A Decade of First Round Picks

With the 2010 draft almost upon us I thought it would be fun to look back at the White Sox first round draft picks from 2000-2009.  

All signing bonus information is from Baseball America. Peak prospect
rankings are the highest positions each prospect reached in Baseball
America’s top 100 prospect lists.


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  • I will forever wonder how much Borchards career was changed by the injury he suffered during spring training. The guy was quite the same after suffering the injury.

    Boy did he have a special tool set.

  • Ring was a horrendous and well documented selection made famous from the book Moneyball. Boy would Joe Blanton have looked nice in comparison (the guy that everyone evidently thought the Sox would be drafting).

  • BA is one pick that I won't blame the Sox for. The kid had a great skill-set and nice tools. He was much more of a high risk/high reward selection and unfortunately the guy had some of the worse swing mechanics I've ever seen.

    I think the Sox development team deserves to be heavily questioned because of the lack of success they had with Anderson/Fields, two guys that had plenty of minor league production, but a ton of holes that were going to be exploited by major league pitching.

    The Sox and/or the players were never able to make the appropriate adjustments needed to allow them to exceed at the big league level.

  • Man, I really hope Mitchell pans out. The guy is just a freak.

    My worse picks of the decade are: Kyle McCulloch & Royce Ring.

  • In reply to JasonGage:

    McCulloch and Ring would be my 1-2 for worst picks as well. Broadway would probably come in at #3.

  • In reply to OzzieBall:

    My third would have probably been Kris Honel. I say that because Broadway had some major helium late in the season and didn't appear to be a big over-draft. I wasn't a huge Broadway guy but the Sox weren't the only team enamored with him.

    Honel just didn't have the stuff. That said, he was a prep pitcher who had a very advanced knuckle curve. His fastball velocity was just all over the map as a prep and it turned out that velocity turned into a major issue.

    Most everyone I chatted with within the organization about Honel seemed to indicate he had no known health problems for a good chunk of his collapse. He just couldn't sustain velocity and really lost "it".

    It was a really really weird situation.

  • In reply to JasonGage:

    I really don't have a problem with the Honel pick (aside from the ugly delivery). He was thought of as a potential top 10 pick at one point before "falling" to 16. He had that nasty knuckle-curve, a fastball that had touched 94, a promising change and a great pitchers frame. There was legit star potential. The loss in stuff that you mention is unfortunate, but not something that you can usually predict when drafting a guy.

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