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Who will the White Sox select with the 11th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft?

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The 2020 MLB draft will be quite different. There will only be five rounds, as I broke down in another article. The White Sox have the 11th overall pick. Who will the Chicago White Sox pick? The following are options from most likely to least likely.

Reid Detmers, LHP – University of Louisville

Detmers profiles as a stud lefty pitcher. He had a 1.23 ERA in a shortened junior season at Louisville and a 2.85 ERA last season in 107.1 innings, per The Baseball Cube. His curveball is gnarly!

Look at the break! The White Sox love taking college players because they are more MLB ready, and their pitching needs more depth going forward. Not to mention, Detmers is from Chatham, IL and attended Glenwood High School, so there is a connection.

Ed Howard, SS – Mount Carmel HS

This is everyone’s favorite pick. Everyone wants the local guy! Howard attended Mount Carmel High School and comes from Lynwood, IL. He has been apart of the White Sox ACE program since he was 11 and played for the fan-favorite Jackie Robinson West team in the Little League World Series. This shortstop has a fantastic bat with a peak exit velocity of 95 MPH, which ranks in the 94th percentile of his class, per He also throws 88 MPH from shortstop. The benefit of choosing a kid like this is the growth, since he is coming right from high school. This may be raw talent, but there’s no doubt that the versatility of a shortstop gives him an edge over most of the other draft competition.

Patrick Bailey, C – North Carolina State

Bailey is a catcher from High Point, North Carolina, so I am not sure of the appeal that another catcher or first baseman has. The Sox have a plethora of that player type in the minors. He slashed .325/.444/.598 in 2019. That is more than solid, but frankly I do not see a need at this position.

Jared Kelley, RHP – Refugio High School

Kelley nearly throws 100 MPH as a high schooler. There’s a reason this guy is at the top of the list for the White Sox. His junior season, he led Refugio to a state title with a 0.22 (!!!) ERA and 144 Ks in 65 innings. Needless to say, this fireballer will make an impact. The Sox have the option here to build that pitching depth.

Tyler Soderstrom – C, Turlock High School

Again, here is another catcher the Sox could potentially grab with the number 11 pick. Soderstrom had a career .458 OBP in high school with a caught stealing percentage of 51.2%. He has a cannon. The Sox would be grabbing a tremendous talent in Soderstrom, but you need to keep an eye on if they are willing to grab another catcher or first baseman in the first round.

There it is, folks. The Sox can easily grab a player to immediately make an impact or develop a player into a future all-star. Will they stay local? Will they go with a college player, who will be ready more quickly? We shall wait an see.

The MLB draft will take place June 10 and June 11 at 6:00 P.M. CDT on MLB Network.

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