Day one of the MLB Draft was a whirlwind. The White Sox came away with left-handed fireballer, from the University of Tennessee, Garrett Crochet. Needless to say, Crochet was one of the guys who popped up in a mock draft a bit late, due to some shoulder concerns, and the Sox snagged him for some minor league pitching depth. What is in store for round two tonight? The Sox have pick number 47, but will the Sox stay on the pitching track or go with a strong bat? Here are some options that have been mentioned:
Jared Kelley, RHP – Refugio High School
I had Kelley possibly going as a first rounder to the Sox. Again, he maxes out at 100 MPH as a high schooler and pitched to a 0.22 ERA in 65 innings his junior season. On top of sitting in the upper 90s routinely, Kelley has a wicked changeup. The largest concern with Kelley is a third pitch. His curve is slightly below average. Here he is pitching at the Perfect Game Showcase in Phoenix, Arizona last summer:
Daniel Cabrera, OF – LSU
Cabrera is exactly the prototype of a hitter the White Sox like to grab in a draft. He slashed .305/.392/.518 last season, so he knows how to walk. He is probably one of the higher floor guys left in the draft, but that could mean an expedited route to the MLB. One of his player comparisons is Michael Brantley, a corner outfielder with a great swing and good power. Cabrera is definitely the best available bat in the second round right now, so he would have to drop past nine other teams.
Dillon Dingler, C – Ohio State
Dingler converted from outfielder to catcher and slashed .291/.392/.424 his sophomore season. He is improving behind the plate, but has a strong arm and raw power, which many catchers do not naturally possess. Dingler was also on his way to a breakout season in 13 games where he slashed .340/.404/.760 before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the NCAA season. He has plus speed for a catcher, as well.
Carson Montgomery, RHP – Windermere HS
Montgomery sits 94-95 MPH on his heater with a tough breaking ball around 80 MPH. His best asset is consistency and accuracy. He hits the zone and has control over his third pitch, the changeup. Montgomery is one of the most polished arms coming out of high school in this draft. His consistency could lead him to go early in the 2nd round, but if he is there, the Sox should take a look.
Casey Martin, SS/OF – Arkansas
Martin is one of the riskier picks with gigantic upside. He cannot recognize a breaking ball very well leading to a concerning 30% strikeout rate, but he did slug .542 over his three seasons at Arkansas. He will potentially play centerfield down the road. Most scouts place his speed at 75 out of 80, so that is a huge plus for covering ground in the outfield and up the middle. That said, he would need to adjust his mechanics on off-speed pitches to make it far down the road.
Picks 38-160 of the MLB Draft will air at 4:00 P.M. CDT on ESPN 2 and MLB Network tonight.