5 White Sox 2018 MLB Draft Targets To Keep An Eye On4 min read
Free Agency and Trades don’t appear to be happening anytime soon on the Southside, so we might as well turn our attention to the upcoming 2018 MLB Draft, where the White Sox hold pick number 4. A lot can change between now and June, and I will keep updating this post as my preferred names change, but I figured what better way to kick off 2018 than map out a rough top 5.
*The only prospect I am assuming won’t be around at #4 for now is Brady Singer, the #1 overall prospect from Florida. This can easily change, but for now lets pretend he isn’t available*
5. Jarred Kelenic, HS OF (Wisconsin)
Kelenic is a Wisconsin High Schooler with a sweet lefty swing. He is MLB Pipeline’s Scouting Report.
What I Like About Kelenic
- That 60 Hit Tool. That is an extremely polished High School Bat, especially coming out of Wisconsin. The White Sox need to target some polished bats to accompany the athletic profiles of guys like Robert and Moncada so I love to see the 60 Hit Tool.
What I Don’t Like About Kelenic
- He sort of feels like the Wisconsin Blake Rutherford, who we already have. He is old for his grade, has a great track record for USA Baseball, shows a great hit tool but needs to add power, and scouts aren’t sold he can stick in CF.
4. Nander De Sedas, HS SS (Florida)
De Sedas is smooth, switch hitting SS from Monteverde Academy. Remind you of a sorta Francisco Lindor? Here is the write up
What I Like About De Sedas
- 55 Hit, 55 Power as a Switch Hitter at a premium position? Sign me Up.
- He has a chance to stick at SS, but his profile is good enough for 3B. That is encouraging. Reminds me a bit of Carlos Correa or Corey Seager is that regard.
- The Lindor comp is too seductive to not let it plague your mind. Adding the next Lindor to the pipeline would be ok with me.
- We absolutely need SS’s in the minors as basically every level is without a real prospect at SS.
What I Don’t Like About De Sedas
- Not that you should draft on need, but hopefully, there is never room for De Sedas at SS for the next 7 years with Tim Anderson locked in on an extension.
- Developing HS Bats isn’t exactly the White Sox forte.
3. Nolan Gorman, HS 3B (Arizona)
Gorman is an Arizona High Schooler with absolute Light-Tower Power. Here is his scouting report.
What I Like About Gorman
- 60 Power. Oh yeah.
- Seriously though 60 Power out of High School is something to really dream on. And some scouts gave it a 70!
- We theoretically have a massive hole for a long term 3B who could come up and make an impact in say 2021.
- It appears he and his 60 grade power can actually stick at 3B, a huge plus.
What I Don’t Like About Gorman
- Once again, swing and miss HS Bats; not the Sox forte.
- He isn’t *very athletic* (Compared to his fellow amazing athletes) so he probably doesn’t have as much room to grow as some of these other HS Bats.
- If he moves to 1B a 1B/DH at #4 really has to rake to be worth it.
2. Matthew Liberatore, HS LHP (Arizona)
Liberatore is a sweet throwing control lefty from Arizona, a rarity at the top of draft boards. Here is the write up on Liberatore.
Here is the guy I want the most right now. I have a different guy at #1 but I imagine he will be gone by #4.
What I Like About Liberatore
- 55-55-60. That is 3 plus pitches out of high school, with a 60 grade changeup, a pitch many high schoolers haven’t even used at this level. And he has 55 grade control with them. Talk about pitch ability
- He has impressed scouts and garnered all this attention pumping low 90’s on the Radar Gun. Safe to say his pitching skills jump off the page.
- Those 18U USA Baseball numbers. Sign me up.
- Once again, theoretically, adding a pitch ability lefty to Kopech-Hansen-Giolito would be a nice change up.
What I don’t Like About Liberatore
- He doesn’t have the video game stuff like Hankins
1. Ethan Hankins, HS RHP (Georgia)
Hankins is a massive, hard throwing high school righty out of Georgia committed to Vanderbilt. Here is the scouting report.
Just watch this
Liberatore’s pitch ability is fun, but oh boy that slider. The definition of video game stuff. I will take that in Great Falls next year and Chicago in 2022.
Notice a theme? I want the White Sox to target a High Schooler with their #4 selection as they should have a plethora of prospects in the “next wave” sitting in A+ and AA by June (think; Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Dane Dunning, Gavin Sheets, Jake Burger, etc.) and need to diversify their talent pool and inject some young guys who can start in Rookie ball and have an ETA around 2021 or so when the Sox are an established AL power.