White Sox select high school RHP Andrew Dalquist with 81st overall pick

A day after selecting Texas high school product Matthew Thompson in the second round, the Chicago White Sox doubled down on Day 2 by selecting another prep arm. This time, it’s California product Andrew Dalquist.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed pitcher finished his junior year hovering around 90-miles-per-hour on his fastball, but saw a significant increase in velocity his senior year. Coming in ranked the 65th best prospect according to Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, Dalquist goes to the White Sox at pick No. 81 with a slot value of $755,300.

According to MLB Pipeline, Dalquist owns a 60-grade fastball and a plus curveball, offering a four-pitch mix that includes a slider and changeup. Pipeline adds:

Dalquist now operates at 91-93 mph and reaches 95 with the promise of more velocity to come. He uses four-seamers up in the strike zone and two-seamers down at the bottom, with his extension creating deception that stands out more than the life on his heater. He gets good depth on his mid-70s curveball, which should become a consistently solid offering once he adds some more power. Dalquist also has a slider and changeup that he hasn’t used much. He’s athletic and has a whippy arm action that allows him to throw strikes. He still has room to add a lot more strength to his skinny 6-foot-2 frame, so he should continue to gain velocity.

From Prospect Pipeline

The White Sox added depth to the system with their additions of Thompson and now Dalquist. According to experts, Dalquist is another high-ceiling play with room to fill out his 175-pound frame, which could ultimately generate more velocity.

He is committed to Arizona, which could make him a tougher sign. As the rest of the Day 2 picks come in, we could see the White Sox get some easier signs to go underslot and move some of that money to Dalquist.

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