With their second-round pick in the amateur draft, the White Sox went back to the college ranks Tuesday for right-hander Chris Beck of Georgia Southern. They chose Arizona State second baseman Joey DeMichele with their third-round pick and right-hander Brandon Brennan from Orange Coast (Calif.) junior college in the fourth round.
Beck, a 6-3, 235-pound junior, was projected as high as a top-10 pick in some draft forecasts before the season but he dropped somewhat after posting a 6-7 record and 3.91 ERA.
A 35th-round pick out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in 2009, Beck's ERA as a freshman in college was 8.31. He made big strides as a sophomore, going 9-5 with a 3.23 ERA. His fastball is in the low-to-mid 90s range.
Beck was taken with the 76th pick overall, the 15th player chosen in the second round.
"He got so bulky it inhibited his delivery,'' scouting director Doug Laumann said. "We thought we had a chance to get a potential first-round talent at 76.''
"I just improved a little bit every year on everything, from my velocity to adding a couple more pitched and working on the ones I had," Beck recently told the Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald. "It wasn't rocket science just to do that, but I think it's more what I did off the field and the work I put in to prepare for what's about to come up. I think talent speaks for itself, but what gets your name called is the work you put in off the field."
The Sox selected high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins from Corpus Christi, Texas with the 13th overall pick on Monday before taking Tampa, Fla., high school first baseman Keon Barnum with the 48th overall pick in the supplemental round.
The Sox took Nicholas Basto, a high school shortstop from Miami, in the fifth round. Kyle Hansen, a 6-8 right-hander with low 90s fastball, was the Sox' sixth-round pick, from St. John's. Left-handed hitting high school catcher Jose Barazza from Fresno, Calif., was taken in the seventh round.
DeMichele also plays third base and hits from the left side. He is considered to be a good doubles hitter with a good eye whose results might overshadow his tools. He led the Sun Devlis in hitting this season.
Brennan (11-1) finished with a 1.25 earned-run average. The 6-4, 220-pound freshman pitched into 11th inning in his last game.
"We were very excited with the two kids we got yesterday [with the first two picks],'' Laumann said. "Today, we tried to play the board as best we could. Got a lot of middle infielders and young kids.''