Chicago White Sox plan to watch 2022 MLB Draft

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The 2022 MLB Draft approaches this weekend, and the Chicago White Sox could follow in a lot of different ways, so who should they draft at 26?

We’ve reached the point in the MLB season where the focus is on All-Star Week and the Draft as teams enjoy a mid-season break. This year’s draft will be interesting for the Chicago White Sox as they are expected to pick 26th overall after an AL Central title last year.

With an agricultural system in need of rebuilding, where should the White Sox turn for choice? We have a few options below.

Rocking Kumar

Rocking Kumar is easily one of the most interesting names currently in the draft. Last year’s tenth draft pick by the Mets obviously didn’t end up with the team, and instead played in the Frontier League, so where will be drafted this year?

He won’t go as high as the tenth pick this year, a lot of people think he’ll be picked in the second half of the first round, but no one can know exactly where. His stats in the Frontier League are skewed as he’s better than almost all of his competitors, but they’re still incredibly impressive. Rumors swirled that Rocker could be called up earlier than other drafted players and used as a reliever, similar to what the Chicago White Sox did with Garret Hook and Chris Sale.

Statistics:

Frontier League = (1-0) 1.35 ERA 20 innings 32K

College = (28-10) 2.89 ERA 236 innings 321 K

Cade Horton

Oklahoma’s Horton is an interesting prospect. He missed all of 2021 due to Tommy John’s surgery and played well in the 2022 regular season. However, his draft stock grew very quickly due to the way he played in the Colleges. World Series 2022. Horton had broken the World Series record for strikeouts in a World Series Finals game with 13 strikeouts.

The White Sox have drafted position players in four of the last five drafts, so one would think they might be looking to bolster their pitching prospects with this draft. Horton’s fastball ranges from the mid to upper 90s and a slider that hit 90 mph multiple times in college. After having Tommy John surgery, it’s still very impressive for a 20-year-old.

Cade Horton is the 4th pitcher since the 1999 NCAA Tournament expansion with multiple 10-strikeout starts in an MCWS. Alex Faedo for Florida in 2017 Trevor Bauer for UCLA in 2010 Jason Windsor for CSU Fullerton in 2004 https://t.co/2lz302ETrK

Statistics:

College = (5-2) 4.86 ERA 53 innings 64K

Gabriel Hughes

Hughes had a terrific career at Gonzaga, with very similar talents to Horton, a power pitcher who throws a superior 90s fastball and off-speed speed as well. He’s another pitcher who could greatly benefit a team looking to move a player quickly and use them in the bullpen rather than being a starter right off the bat.

In terms of drafting a pitcher, if Rocker is taken, Hughes should be the guy the Sox consider drafting at No. 26. He’s someone who would fit in very well on a White Sox pitching team. who has benefited from a strong throw lately.

Statistics:

College = (12-8) 3.05 ERA 171 innings 218 K

Chase DeLauter

The only non-pitch on this list is a powerful left-handed outfielder from James Madison University. DeLauter is a powerful bat with exceptional output speed. He showed signs of swing and miss, but gradually improved over his three seasons at JMU. The White Sox already have two top outfield prospects in Yoelqui Cespedes and Oscar Colas, but DeLauter could be used as a DH and an outfielder, and the Sox desperately need more left-handed bats in the organization.

Statistics:

College (3 seasons) = .402/.520/.715 66 G 15 HR 70 RBI 24 SB 62 BB

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