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Guillen's son Ozney doesn't get drafted

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The White Sox - and every other major league team - passed on drafting Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's son in the major league draft that concluded Wednesday.

The Sox had drafted Ozney Guillen, a corner infielder, out of high school in the 22nd round a year ago. He opted to attend Miami Dade Junior College instead of signing with the Sox, and batted .347 with one home run.

Any team can offer Guillen a free aget contract, but he will not be offered one by the Sox.

"No. We will not,'' general manager Ken Williams said before the Sox played the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday night. "I think the potential for distractions weigh heavily towards a situation that's not in anybody's best interests.''

Ozzie Guillen was not happy that Ozney was taken as late as the 22nd round last season, and it caused friction between him, his family and Williams. On Wednesday, Guillen said he was OK with his son not being among the 1,530 players chosen over the draft's 50 rounds.

"The Sox have their own way," he said. "They can draft whoever they want. I don't expect the Sox to draft my kid because he's my kid. I expect the Sox to sign the people they think can help them in the future.

"Maybe he's not that good.''

Sox scouting director Doug Laumann pointed to Ozney's shortage of power as a possible drawback for a corner infielder.

"[Dominican Academy director] Rafael Santana's kid went in the second round [by the Dodgers],'' Williams said. "Doug Laumann's kid went to Atlanta. I tried to talk our people out of taking my son [in the fifth round in '08].

"Nobody can afford to pass someone because of some sort of personal issue. I love the Guillen family. Just three days ago I expressed that to everyone. The peripheral stuff that came out recently is the same stuff that came out last year. I can't tell you anything more than I told you the last time before that, and the last time before that.''

The latest "peripheral" was a Tweet by Oney Guillen, Ozney's brother, questioning the Sox' first pick in the draft on Monday night.

"It's just inconsequential to me now,'' Williams said. "It is, but with respect to moving forward and the potential for other things to arise as a result of the draft yesterday and today and the decision and if we'd gotten him in the organization, it's an organizational thing that is too great to deal with. We're not going there any more."

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