White Sox select RHP Thomas Royse with 114th pick

The White Sox made it four college pitchers in four picks. This time it was right-handed pitcher Thomas Royse from Louisville at pick 114. The Sox had this pick for not signing Bryan Morgado in the third round a year ago.


Royse, the Friday starter for the Cardinals, has a 90-93 fastball with good sink. His change up is developing and he has good control. However, he has had issues maintaining his velocity.

The 21 year-old was 9-1 with a 2.85 ERA this year with 99 strikeouts and 26 walks in 104.1 innings. At 6’5″, 210, Royse has a big, projectable frame.

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Tags: MLB Draft, Thomas Royse


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  • I wasn't a big fan of this selection. But with that 114th pick unprotected, they obviously had to take someone they new they would be able to sign.

  • In reply to OzzieBall:

    Funny you weren't a big fan of this selection, Jeff. Have you reviewed the complete stats on this pitcher? He actually had several teams coming after him-the Sox made an excellent move grabbing him when they did! How can this year's "Big East Pitcher of the Year" not be a fantastic pick? Just wondering......

  • In reply to izzy1982:

    I'm not going to take a side, but Big East Pitcher of the Year isn't a great way to make your argument. It's not a top tier league and there are tons of conferences in D1. They can't all be great pro prospects.

  • In reply to DannySantaromita:

    I understand your method of thinking on this one-but I have to totally disagree with the comments left under this article. This pitcher took his high school team to the state tournament and won it, got a pro offer out of high school but turned it down, went to Louisville where he developed his talent and abilities even further, and pitched very well almost all the time throughout this entire process. I totally agree that not everyone can be a great pro prospect, but this guy has had "pro prospect" written all over him for years and showed why through his actions. After reading even more on this draft selection, I can't help but stand in my opinion-he was a fantastic pick. Even though "Big East Pitcher of the Year" doesn't fully make my argument, the facts from the start of this player's journey up until now do.

  • In reply to izzy1982:

    He doesn't hold his velocity deep into games, which leads me to think he's a reliever going forward. He has a nice slider and a usable change, but unless his command is pinpoint, I don't see him becoming more than a back-end starter or long reliever.

    Can I see him as a big leaguer? Sure. Do I think he'll be an impact player? Probably not, and in the 3rd round I'm looking for impact players.

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