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chaotic8512
07-18-2008, 02:40 AM
Just doing this for my own sanity... figured you guys would like to know where all 49 picks are at this point. Feel free to update the list, if you'd like.

Round #, Overall Pick #, Player, Position, Status (signed are bold, affiliate listed)

1 8 Gordon Beckham SS Kannapolis (signed, $2.6 mil)
3 86 Brent Morel 3B Kannapolis
4 120 Drew O'Neil RHP Great Falls
5 150 Dan Hudson RHP Great Falls
6 180 Kenny Williams Jr. OF Great Falls
7 210 Jordan Danks OF Kannapolis
8 240 Kevin Dubler C Bristol
9 270 Ryan Strauss RHP Great Falls
10 300 Stephen Sauer RHP Great Falls
11 330 Charlie Leesman LHP Bristol
12 360 Steven Upchurch RHP Bristol
13 390 Dexter Carter RHP Great Falls
14 420 Jorden Merry RHP (returning to Washington St.)
15 450 Tyler Kuhn SS Great Falls
16 480 Brett Basham C (returning to Ole Miss)
17 510 Jonathan Weaver RHP (playing JC ball -- thanks jabrch)
18 540 Josh Billeaud RHP Great Falls
19 570 Justin Kuehn RHP Bristol
20 600 Justin Greene OF Bristol
21 630 Drew Garcia 2B Bristol
22 660 Jose Vargas 3B Bristol
23 690 Kyle Long LHP (does not sign, attending FSU -- GO NOLES!! :D:)
24 720 Brett Graffy RHP Bristol
25 750 Taylor Thompson RHP (returning to Auburn)
26 780 Jorge Castillo 1B Bristol
27 810 Doug Thennis 1B Great Falls
28 840 Brandon Short OF Bristol
29 870 Randall Thorpe OF (does not sign, attending Texas A&M)
30 900 Kevin Asselin RHP Bristol
31 930 James McCann C (does not sign, attending Arkansas -- thanks 2906!)
32 960 Justin Marrero 2B
33 990 Eddie Young INF (does not sign, attending UC Riverside)
34 1020 Marcus Semien SS
35 1050 Harold Riggins 1B (does not sign, attending NC State)
36 1080 Jordan Keegan OF
37 1110 Terry Doyle RHP Bristol
38 1140 Steve Domecus C (transfers to Virginia Tech)
39 1170 Rusty Shellhorn LHP
40 1200 Mark Hawkenson RHP
41 1230 Mason Radeke RHP
42 1260 Steve Sabatino LHP
43 1290 Cory Farris C (does not sign, attending Univ. of Kentucky)
44 1320 C.J. Cron C
45 1349 Julian Kenner SS
46 1377 Lee Fischer SS Great Falls
47 1404 Dan Hayden C
48 1431 Ricardo Alvarez 2B
49 1458 Travis Otto 1B
50 1485 Steve Florence SS

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As of 8/17/08:
26 signed
10 do not sign
13 unknown

2906
07-18-2008, 11:50 AM
Thanks for posting this. From little tidbits I've picked up scouring the internet, it looks like 31st rounder James McCann is headed to Univ. of Arkansas with hopes of improving his draft status. Of course, nothing is certain until it actually happens.

Randall Thorpe, Round 29, is an interesting prospect. True CF guy with outstanding speed and defensive ability. His bat is questionable which caused him to drop. Several teams were interested in him before the draft including the Pirates, Rangers, and White Sox. His agent supposedly wants top 5 round money to get him signed. I think he'd go to Texas A+M if he doesn't sign.

I have not been able to dig up any more information on Jonathan Weaver, Round 17, or Kyle Long who is commited to Florida State. Supposedly the White Sox people were meeting with the Long family soon but personally I expect him to go to college.

Mark Gonzales at the Trib expects Beckham and Danks to sign in August.

doublem23
07-18-2008, 12:13 PM
I have not been able to dig up any more information on Jonathan Weaver, Round 17, or Kyle Long who is commited to Florida State. Supposedly the White Sox people were meeting with the Long family soon but personally I expect him to go to college.

I read something (I think on mlb.com) that said Long would have to be blown away by an offer to get him to renig on his commitment to FSU. I am still holding on to the irrational hope that the Sox offer him a mind-blowing deal and we pry him away from the Seminoles, but I doubt he signs.

CashMan
07-18-2008, 02:18 PM
I read something (I think on mlb.com) that said Long would have to be blown away by an offer to get him to renig on his commitment to FSU. I am still holding on to the irrational hope that the Sox offer him a mind-blowing deal and we pry him away from the Seminoles, but I doubt he signs.


The thing is, if he spends 1-2yrs at college and he projects to go higher, why not offer him money and have your people teach him? I use Mark Texiria(sp?) as an example, if the RedSawks would of given him that money, imagine what they would of had.

JohnTucker0814
07-18-2008, 02:54 PM
The thing is, if he spends 1-2yrs at college and he projects to go higher, why not offer him money and have your people teach him? I use Mark Texiria(sp?) as an example, if the RedSawks would of given him that money, imagine what they would of had.

I said this exact same thing... if he projects to be a 1st or 2nd round pick in 2 years, why not give him that money now, put him in your system and in 2 years you've just added a 1st or 2nd round pick essentially to your draft class... what is wrong with this? This will also help in free agency... if we were to sign a Type A player in 2 years we would lose our 1st round pick... and guys like this that you sign will help to make up for what you lose during free agency!

jabrch
07-18-2008, 08:10 PM
I read something (I think on mlb.com) that said Long would have to be blown away by an offer to get him to renig on his commitment to FSU. I am still holding on to the irrational hope that the Sox offer him a mind-blowing deal and we pry him away from the Seminoles, but I doubt he signs.

I can't imagine he would....It isn't as if the kid needs this for his families security. I hope in a few years he is a Sox early round pick and he comes here a more mature athlete.

sox1970
07-18-2008, 09:11 PM
Looks like the Long thing is dead. Not a surprise.

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/

chaotic8512
07-19-2008, 12:44 AM
35th round pick Harold Riggins is going to NC State.
http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2008/07/16/scholastic/doc487e9d018dd3f611979179.txt

EDIT: Another find, 43rd round pick Cory Farris is going to Kentucky.
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080619/COL19/806190387/-1/CINCI

EDIT #2: According to the Huntsville Times, Taylor Thompson is returning for his junior season. No link was available.

EDIT #2A: Also, I found some information on Jorden Merry on the Washington Huskies' website:

http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/060208aab.html

It's the list of returning Huskies and where they are playing summer ball. Merry is listed as playing with the Havasu Heat, and has been pretty dominant (2 ER in 19.0 IP, 29 K's). His most recent start was on the 11th, so one could only assume that he intends to stay for his senior season.

chaotic8512
07-22-2008, 05:06 PM
Eddie Young, our 33rd round pick, has committed to UC Riverside.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/preps/20080721-9999-n66432.html

Pretty likely Steve Domecus will be going to Virginia Tech unless we offer him above slot. He's playing summer ball in Alaska now.

http://www.marinij.com/sports/ci_9508296

WhiteSox5187
07-22-2008, 10:57 PM
There's no chance that Beckham and Danks won't sign right? It's just negotiating numbers now, but they'll eventually sign, we wouldn't let them slip away would we?

oeo
07-22-2008, 11:19 PM
There's no chance that Beckham and Danks won't sign right? It's just negotiating numbers now, but they'll eventually sign, we wouldn't let them slip away would we?

They'll both get signed. Still a few weeks left.

SoxGirl4Life
07-23-2008, 08:39 AM
I read that Danks signed yesterday. I'll try to find the link.

jabrch
07-31-2008, 09:51 AM
Getting closer to the deadline - should see some more answers to some of these guys. I have no doubts on Beckham. I'm confident on Danks. The rest are doubtful in terms of the top few unsigned guys (Leesman, Merry and Weaver) assuming we do go well over slot for Danks.

Either way - looking forward to evaluating this draft in a few years. I am optimisitc.

Randar68
07-31-2008, 05:34 PM
Getting closer to the deadline - should see some more answers to some of these guys. I have no doubts on Beckham. I'm confident on Danks. The rest are doubtful in terms of the top few unsigned guys (Leesman, Merry and Weaver) assuming we do go well over slot for Danks.

Either way - looking forward to evaluating this draft in a few years. I am optimisitc.

http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2008/07/27/jordan-danks-signed-with-the-white-sox/

btrain929
07-31-2008, 05:38 PM
http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2008/07/27/jordan-danks-signed-with-the-white-sox/

That was from Sunday, and there's no other sources acknowleding it. I think that would be something even whitesox.com would write a piece on. Maybe BP is just saying he will be joining his brother............(if he signs), and they guessed on the amount.

Either way, I hope it happens soon.

Randar68
07-31-2008, 05:42 PM
That was from Sunday, and there's no other sources acknowleding it. I think that would be something even whitesox.com would write a piece on. Maybe BP is just saying he will be joining his brother............(if he signs), and they guessed on the amount.

Either way, I hope it happens soon.

I agree the blog and BP references are relatively meaningless... certainly not difinitive, but I see no reason why BP would "guess"...

djbTheCBB
07-31-2008, 06:11 PM
I agree the blog and BP references are relatively meaningless... certainly not difinitive, but I see no reason why BP would "guess"...

I would not say that the blog is meaningless. That is why I put a "question mark" at the end of the headline. I also could not find any reference to it on the White Sox MLB page, Baseball America, or any other outlet. I was only reporting on what I found.

btrain929
07-31-2008, 06:36 PM
I agree the blog and BP references are relatively meaningless... certainly not difinitive, but I see no reason why BP would "guess"...

Yeah, I agree with that.

KyWhiSoxFan
07-31-2008, 08:03 PM
I would not say that the blog is meaningless. That is why I put a "question mark" at the end of the headline. I also could not find any reference to it on the White Sox MLB page, Baseball America, or any other outlet. I was only reporting on what I found.

Their "source" was probably an Internet message board.

TheCBB
08-01-2008, 02:09 AM
Our source was Baseball Prospectus.

Rivals is also reporting that Danks will not be back with the Longhorns.

Check out the Rivals link below.

http://collegebaseball.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=825027

Stay well guys but please don't even think my sources are a message board. I also broke the story on the Chicago State baseball coach's resume being doctored. That is available at the link below.

http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2008/06/16/cbb-exclusive-chicago-state-baseball-coach-lies-on-resume/

2906
08-11-2008, 03:51 PM
Just a quick update to this thread, I have a friend in Cincinnati who follows Xavier baseball fairly closely and knows a few people with the program. He tells me he expects Charlie Leesman to sign right near the deadline for an above slot bonus. For what it's worth, just thought I'd pass it along.

Leesman is a pitcher who was the White Sox 11th round pick.

btrain929
08-11-2008, 03:59 PM
Just a quick update to this thread, I have a friend in Cincinnati who follows Xavier baseball fairly closely and knows a few people with the program. He tells me he expects Charlie Leesman to sign right near the deadline for an above slot bonus. For what it's worth, just thought I'd pass it along.

Leesman is a pitcher who was the White Sox 11th round pick.

Do you know much/anything about Leesman as a player, and what to expect from him if he does sign?

2906
08-11-2008, 04:07 PM
Do you know much/anything about Leesman as a player, and what to expect from him if he does sign?

Not really, other than he's a large framed left handed pitcher whose stats were weak on an underachieving Xavier squad. He's big and projectable, something like 6'4 230, and was drafted previously, way low in the draft.

Wish I knew more.

balz1472
08-13-2008, 10:40 AM
Any news on Beckham? Also, why does Jordan Danks think he deserves 2nd round money when he was a 7th round pick? Did I miss something here?

UofCSoxFan
08-13-2008, 10:45 AM
Any news on Beckham? Also, why does Jordan Danks think he deserves 2nd round money when he was a 7th round pick? Did I miss something here?

There are two threads on this in the minor league forum.

chaotic8512
08-13-2008, 07:32 PM
Interesting info about Leesman, thanks for posting it. I guess we'll see in the next 48 hours if there's a press release confirming it... I certainly hope so.

I went ahead and counted 14th round pick Jorden Merry out of the equation, as he has shown absolutely no interest in leaving Wash. St. He has continued to play summer ball, which is a common offseason activity for returning college players. Of course, the big news is Beckham signing, and if we can get Danks and Leesman, I'd say we might be talking about this draft for a while. :cool:

Anyone have any other information about latter picks, particularly Jonathan Weaver?

Also, take this Jordan Danks info FWIW... purely speculative: http://collegebaseball.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=2308&tid=114818704&mid=114818704&sid=1169&style=2

Jeff B
08-13-2008, 08:47 PM
Do you know much/anything about Leesman as a player, and what to expect from him if he does sign?
PGCrosschecker scout reports:

COUTING REPORT (3/1): Leesman has a live arm from a high three-quarters slot with a fastball that is a consistent 88-90 mph and peaked at 93 last summer in the Great Lakes League. He may need to throw more strikes with the pitch as he progresses, but scouts say he is effectively wild and has a chance to be a solid big league starter. He complements his fastball with a slurvy slider that he is able to throw more consistently for strikes, and he gets good sinking action on his changeup. He went 2-1, 2.61 for the Cincinnati Steam last summer, with 13 walks and 28 strikeouts in 31 innings. He limited opponents to a .190 average. As a sophomore at Xavier, he went 4-3, 4.22 with only 47 strikeouts in 81 innings. Leesman, a 40th-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins out of high school, had labrum surgery on his shoulder in September 2005 but never took a red-shirt and shows no lingering effects from the injury.—ALLAN SIMPSON
UPDATE (5/15): Projected to be the No. 2 draft in the state behind Kent State righthander Chris Carpenter at the start of the 2008 season, Leesman did not pitch particularly well all year as Xavier’s Friday starter, going 2-6, 5.32 with 29 walks and 48 strikeouts in 66 innings. Most damning was his .338 opponent batting average. His stuff—an 89-90 mph fastball that touched 92-93, a improving breaking ball with better bite and a developing cut fastball—was solid, but he didn’t mix it up well enough to keep hitters off balance and keep them in doubt what pitch was coming. The command and sharpness of his breaking stuff, in particular, also came and went. Still, he’s lefthanded and there is plenty of upside in his big frame.—ASFairly promising, hopefully he does get signed.

jabrch
08-13-2008, 09:46 PM
Anyone have any other information about latter picks, particularly Jonathan Weaver?

Weaver has an offer to go play JC ball. He's waiting to see what the Sox offer. I believe that depends on what happens with Danks.

chaotic8512
08-17-2008, 02:33 PM
Final updates, by pick:

#29: Randall Thorpe to honor Aggie commitment:
http://www.aggiebaseball.net/
(About a sixth of the way down the page at the end of the first blurb titled "Big 12 Coach of the Year Rob Childress", before "recent posts" -- I'm not about to get burned by another three-day suspension!)

#38: Steve Domecus to transfer to Virginia Tech
http://www.hokiesports.com/baseball/recaps/20080813aaa.html

That's all I can find. Outside of Jonathan Weaver, for whom I can't find any information (jabrch, where did you find that piece of info?), it would be pretty safe to assume we didn't sign anyone else. I'd say we had a pretty solid draft, KW Jr. aside.

...
08-18-2008, 12:24 PM
15th round pick SS Tyler Kuhn is off to a nice start in GF.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Tyler%20Kuhn&pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=518906

UofCSoxFan
08-18-2008, 02:02 PM
15th round pick SS Tyler Kuhn is off to a nice start in GF.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Tyler%20Kuhn&pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=518906

I don't know much about him, but some very positive stats. It's interesting that he has 7 triples, so obviously has some speed, but is only 4 for 7 in stolen bases. Looks to be another fast guy that can't steal. This is definitely something as an organization I think we need to fix.

jabrch
08-18-2008, 08:22 PM
That's all I can find. Outside of Jonathan Weaver, for whom I can't find any information (jabrch, where did you find that piece of info?), it would be pretty safe to assume we didn't sign anyone else. I'd say we had a pretty solid draft, KW Jr. aside.

I will come back tomorrow night with the answer to the Weaver question...from a very reliable source who would know.

champagne030
08-18-2008, 10:22 PM
That's all I can find. Outside of Jonathan Weaver, for whom I can't find any information (jabrch, where did you find that piece of info?), it would be pretty safe to assume we didn't sign anyone else. I'd say we had a pretty solid draft, KW Jr. aside.

I'm glad we didn't give a large bonus for Weaver. I saw him pitch twice this year and it was nothing special. An above average HS pitcher, that's about it. Decent frame and arm, but nothing special. I suppose we could've used some of the bonus for KW Jr. to sign him, but he wasn't family.

jabrch
08-19-2008, 09:43 AM
That's all I can find. Outside of Jonathan Weaver, for whom I can't find any information (jabrch, where did you find that piece of info?), it would be pretty safe to assume we didn't sign anyone else. I'd say we had a pretty solid draft, KW Jr. aside.

Weaver is going to be playing JC ball this year.