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06-26-2002, 05:32 PM
From Baseball America.

Take That, Cubbies

CHICAGO—The White Sox hope Todd Deininger will one day show the Cubs that two can play the Bobby Hill game.

A year after the White Sox couldn’t sign him, the Cubs jumped on Hill in the 2000 draft. They took the former Miami All-American in the second round, and it took him less than two years to reach the big leagues.

Deininger, a 6-foot-3 righthander from Texas A&M, could be one who got away from the Cubs.

After pitching at Joliet Township (Ill.) High, Deininger was a fifth-round pick of the Cubs in the 1999 draft. He also excelled in the classroom and opted to honor his commitment to Texas A&M. The Sox selected him in the ninth round this year, and were able to persuade him to forgo returning to A&M for his senior season.

“He pitched in a lot of different roles at Texas A&M,” Sox scouting director Doug Laumann said. “He was rated as one of the top pitchers in the Cape Cod League last year, but he didn’t log too many innings at Texas A&M this year. We kind of went back a little bit on what we saw last summer and ended up taking him on what we saw last year.”

Deininger is a power pitcher who struck out 169 in 170 innings at Texas A&M. He had a 2.57 ERA for Wareham last summer on the Cape but suffered through a disappointing junior season, working just 12 innings.

The White Sox took pitchers with 13 of their first 17 picks this year, including first-rounder Royce Ring, a lefty closer from San Diego State. In addition to Deininger, they are intrigued with Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College righthander Josh Rupe (third round) and Keller (Texas) High lefthander Ryan Rodriguez.


A backlog of catchers resulted in highly regarded Charlie Lisk being kept in extended spring training to start the season. He finally got a chance to join Class A Winston-Salem when he replaced Humberto Quintero, who was promoted to Double-A Birmingham.

Former shortstop Jason Dellaero was dropped from Triple-A Charlotte to Birmingham so he could give pitching a try. Brooks Kieschnick, a two-way star in college who is also giving pitching a try for the first time as a pro, didn’t allow a run in his first five appearances at Charlotte.