The Chicago White Sox dipped back into the prep pool with their fifth-round selection.
With the 155th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Sox selected Tanner McDougal, a right-handed pitcher out of Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At 6-foot-5 and 185 lbs, McDougal has good stuff and throws with power. His fastball is his best pitch and it hovers around 92-94 MPH. McDougal can however reach back and touch 96 when he wants to. Scouts say he has struggled with his command at times, so that’s something he’ll need to work on.
An Oregon commit, scouts are questioning McDougal’s signability. Many are speculating on whether or not the 18-year-old will attempt to increase his draft stock with the Ducks.
In their draft profile, MLB.com describes McDougal as follows.
“McDougal has arm strength and projection in his 6-foot-5 frame, with a fastball typically up to 93-94 mph, though he was in the mid-90s during a Draft combine performance that helped his stock. He showed off premium spin rates on his breaking stuff at the combine, though with a little lower slot, his slider and curve can run into each other at times”– MLB.com Draft Profile – Tanner McDougal
You can watch McDougal mow down opponents in this highlight video from Five Tool Baseball.
If the White Sox are able to coax the young pitcher into signing, the projected slot value for McDougal at number 155 is currently $340.0K.