Breaking Down the 2012 Draft Class

Three days of draft hysteria are over and the dust is starting to settle. Without going into too much in-depth analysis just yet, let’s take a look at some of the noticeable trends from the White Sox draft class.

Four of the first eight picks are high schoolers and then just three of the next 25 are prep stars. The importance of the first 10 rounds on this year’s draft cannot be understated. Even the White Sox jumped in on high schoolers early before reverting back to a college heavy draft.

Five college juniors were picked in the first nine rounds and then just three the rest of the way. Again, the first 10 rounds is best available and after that signability takes priority.

The first college senior pick came in round 10 and then 16 more followed. The importance on signability after round 10 meant college seniors were given priority this year.

Just one college sophomore (11th round pick Eric Jaffe) and three junior college picks were taken. College sophomores are always rare, but the number of junior college picks has dropped off since the elimination of draft and follows.

2012 White Sox draft picks by age
College seniors: 17
College juniors: 8
College sophomore: 1
Junior college picks: 3
High school picks: 12

By position
RHP: 15
LHP: 4
C: 3
1B: 4
2B: 4
SS: 4
3B: 3
OF: 4

As you can see once you get past RHP it’s an even position distribution. It’s maybe a bit surprising there weren’t a few more LHP or outfielders, but otherwise there are no obvious trends.

We’ll have more analysis about the individual picks in the near future so stay with FutureSox and follow our twitter.

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