2018 FutureSox Draft Tracker

The MLB Draft is always one of the biggest events for FutureSox and it's upon us.

It's time to break down players we hadn't heard of until they were drafted. We'll gather as much info as we can find on the new draft picks as possible and put it all here. This page will be updated with links to individual posts that will be written for the top five picks and information for the rest of the draft class.

The White Sox have $10,589,900 in their bonus pool. That money applies to all money spent on the first 10 rounds as well as any amount over $125,000 per player in rounds 11-40.

When the draft is over, there will be updates to include signing info and the first affiliate the players are assigned to. When players are signed or have reported they are signing, their names will be bolded, with signing and affiliate assignment info as we get it. Players who have stated they will not sign are in italics.

Here is a draft primer, in case you need a refresher on the whole process.

***FINAL BONUS POOL STATUS:

  • Total bonus pool alloted: $10,589,900
  • Sum of amounts that hit pool (Rounds 1-10, plus any amount over 125k for 11-40): $10,959,400
    • White Sox went over pool by $369,500, on which they will pay an extra 75% penalty ($277,125)
  • Total amount spent on bonuses for all rounds: $12,284,400
  • Total amount spent including penalties: $12,561,525

The White Sox signed 34 players (out of 40 selected). The Picks:

1 (4): Nick Madrigal, 2B, Bats: R, Throws: R, 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, Oregon State

  • STATUS: SIGNED
  • BONUS: $6,411,400 (at slot)
  • ASSIGNMENT: AZL for a couple games, then going to Kannapolis

2 (46): Steele Walker, OF, B: L, T: L, 5-11, 190, Oklahoma

  • STATUS: SIGNED
  • BONUS: $2,000,000 per MLB Pipeline (slot was $1,556,100)
  • ASSIGNMENT: The Sox have indicated Walker likely starts in Great Falls, but this is not official yet

---Day 2---

3 (81): Konnor Pilkington, LHP, 6-3, 225, Mississippi State

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $650,000 per MLB Pipeline (slot was $726,700)

4 (108): Lency Delgado, SS, R-R, 6-3, 210, Doral Academy H.S. (Fla.)

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $525,000 per MLB Pipeline (slot was $517,800)
  • ASSIGNED: AZL 

5 (138): Jonathan Stiever, RHP, 6-1, 188, Indiana

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $386,800 per MLB Pipeline (at slot)
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

6 (168): Codi Heuer, RHP, 6-5, 195, Wichita State

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $260,000 per MLB Pipeline (slot was $290,200)
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Heuer was Wichita State's Friday starter this spring, but did not have a dominant season. The big righty had a 4.31 ERA with 82 K, 37 BB in 79.1 IP. He has a good fastball that sits in the mid 90s, but his secondary stuff is as advanced. On the MLB.com draft stream, Jim Callis said he could be a reliever to allow his fastball to play better. Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com said he likes Heuer better than most, saying he has a "very live, but very raw, arm" with a chance to "blow up as a pro player."

7 (198): Cabera Weaver, OF, R/R, 6-2, 150, South Gwinnett H.S. (GA)

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $226,200 per MLB Pipeline (at slot)
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Weaver looks like the first tough sign for the White Sox. Delgado is a high schooler as well, but fourth-rounders typically sign. Weaver is a Georgia commit. He's noted for his speed and ability to play centerfield, but his bat is very raw at this point. Ranked #393 on BA's Top 500 Draft Prospects list. Listed at 6'2", 150 pounds on the MLB Draft Tracker, his body like his game has lots of available projection.

8 (228): Andrew Perez, LHP, L/L, 6-2, 195, South Florida

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $150,000 per MLB Pipeline (slot was $179,200)
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Perez is a 20-year-old junior. He pitched in 24 games this year, all in relief, posting a 2.34 ERA and some nice peripherals (10.6 K/9, 2.5 BB/9) working as their closer. Up to 95 with his fastball and lots of strikes with an MLB bullpen upside, per Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game. Had been ranked No. 431 among all high school prospects back in 2015 according to Perfect Game. No ranking on any publications for this year.

9 (258): Gunnar Troutwine, C, R/R, 6-2, 225, Wichita State

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $10,000 per MLB Pipeline (slot was $153,200)
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

22-year-old senior backstop from the Shockers. Hit .302/.413/.505 with 7 home runs in 55 games his senior year, and walked (34) nearly as many times as he struck out (38). First team All-AAC. Played in the wood bat Cape Cod League in 2016, hitting .278 in 27 games. Listed by Cut4 among the best names eligible for the Draft. Also has a red beard that would make a lumberjack jealous.

10 (288): Bennett Sousa, LHP, 6-3, 185, Virginia

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $10,000 per MLB Pipeline (slot was $142,300)
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Another senior and another reliever for the White Sox. Sousa racked up the strikeouts for Virginia, with 105 in 76 innings over the past two seasons. This spring as a senior Sousa had a 5.23 ERA with 61 strikeouts against 22 walks in 43 innings. Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game said he had "one of the better LH breaking balls in the class." He also uses it a ton apparently. Sounds like an interesting left-handed relief prospect, especially for the 10th round.

---Day 3---

11 (318): Kelvin Maldonado, SS, R/R, 6-0, 160, Pro Baseball H.S. & Academy (P.R.)

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $175,000 per MLB Pipeline ($50,000 vs pool)
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

The White Sox open Day 3 by grabbing a Puerto Rican. There's not a lot of into on Maldonado, but it sounds like he has a raw bat and the skill to stick at shortstop.

12 (348): Isaiah Carranza, RHP, 6-5, 180, Azusa Pacific U.

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $175,000 per MLB Pipeline ($50,000 vs pool)
  • Assigned: AZL

Carranza was drafted in the 35th round by the Texas Rangers out of high school. He spent his first two years at Oregon. As a freshman he had a 3.63 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 8 walks in 34.2 innings mostly as a reliever. Last season he moved into a starting role and posted a 5.34 ERA with 16 strikeouts against just 4 walks in 30.1 innings. This spring he pitched for Division II Azusa Pacific. He struck out 86 against 31 walks to post a 3.89 ERA in 74 innings. He comes in at 166 in MLB Pipeline's draft prospect rankings. He has a fastball that tops at 95 and has some projection in his game.

13 (378): Jason Bilous, RHP, 6-2, 175, Coastal Carolina

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $185,000 per MLB Pipeline ($60,000 vs pool)
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Another MLB Pipeline top 200 prospect. Bilous clocks in at 193. The Dodgers drafted him in the 29th round in 2015. He turned down $600,000 out of high school despite missing his senior year of high school due to Tommy John surgery. Bilous has a mid 90s fastball, a good slider and an inconsistent, but occasionally plus change. The stuff is there. The control is not. 212 strikeouts, 143 walks in 180.2 college innings over three seasons.

14 (408): Davis Martin, RHP, 6-2, 200, Texas Tech

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $130,000 per Jim Callis ($5,000 vs pool)
  • ASSIGNMENT: Not yet known

Make that three straight MLB Pipeline top 200 prospects. Martin started at Texas Tech as a freshman and had a 3.07 ERA as a sophomore, but missed some time with a shoulder injury. His performance dipped late in his junior year, which caused his stock to plummet after he was thought of as a potential Day 1 prospect. He has a 4.56 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 34 walks in 71 innings as a junior. This was by far the worst command of his three years with the Red Raiders. He has a low 90s sinker as well as a slider and change up that receive decent grades. Texas Tech won its regional so Martin's season isn't finished.

15 (438): Luke Shilling, RHP, 6-5, 250, Illinois

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $125,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Shilling was drafted in the 20th round out of high school by the Texas Rangers, but went to Illinois instead. He had more walks than strikeouts in his first two springs with the Illini and then missed all of 2018 due to injury. He is noted for having an upper 90s fastball, but obviously needs to stay healthy and throw strikes for that to matter.

16 (468): Ty Greene, C, L/R, 6-0, 185, Cal

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $75,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Greene started at catcher for two years for the Cal Bears. He hit over .300 both years while still slugging under .400. In his three-year career, Greene has a higher OBP (.409) than SLG (.398). Ranked #244 overall in this year's class by Baseball America, so yet another value pickup. They also say he has a chance to be an average defender, with a good arm.

17 (498): Travis Moniot, SS, S/R, 6-0, 170, Arizona

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $50,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Moniot was at Oregon as a freshman before transferring to a junior college. He earned a starting job with the Ducks, but hit just .168 in full-time duty. Going back to a Pac-12 school in Arizona as a junior, he again struggled. He hit .160 as a bench player for the Wildcats this spring.

18 (528): Romy Gonzalez, 3B, R/R, 6-2, 210, U. of Miami

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $125,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Gonzalez had some playing time as a freshman at Miami, but turned into a full-time starter his last two seasons. He showed some power with 11 home runs as a sophomore, but that dipped this spring. He hit .273/.358/.394 as a junior.

19 (558): Gabriel Ortiz, C, L/R, 6-0, 210, PJ Education School (P.R.)

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $50,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Another Puerto Rican high schooler. Ortiz is noted for his bat speed and power potential. Listed in some places as Gabriel Ortiz Abreu. Perfect Game had pop times of him this spring at 2.06. Their report on him said this in January: "Big and strong build, especially in lower half... short and strong swing... has very good raw bat speed and the ball comes off the barrel hard, lots of carry on his line drives and will get occasional lift... urprising agility getting out in front of home plate to make plays, long arm action, gets some tail on his throws, can shorten up his actions throwing."

20 (588): Jimmy Galusky, SS, R/R, 6-3, 185, West Virginia

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $50,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Galusky is redshirt junior (turned 22 in April). After redshirting, he earned a starting spot for the Mountaineers. This season he hit .253/.332/.412.

21 (618): Nick Johnson, RHP, 6-3, 215, Rhode Island

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $10,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Back to relief pitching to get this senior, who will turn 23 in July. Johnson put up some filthy numbers as a late inning reliever this season: 0.96 ERA, 15.1 K/9, 6.4 H/9 in 23 games (28 IP) for the A-10 school. Low 90's fastball. Here's some back story from ESPN in 2016 on Johnson.

22 (648): Ryan Fitzpatrick, 1B, R/R, 6-3, 225, UC Irvine

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

A 23-year-old senior, Fitzpatrick played a year at Saddleback College (JuCo) in 2015, sat in 2016, then spent the last two seasons with Irvine. He took a big leap and put up some nice numbers there this spring: .307/.436/.526, 8 HR in 56 games. He also draws a lot of walks, notching almost as many free passes (33) as strikeouts (38). No. 73 draft prospect in Southern California per Baseball America. Played two years in the wood bat Northwoods League, posting a 1.007 OPS there in 2017 including 10 home runs in just 35 games.

23 (678): Lane Ramsey, RHP, 6-9, 245, Oklahoma

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $50,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Ramsey is a (clearly) very tall senior, but won't turn 22 for another month. Another Sooner added to the system. Had played D2 ball at Newman University in 2015, sat in '16, pitched 2017 and 2018 in Norman. Mostly a reliever in those two years (but did start 3 games this spring), his numbers don't jump out - 5.75 ERA, 13:16 BB:K in 20 IP. Had labrum (shoulder) surgery at some point apparently in his junior year.

24 (708): Rigo Fernandez, LHP, 6-0, 190, CS Dominguez Hills

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $20,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Fernandez is a junior, still just 20 years old. No. 118 among SoCal draft prospects per Baseball America. Spring numbers: 5.85 ERA, a whopping 80 K but also a whopping 52 BB in 57.2 innings (12 starts). Seems like a project arm.

25 (738): Jack Maynard, RHP, 5-11, 190, UNC Greensboro

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Another younger senior who will turn 22 in July. Born in Venezuela, raised in Virginia, where he also played for Patrick Henry College. Pitched last two seasons with Greensboro, putting up some impressive numbers in 29 relief appearances: 2.13 ERA, 81 K vs. just 11 BB in 63 innings. Drafted last year in the 21st round by Arizona and did not sign.

26 (768): Devon Perez, RHP, 6-5, 200, Oklahoma

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

The third Sooner selected by the Sox so far. Senior just turned 22. Perez was also drafted last year in the 21st round and did not sign (with the Angels in this case). Pitched two years at JuCo powerhouse Iowa Western in 2015-2016, then the last two years for Oklahoma. Working mostly as a starter (12 of 16 games) this spring, he posted a 4.76 ERA, threw plenty of strikes (2.9 BB/9), but oddly his strikeout rate plummeted from 11.3 last year to 6.3 this year. He was moved from Saturday night starter to the bullpen during the year.

27 (798): Ian Dawkins, OF, R/R, 5-11, 195, Sacramento State

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

Fifth year senior turns 23 in July. Played two years for Chabot Junior College, sat for 2016, then last two years for Sac State. Has hit for average at every stop (.359 this spring in the WAC), and steals some bases. WAC First Team All-Conference in 2017 and 2018.

28 (828): Logan Sowers, OF, R/R, 6-4, 200, Indiana

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: Great Falls

The second Hoosier of this draft class, a 22-year-old senior. Originally drafted in 2014 in the 31st round by the Padres out of high school. Four-year starter at Indiana put up these numbers this year: .309/.423/.505, 10 HR, 37:51 BB:K in 55 games. Played in wood bat Cape Cod League in 2015 and 2016, but played just nine games in 2016. Listed as 6-foot-5 on school's website. Second team All-Big Ten in 2017, third team in 2018.

29 (858): Taylor Varnell, LHP, 6-1, 175, Oral Roberts

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Another senior reliever. Varnell spent one year at Western Oklahoma State (JuCo) as a reliever, but was used mostly as a starter with Oral Roberts. As a senior he had a 5.95 ERA, 62 K, 30 BB in 59 innings. The previous year he was more effective, with 10 relief appearances and three starts: 2.02 ERA, 33 K, 7 BB in 26.2 IP. The White Sox announced him as a reliever.

30 (888): Micah Coffey, SS, L/R, 6-1, 200, Minnesota

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Senior from Chicago suburb Batavia. Peaked as a sophomore, hitting .333/.408/.524 and then followed up with a strong junior year (.340/.396/.493). Held his own in the 2017 Cape Cod League (.282/.366/.366). Stats have dipped as a senior (.278/.365/.413). Season is still going for the Golden Gophers, which won a regional.

31 (918): Austin Conway, RHP, 6-1, 205, Louisville

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Conway joined Louisville as a graduate student after four years at Indiana State (including one redshirt year). With the Cardinals Conway posted a 2.25 ERA with 27 K and 17 BB in 24 IP. In his final year at Indiana State, he was the Sycamores' closer. He had 35 strikeouts against 11 walks to produce a 2.97 ERA in 33.1 innings.

32 (948): Aaron Soto, LHP, 5-10, 175, Florida International

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $5,000 per Baseball America
  • ASSIGNED: AZL

Soto spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Tennessee where he was mostly used as a reliever. He missed all of 2017 with Tommy John surgery and wasn't listed on FIU's roster this spring.

33 (978): Bryce Bush, OF, R/R, 6-0, 200, De La Salle H.S. (Mich.)

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $290,000 per Jim Callis ($165,000 vs pool)
  • ASSIGNMENT: As an 18-year-old he'll go to a rookie league, probably AZL

MLB's draft tracker has him listed as a third baseman, but the White Sox announced him as an outfielder. He is committed to Mississippi State. Perfect Game describes his defense as having "corner infield tools with the athleticism to play left field as well." #402 overall draft prospect per Baseball America.

34 (1008): Alec Valenzuela, C, R/R, 6-2, 185, Greak Oak H.S. (Calif.)

  • STATUS: Valenzuela tells FutureSox he's going to play JC ball, and won't be signing this cycle

Valenzuela was on the White Sox team for the Area Code Games, so some White Sox scouts got a deeper look at him then.

35 (1038): Jason Morgan, RHP, 6-5, 175, North Carolina

  • STATUS: Signed
  • BONUS: $100,000 per MLB Pipeline
  • ASSIGNMENT: Likely won't pitch in official games in 2018, though Fall Instructs may be in play

Morgan is a big righty who didn't pitch this spring and took a redshirt year as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery. The procedure was done in October of 2017, and he's only started a throwing program recently. In 2017 as a junior he had a 3.92 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 20 walks in 43.2 innings (7 starts, 11 relief appearances).

36 (1068): Adrian Del Castillo, C, L/R, 6-0, 195, Gulliver Prep (Fla.)

  • STATUS: Did not sign

Another talented high school player with a college commitment. Del Castillo is committed to Miami. He's got a good arm behind the plate and some power in his bat.

37 (1098): Cannon King, 1B, R/R, 6-1, 178, Beverly Hills H.S. (Calif.)

  • STATUS: Cannon confirms to FutureSox he will not be signing

This is Larry King’s son. The Sox drafted his older brother, Chance, last year.

38 (1128): Matthew Klug, OF, L/R, 5-7, 180, Brookwood H.S. (Geo.)

  • STATUS: Will not sign

Here's a lengthy story about Klug, an Atlanta area native.

39 (1158): Mason Montgomery, LHP, 6'1, 180, Leander H.S. (Tex.)

  • STATUS: Did not sign

Montgomery is a 2018 Rawlings Perfect Game Honorable Mention performer. He's committed to Texas Tech

40 (1188): Kyle Salley, LHP, 5'9, 176, L/L, Homewood Flossmoor H.S. (ILL)

  • STATUS: Salley tells FutureSox he will not be signing, and will instead honor his Duke commit. This is not a surprise for the ACE grad.

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  • Codi Heuer's Twitter bio says he's part of the White Sox org. A good sign of a...sign. https://twitter.com/c_heuey12

  • I'm not encouraged by Bryce Bush's tweet from Wednesday (presumably upon getting drafted) when he simply wrote LOL: https://twitter.com/brycecbush/status/1004507867016200193.

  • On Logan Sowers' Twitter I came across his mother hosting a party for Logan as they "send him off" to the White Sox, and she mentioned he's going to AZ and then to MT (presumably to play in Great Falls?). https://twitter.com/SowersValerie/status/1005117981196804097

  • Isaiah Carranza's Instagram suggests he's part of the Sox organization:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjtj0jtnLq2/?taken-by=isaiah_carranza

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    What's the issue with getting Steele Walker signed? His team is no longer playing in the College World Series.

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