The White Sox began the first day of the draft by taking a left-handed pitcher and did the same in day two, taking Oregon State lefty Jace Fry in the third round (No. 77 overall).
Fry, who was also drafted in the ninth round out of high school by the A’s, had Tommy John surgery in 2012, but hasn’t shown any issues since.
He doesn’t have standout stuff, but as a lefty has used some deception to get batters out. He has a good sinking fastball that tops out in the low 90s. Fry features a slider, curve and a good change up as well.
As a freshman at the powerful Oregon State program, Fry stepped into the rotation and posted a 2.45 ERA with 53 strikeouts, 35 walks and 68 hits allowed in 88.1 IP. He only logged 7.2 innings as a sophomore as a result of the Tommy John. This season as a junior he rebounded nicely with a 1.80 ERA in 120.1 IP with 98 strikeouts, 30 walks and 83 hits and pitched a no-hitter against Northern Illinois in March.
Oregon State entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, but was knocked out by UC Irvine in the regional championship game. In the regional Fry pitched the second game for the Beavers and got rocked, giving up six runs in 6.1 IP with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk and 6 hits.
Baseball America ranked him as the No. 91 prospect, nothing that his velocity improved as the season went on and that he repeats his delivery well, leading to good command. MLB.com ranked him No. 93. Baseball Prospectus liked his stuff a bit more, but also said he is likely a back end rotation player.
Here’s his MLB.com scouting video (although there’s not really any video).