2018 MLB Draft: Day 2 Draftchat

Keep tabs on the White Sox' next eight draft picks

Day 2 of the MLB Draft begins at noon CT, and the third through 10th rounds will be streamed on MLB.com, with a draft tracker available for those who can’t watch live.

The list of best available players is heavy on high school prospects, which runs counter to the White Sox’ tendency toward collegiate players.

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Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Josh Nelson

Using the Draft Rankings Database, here is a link to the best 50 remaining prospects: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lHOtwiN_GKzIG3yeF-8nr1LdAusd1Y8bIFNTg0Hdz4k/edit?usp=sharing

knoxfire30

I kinda like Tristan Beck, guy was a potential top 5 pick not that long ago, good size and good enough velocity with a chance for more when he fills out.

PauliePaulie

My guess is the Sox go College pitcher. Even with the long ball issues, my hope would be Blaine Knight.

hi5

The problem with drafting the highest rated high school prospects in these later rounds is that most of them are committing to colleges now that the large bonus dollars are gone.

lil jimmy

These next two picks can make or break this draft. Please, no more college outfielders.

PauliePaulie

So Tristan Pompey, then?

PauliePaulie

Pilkington

PauliePaulie

If the Sox think they see a mechanical flaw that caused the drop in velo this year, I like the pick

lil jimmy

Very, very nice Konnor Pilkington LHP

College.

asinwreck

2080baseball on Pilkington:

Pilkington works regularly into the low 90s with his fastball, commanding it well to both sides of the plate thanks to a repeatable delivery and good feel. His best secondary offering is a quality change-up with arm-side dive and he mixes in a slow curve with solid depth. Pilkington doesn’t have the most explosive arsenal, but his advanced feel and ability to execute across his arsenal, notwithstanding some late-season struggles, make him a worthy target in the third-to-fifth round range.

lil jimmy

#60 MLB / #56 Fan graphs. Nice value.

Eagle Bones

Like this pick. Was thinking a college arm would be good here. Let the Karl Pilkington jokes commence.

lil jimmy

Gotta love a lefty!

tommytwonines

Beat me to it.

Josh Nelson

I think it could be helpful if Pilkington learned a cutter. Help bust RH hitters inside.

Pilkington was looking really good in March and April, but hit a wall in May and has been hit hard the past couple of weeks. He’s a project but with upside.

PauliePaulie

A High Schooler!!! And a SS!!!

Eagle Bones

Kiley and Longenhagen have him listed as a 3B (and 20 lbs heavier than MLB Pipeline does). They also list him as a minus athlete.

asinwreck

Endorsement opportunities abound in Chicago…

jorgefabregas

In the video MLB.com played, he looked like a big guy, but not in an unfit or unathletic way.

evenyoudorn

that was my thought, too. he looks fine to me.

maybe the lens was something like, “shortstop? no way he’s athletic enough for that… and for emphasis we’re putting him as a 3B.”

lil jimmy

Perfect Game has some nice tape

lil jimmy

This years Luis Curbelo . Same Same

PauliePaulie

Thanks for the scouting report, EB

lil jimmy

Delgado, Lency Doral Academy (FL) SS

asinwreck

Who abducted Hostetler? A prep infielder in the fourth round! Last year’s Perfect Game report on Delgado:

Lency Delgado is a 2018 SS/3B with a 6-3 210 lb. frame from Miami, FL who attends Doral Academy Charter HS. Big and strong athletic build, has really filled out and got stronger. 6.87 in the sixty, has maintained his athleticism and quickness defensively as he’s grown, agile twitchy actions in the middle of the field, footwork is clean and balanced, smooth actions, big arm strength, very advanced defender. Right handed hitter, has a short swing with a low effort trigger, could get more separation for more power, has loose hands and projects as a hitter. Very high level athlete with a feel for the game. Verbal commitment to Alabama State.

Eagle Bones

Link not loading for me for some reason, but that’s encouraging for him to at least stay at a non-1B spot on the infield.

Josh Nelson

Baseball America’s take

egib52

Josh do you believe it is safe to assume De Sedas wanted to much money?

Josh Nelson

That’s my assumption. I think it’s best for him to go to Florida State and demonstrate he can hit advanced pitching.

lil jimmy

And maybe stop hitting from the left side

evenyoudorn

blah. i wanted gingery.

Patrick Nolan

Understandable, but at least I’ll be around to help keep things gingery.

evenyoudorn

i appreciate you. no matter what the torch-wielding mob chants about your kind.

lil jimmy

Stiever, Jonathan Indiana U RHS R/R

Who loves Indiana?

asinwreck

#88 on the mlb.com list. Nice.

jorgefabregas

Oklahoma, Louisville, Indiana. Something about red jerseys.

asinwreck

My prediction that Hostetler would draft every available Louisville player is not looking good.

HakunaMoncada

Write up on Zack Hess from LSU makes him look like a guy Sox and Hostetler might be interested in. Both started games and closed at LSU, wiry 6’6” 200lb. MLB.com write up Says he can run FB into high 90s and has a good to wipeout slider depending on how he’s stretched out. After having success stretching out good college relievers (Battenfield, Henzman) he seems like he might be a guy to try that with. Maybe be able to become a poor mans Chris Sale? I really like that they have tried stretching some of these guys out as a way of finding starters with higher ceilings in later rounds. If the Sox knew he was ticketed for relief, when is too early to use a pick on a reliever only type?

PauliePaulie

For the Sox, it’s fine after the 25th pick of the first round. (or the 7th pick if you really want to be mean)

HakunaMoncada

Hahaha ouch. I always forget he was a first rounder because of Collins. I haven’t followed really any drafts before 2017, how was the Burdi pick received at the time? And is it common for one or multiple relievers to go in the first three rounds?

PauliePaulie

Most teams have abandoned using high picks on College relievers because schools abuse them. Too many outings and too many innings per week led to lots of injuries after draft day.

HakunaMoncada

Ok that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for answering!

zerobs

I thought Henzman was relieving again.

HakunaMoncada

I thought he was still starting up until he got hurt but didn’t he just have knee surgery that ended his season?

asinwreck

McClure is the one with the knee surgery, unless you know of yet another horrific Sox prospect malady.

HakunaMoncada

Ah no I had them mixed up. Thanks for the correction 

zerobs

oopsie. got Henzman and Hickman cornfused.

Josh Nelson

More like a poor mans Alec Hansen

HakunaMoncada

Hansen is a giant. Handedness aside he reminded more of sale with the low 3/4 slot and pitch arsenal

Josh Nelson

Zack Hess is a pretty large human being.

asinwreck

So Hess has interesting facial expressions during his delivery?

gusguyman

They might be interested, but he is only a SO. We woun’t have enough money to pry him away from school at this point.

lil jimmy

Heuer, Codi Wichita State (KS) RHP R/R

6′ 5″ Here’s a relief pitcher.

GrinnellSteve

By trade or by projection?

lil jimmy

just an educated guess.

GrinnellSteve

Danke.

Reindeer Games

I have feelings about these players I’ve never heard of, and I want to tell them to you all!

Lurker Laura

That’s what we’re here for.

Reindeer Games

I like Lency based solely on having a unique name and think he’ll be great. That is all.

Reindeer Games

I lied, Konnor spells his name with a K so you know he’s going to strike everyone out.

Lurker Laura

Both excellent predictions. 

Gutteridge70

that is sweet but I have to see a couple of minor league before I start throwing my rainbow colored rose petals

lil jimmy

Weaver, Cabera South Gwinnett HS (GA) OF R/R HS SR
70 runner.

A second high school player

jorgefabregas

Eyyyyy. I think that’s the first time Hosteler has had two high school players in one set of top ten rounds. They said he ran a 6.3, which, IIRC, makes him about as fast as Luis Robert.

phillyd

Listed at 150 lbs. I take it not much power.

WestEddy

A lot of dinner table will power.

asinwreck

Cabrera Weaver, fast, skinny prep CF in round 7.

MrTopaz

Weaver’s one of those guys who can really fly, right?

lil jimmy

6.26/ 60

asinwreck

Callis on MLB.com said he was a 70 runner, yes. A bit different than the Collins/Burger/Sheets picks.

asinwreck

UIC’s Charlie Cerny just went to Oakland. The Charlie Finley Chicago-Oakland connection endures.

metasox

That is a couple picks. Good for UIC

jorgefabregas

Moncada 430 ft bomb, for those of you not wanting to click away from riveting draft coverage.

Gutteridge70

That reminded me to click on the game… thanks

asinwreck

Reasonable first reaction to the Madrigal selection.

asinwreck

The Nationals will see if they can unlock Chandler Day’s potential. Took him in the 7th round.

lil jimmy

Perez, Andrew South Florida (FL) LHP L/L

Thought this would be a Senior sign

asinwreck

Sounds like an Aaron Bummer profile – hard throwing lefty reliever.

evenyoudorn

wonder if we’d try again on montes de oca. the blurb hints at maybe some makeup stuff (although i might be reading that in). sounds like a closer profile.

lil jimmy

and montes is….. gone

evenyoudorn

gunnar troutwine, same difference.

lil jimmy

500 lbs between them. ( that’s 3 Nick Madrigals, plus change)

lil jimmy

Troutwine, Gunnar Wichita State (KS) C R/R

Senior signing.
Someone has to catch all that pitching

asinwreck

Around the same time they took Evan Skoug last year, though less of a prospect (with a better name).

Anohito

dat name

asinwreck

Bryce Montes de Oca makes it to the 9th round in his third time in the draft process. Wonder if the Mets will sign him?

lil jimmy

Sousa, Bennett Virginia (VA) LHP L/L 4YR SR

Senior per Due!

asinwreck

23 years old. So, after ten rounds, the Sox have three LHPs, two RHPs, a catcher, two infielders, and two outfielders, with no obvious 1B/DH types.

asinwreck

Cleveland took a pitcher with Chad Bradford’s delivery and the appropos name Robert Broom.

yoyo

picks 1-5 didn’t seem to bad….6-10 was rather unimpressive though

yoyo

I was hoping they viewed Austin Becker signable and could fit him into their picks.  Seemed like an interesting choice.

PopeDonnPall

I base this solely on looking at out last couple drafts and reading expert takes on the current one but I give rounds 2-10 an “Eh.”But I also don’t care because I’m still so pleased we got Madrigal. This lineup needs a guy like that. Hard to strike out, fast, gets the barrel on it, great instincts and leadership. Great hands and D in the infield. Tim hits homers, Yoan hits homers, Jose hits homers, hopefully one of our three future outfielders will hit homers. I’m okay with Madrigal not needing to hit 15 homers.

Host does like his superlatives. Collins was the #1 pick all along… Madrigal was their number 1 pick all along… Burger was the their guy all along… Fulmer we except to be a bust…

Just seeing if you were still reading.