MLB Draft Results: On Second Day, White Sox Said, "Let There Be Pitching"
The gameplan for the Chicago White Sox has not been hard to follow in this MLB Draft; pitching and lots of it.
The first three picks on Day 2 for the White Sox were college right-handers.
Let's take a look at what the southsiders got in the early rounds of Day 2.
Jacob Petricka - RHP - Indiana State
The just turned 22-year-old, 6'4 senior right-hander began creating buzz when he was hitting 98 mph on the radar in the spring.
Selected 63rd overall, Petricka has great arm strength and although there isn't much movement on his fastball, he throws it with ease.
His secondary stuff needs some work. His curveball has improved and his changeup has a decent delivery.
Addison Reed - RHP - San Diego State
The thought was that Reed would be one of the most sought after relievers in the draft after being Named the 2009 National Stopper of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Reed led the nation in saves, but San Diego State stretched him out over the winter to make him the team's Friday starter.
Reed, the 95th overall pick, adjusted well. He developed three pitches to become a starter, going 8-2 in 11 appearances.
Reed broke his pinky, which slowed him down for a few weeks, but presuming he can pick up where he left off, the 6'4, 215lb 22-year-old junior can be a solid arm.
Thomas Royse - RHP - Louisville
As a sophomore in 2009, the big 6'5, 210lb pitcher was named Second-Team All-Big East and a Big East Academic All-Star.
This season, the 21-year-old junior went 9-1, striking out 99 batters and giving up 100 hits in helping lead Louisville to the College World Series Regional Finals.
Royse was selected 104th overall in the draft.
Matthew Grimes - RHP - Mill Creek High School (GA)
With the 128th pick, the Sox went with the 6'5, 185lb 18-year-old Grimes.
The teams first high schooler of the draft, Grimes has a fastball that ranges between 91 and 93 mph to go along with an above average breaking ball.
Grimes is committed to Georgia Tech if he cannot reach a deal with the White Sox.