbs DOB: 09/20/94
    29 867 -- Mockbee, Joe Michigan St U LHP R/L SR -- 6'3" 205lbs DOB: 01/07/95
    30 897 -- Erickson, Ryan U Iowa LHP L/L SR -- 6'3" 197lbs DOB: 08/27/93
    31 927 -- Rigler, Parker Kansas St U LHP L/L SR -- 5'11" 183lbs DOB: 02/16/95
    32 957 -- Minier, Greg U Washington LHP R/L SR -- 6'4" 235lbs DOB: 09/22/95
    33 987 -- George, Kevin Menlo Col LHP L/L SR -- 5'10" 180lbs DOB: 04/11/95
    34 1017 -- McCormick, Michael Eastern Ill RHP L/R SR -- 6'3" 190lbs DOB: 12/08/93
    35 1047 -- Crean, Riley BloomingtonHS N RHP R/R HS -- 6'3" 190lbs DOB: 04/12/99
    36 1077 -- Widmer, Alex Norwayne HS RHP R/R HS -- 5'11" 160lbs DOB: 08/18/98
    37 1107 -- Andrews, Ted Tulane U RHP R/R 5S -- 6'6" 235lbs DOB: 01/19/94
    38 1137 -- Horvitz, Dylan New Trier HS C R/R HS -- 6'2" 190lbs DOB: 07/06/99
    39 1167 -- King, Chance IMG Academy RHP R/R HS -- 6'2" 190lbs DOB: 03/09/99
    40 1197 -- Smith, Angelo Harold L.RichardsHS LHP L/L HS 5'10" 165lbs DOB: 09/15/98

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    I'd be interested in a chart like the one above with the contact status shown
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    2017 MLB Draft Thread: Draft 6/12/17

    So the only guys who haven't signed are Henzman, McClure and Skoug because they are all still in the CWS. Each will sign shortly after ty are done.

    Gavin Sheets signed today.

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    2017 MLB Draft Thread: Draft 6/12/17

    At the moment the Sox are $130K under slot with those 3 to go. Skoug could take up a chunk of that. But they will all sign.

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