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Who should the White Sox and Cubs draft?
The first day of the 2014 MLB draft will be held tomorrow night in Secaucus, New Jersey, and the Houston Astros (1st Overall) will get their cream of the crop to add to their farm system. The White Sox have the third pick this year (behind the Miami Marlins), and Sox fans are eager to see which top prospect will be welcomed into the White Sox family. The Cubs will pick directly after the Sox, so they too will be eager to see who the Sox take.
Top selections in the draft include southpaws Brady Aiken and Carlos Rodon, right-handed pitchers Aaron Nola and Tyler Kolek, catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson, outfielder Michael Conforto, and shortstop Nick Gordon.
This year’s mock draft according to MLB.com predicts that the Astros will select pitcher Brady Aiken, a 17-year-old southpaw from San Diego. The second best pitcher on the list is LHP Carlos Rodon of North Carolina State. While this mock draft predicts that Miami will draft Rodon, a mock draft from bleacherreport.com disagrees. They predict that the White Sox will draft Rodon while the Cubs will draft high school RHP Tyler Kolek.
Either way, its safe to say that the Sox and Cubs will draft pitchers using their high picks. “I could probably sit here right now and say that more than likely we’re gonna end up with a pitcher,” said Doug Laumann, White Sox director of amateur scouting. “We’ve got pretty much a group narrowed down to five or six guys, one of which is a position player, the other five are pitchers, so I’m fairly confident that we’re gonna end up with a real nice arm.”
The position player that Laumann is most likely referring to is C/OF Alex Jackson because he is the first utility player prediction to be selected first. Since the Sox are fairly confident about selecting a pitcher, they’ll probably pass on Jackson, who might be drafted by the Marlins anyway.
The Cubs want to add pitching to their organization, too, but if Aiken, Rodon, and Kolek are the first three pitchers selected, they may want to draft an outfielder. If these top three arms do get selected first, the Cubs might want to draft Alex Jackson, or possibly OF Michael Conforto of Oregon State University. This year at Oregon State, Conforto had a .351 batting average, with 7 home runs, and 55 RBI’s in 56 games. What are your thoughts about who Chicago’s teams should draft?