Over the last week we've been taking a walk down memory lane - some good, some nightmares - with our annual 5 Year Draft Rewind series. Thus far, we have looked back at the 2012 draft classes of the:
Now, we'll finish the series in the next couple days with the 2012 MLB Draft classes of the White Sox and Cubs.
The 2017 MLB Draft begins on June 12, and the focus on prospects has become significantly more focused in Chicago in the five years since the names were called in 2012.
Today, we'll begin our look back by focusing on the White Sox.
Today, the 2012 MLB Draft has made and will continue to make a significant impact on both Chicago organizations. Because of some nuances that will become clear in the coming two pieces, we'll be selective and tailor our comments to both the Sox and Cubs, respectively.
The top of the 2012 MLB Draft was loaded with potential, some of which has been realized and others that are still a work-in-progress. Houston selected Carlos Correa out of Puerto Rico with the first overall pick, and he has quickly emerged as arguably the best shortstop in Major League Baseball. With the second pick, the Twins took centerfielder Byron Buxton. He's shown flashes of amazing ability defensively, but he makes more outs with his bat than with his glove.
A couple other notable players off the board who aren't directly related to the Cubs are pitcher Kevin Gausman (Baltimore, fourth overall) and outfielder David Dahl (Colorado, tenth overall).
The Sox had two picks in the first round; as a reminder, teams received compensatory picks when they lose free agents, so there are more picks in the "first round" than there are teams. There were 60 picks in the "first round" of the 2012 MLB Draft.
With the 13th overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected outfielder Courtney Hawkins.
With the 48th overall selection (a compensatory pick after the Sox lost Mark Buehrle), the White Sox selected first baseman Keon Barnum.
Sorry, Sox fans. But this might sting a little... Here's a list of guys the White Sox could have picked instead of Hawkins, who is sliding down their organizational depth chart and may never see a Major League game with Chicago.
15. Cleveland - Tyler Nyquin, OF
18. LA Dodgers - Corey Seager, SS
19. St. Louis - Michael Wacha, SP
22. Toronto - Marcus Stroman, SP
32. Minnesota - Jose Berrios, SP
36. St. Louis - Stephen Piscotty, OF
38. Milwaukee - Mitch Haniger, OF
39. Texas - Joey Gallo, 3B
41. Houston - Lance McCullers, SP
That is a fairly depressing list, but one other prospect picked after Hawkins has ascended the game's rankings over the last few years and may make an impact on the South Side sooner than later.
18. Washington - Lucas Giolito, SP
You can review the entire 2012 MLB Draft class of the Chicago White Sox here.
Sadly, five years later only three players selected by the White Sox have made their Major League debut. And of those three, only Jason Coats - the 891st overall pick - has a positive career WAR.
Here are a few more names of note that got past the Sox (and Cubs) in 2012:
2 - 89. Los Angeles - Alex, Wood, LHP
3 - 98. Seattle - Edwin Diaz, RHP
3 - 119. Tampa - Andrew Toles, OF
5 - 163. Seattle - Chris Taylor, SS
5 - 178. San Francisco - Ty Blach, LHP
6 - 213. Arizona - Jake Lamb, 3B
13 - 424. Detroit - Devon Travis, 2B
In the wake of the White Sox two massive offseason trades, not a single player from the 2012 MLB Draft ranks among their organizational top 30 on MLB.com (they rank Giolito fourth in the organization after the Sox signed Cuban star Luis Robert).
However, two international free agent signings from 2012 are noteworthy for the White Sox.
In June, the Nationals signed a teenage pitcher for $17,000 out of the Dominican Republic named Reynaldo Lopez, who was the other arm acquired from Washington with Giolito in the Adam Eaton trade.
In August, the Red Sox signed a teenage infielder for a $450,000 out of Venezuela named Luis Alexander Basabe. They gave an identical dollar amount to his twin brother - who has a nearly identical name (Luis Alejandro Basabe). Boston sent Luis Alexander to the White Sox as part of the Chris Sale trade.