White Sox hone in on Draft's arms
Chicago takes hurlers with first six picks on Day 2
CHICAGO -- There was some concern within the White Sox organization following Day 1 of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft that perhaps they had let some quality pitching pass them by using their first three selections on position players.
So, Chicago's brass promptly erased those concerns. One day after selecting two outfielders and a catcher to start the Draft, the White Sox went pitcher-heavy Wednesday, choosing six pitchers in their first six Day 2 picks.
Nick Hostetler, East Coast cross checker for the White Sox, spoke on behalf of the organization, stating he was delighted with the quality of pitching it was able to obtain Wednesday.
"We took three position players with our first three picks yesterday," Hostetler said. "Sometimes when you do that, you sacrifice pitching a little bit, but we were very happy with who we got on Day 2 pitching-wise."
Seven of the White Sox first eight picks on Day 2 were pitchers, with six of those being right-handers.
Highlighting the White Sox selections on Day 2 was the surprising pick of Matthew Heidenreich, a right-hander from Temescal Canyon High School in California. Listed at 6-foot-5, Heidenreich finished his senior season 6-4 with a 3.14 ERA. Heidenreich was the first White Sox selection on Day 2, going 133rd overall, even though he was not listed among the top 150 players in California by Baseball America.
Hostetler said Heidenreich's lanky frame and late development made him a steal in the fourth round.
"The arm worked very well," Hostetler said. "He also showed some present stuff. Present-average fastball as well as a feel for the breaking ball at times, albeit a little inconsistent. When you see it, you know.
"Being as tall and thin as he is, sometimes those guys tend to come on a little bit later. When guys come on so late, it's tough to all of a sudden ring the bell and get everybody to see these guys."
White Sox general manager Kenny Williams also shared his satisfaction with the selections made by the organization Wednesday.
"Even in the 14th, 15th rounds, we took some guys that really have some high, high ceilings, but because of some unusual circumstances, they've fallen," Williams said. "There are a lot of intriguing guys that we have in place. Combine that with what we already have, and yeah, it could turn out very well."
The White Sox certainly filled holes in the pitching department on Wednesday. They also filled some middle infield needs at the back end of the day. But the organization's work is not done yet, as one more day of Draft picks remain.
"There's a big leaguer on this board somewhere," Hostetler said of Day 3. "We just have to find [him]."
Fourth round, Matthew Heidenreich, RHP, Temescal Canyon HS, Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Heidenreich, a 6-foot-5 pitcher, finish his senior season 6-4 with a 3.14 ERA, striking out 56 batters in 58 innings.
Fifth round, Kyle Bellamy, RHP, University of Miami
Bellamy is one of five finalists for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award this season. He is one of college baseball's top relief pitchers this season, registering 16 saves. In 46 1/3 innings pitched, Bellamy allowed five earned runs, striking out 63 and holding opponents to a .147 batting average.
Sixth round, Justin Collop, RHP, University of Toledo
Collop, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior, made 13 starts for Toledo this season, going 4-7 with a 6.51 ERA. He allowed 96 hits in 76 innings pitched and opponents hit .310 against him.
White Sox -- Top five selections
|23||CF||Jared Mitchell||Louisiana St U|
|38||C||Joshua Phegley||Indiana U|
|61||CF||Trayce Thompson||Santa Margarita HS|
|71||LHP||David Holmberg||Port Charlotte HS|
|102||LHP||Bryan Morgado||U Tennessee|
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Seventh round, Justin Jones, LHP, Oakdale Senior HS, Oakdale, Calif.
Jones dominated high school opposition, going 22-1 with a 0.41 ERA over two varsity seasons. He has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of California on a full baseball scholarship. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder hits the low 90s on his fastball and also batted .413 as a senior.
Eighth round, Ryan Buch, RHP, Monmouth University
Buch finished his 2009 campaign at Monmouth 7-5 with a 4.31 ERA, throwing two complete games. He struck out 92 batters while walking 34.
Ninth round, Matthew Hopps, RHP, Cal State Dominguez Hills
In four years at Cal State Dominguez, Hopps made 41 appearances with a 10-14 record. He has struck out 151 batters in more than 175 innings pitched with a 4.81 ERA.
10th round, Nick Ciolli, OF, Indiana State University
Ciolli, a 6-2, 200-pound junior, led the Sycamores in numerous offensive categories this season. He finished the year with a .401 average, five home runs and a team-best 50 RBI.
11th round, Jimmy Ballinger, RHP, University of Southern Mississippi
Ballinger has been one of the go-to starting pitchers for Southern Mississippi this season. He has thrown the second most innings on the team (83 1/3), making 15 starts. He is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 35 walks.
12th round, Kyle Colligan, OF, Texas A&M University
Colligan hit .288 for Texas A&M this season while starting all 61 games in center field. He led the team with 15 home runs and drove in 45 runs, slugging .545.
13th round, Cameron Bayne, RHP, Concordia University-Irvine In two seasons with the Eagles, Bayne showed a fastball in the low 90s to go with an impressive slider. He posted a 6-2 record with a 4.33 ERA. He struck out 66 batters in 68 2/3 innings pitched, collecting four saves.
14th round, Daniel Black, 1B, Purdue University
Black was taken a season ago by the San Francisco Giants but opted to return to Purdue for his senior year. As a result, he saw a 21-round improvement in his Draft status, moving from the 35th round to the 14th round. Black hit .310 this season while leading the team in home runs (15) and RBIs (51). He tied the Big Ten season record for walks with 62 and led the conference with a .518 on-base percentage. In 152 career games, Black hit .313, ranking second all-time at Purdue in home runs (36) and sixth in RBIs (146).
15th round, Dane Williams, RHP, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.
Williams went 7-1 in his senior season in 10 games with 59 strikeouts and 12 walks. Williams registered his first varsity no-hitter in a playoff game this season.
16th round, Daniel Wagner, 2B, Belmont University
In his junior year this season, Wagner finished second on Belmont's single-season RBI record list with 57. He hit 10 home runs with 24 stolen bases and batted .323. In the Atlantic Sun Conference, Wagner finished second in steals and ninth in RBIs.
17th round, Brian Goodwin, CF, Rocky Mount HS, Rocky Mount, N.C.
Described as a Kenny Lofton-type player, Goodwin can beat out base hits and cover a lot of ground in the outfield. He doesn't have the prettiest of swings, using all arms and no load, but he could develop into a power hitter down the line.
18th round, Philip Negus, RHP, Wake Forest
Negus finished the 2009 season 2-6 with a 9.05 ERA, making 17 appearances and 10 starts. He struck out 40 batters and walked 24 in 56 2/3 innings pitched, and opponents hit .339 against him.
19th round, Brady Shoemaker, LF, Indiana State
Shoemaker joins fellow Sycamore Ciolli as Sox selections. Shoemaker hit .389 this season and led the team in eight offensive categories, including slugging percentage (.700), on-base percentage (.508), runs scored (65), doubles (19) and home runs (14).
20th round, Nathan Reed, LHP, University of Pittsburgh
Reed finished 4-6 this season in 13 starts, throwing 84 innings as the team's top starter. He has averaged nearly 65 strikeouts per season in his career, holding opponents to a .286 batting average.
21st round, Jared McDonald, SS, Arizona State
McDonald is hitting .246 this season for the Sun Devils, making 34 starts and playing in 54 total games. He carries a .483 slugging percentage and has scored 24 runs with five home runs and five doubles.
22nd round, Zach Kayne, SS, Davidson College
Kayne led the Wildcats with a .340 batting average this season as a senior, becoming the school's all-time single-season doubles record holder with 22. He tied for the team lead with 71 hits and scored 41 runs. He also tied for second on the team with 37 RBIs. Kayne ranks sixth on Davidson's all-time career doubles list with 48.
23rd round, Goldy Simmons, RHP, San Diego State
Simmons made 16 appearances with three starts for the Aztecs this season. He threw 28 2/3 innings with a 1-0 record and a 5.97 ERA. Simmons, a junior, transferred from San Diego City College, where he was an honorable mention All-Pacific Coast Conference selection as a pitcher.
24th round, Jeffrey Tezak, 2B, University of Nebraska
Tezak, a 5-10, 176-pound switch hitter, hit .318 in 113 career games, driving in 67 runs with six home runs. Tezak started for the Cornhuskers for two seasons, recovering from knee surgery to put together a nice senior year. He hit .315 with two homers and 28 RBIs, and he led the team in walks (30) and on-base percentage (.425). At second base, Tezak led Nebraska defensively with 107 assists. He also finished with a .978 fielding percentage.
25th round, Michael Strong, LHP, Iowa Western Community College
Hostetler said Strong had an arm with plenty of upside. Strong has a nice, easy motion and can locate the ball, which should give him an opportunity to get guys out at the next level.
26th round, Matthew Harughty, 2B, University of Oklahoma
Harughty started all 63 games for the Sooners this season, batting .273 with 43 RBIs and 59 runs scored. He hit eight home runs with 10 doubles and slugged .441.
27th round, Kyle Davis, 2B, University of Delaware
A four-year member of the Blue Hens baseball team, Davis appeared in 191 games with 184 starts. He finished his career with a .281 batting average with 13 home runs and 97 RBI. He was Delaware's Defensive Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons.
28th round, Robert Cummings, 3B, UC Santa Barbara
Cummings hit .264 for the Gouchos, playing in 37 games and starting 32. He hit seven home runs with seven doubles, slugging .496. Cummings, a Chicago native, spent his freshman season at Illinois Wesleyan University.
29th round, Charles Delk, RHP, Clemson
Delk finished 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA in 49 2/3 innings pitched over 11 starts this season. He held opponents to a .272 batting average, allowing 53 hits with 41 strikeouts and 22 walks. In his two seasons at Clemson, Delk was 6-2 with a 3.70 ERA.
30th round, Robert Vaughn, C, Kansas State
Vaughn was considered one of the Big 12's best defensive catchers, playing in 163 career games, including 148 starts. He was a .263 hitter for his career but hit .281 as a senior with seven doubles, five home runs and 25 RBIs.
Jesse Temple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.