June 2012

White Sox snag first pitcher and college player with Chris Beck in second round

The White Sox took 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher Chris Beck from Georgia Southern with the No. 76 pick in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft.

Beck has three main pitches in a mid-90s fastball, a slider and a change up. Beck was invited to the Cape Cod All-Star Game after a great summer.

Beck’s 6-7 record doesn’t turn many heads, but he’s thrown 115 strikeouts to just 29 walks, with a 3.91 ERA. He posted a 3.23 ERA with 109 strikeouts his sophomore season.

The South Siders went with another college player in round three, selecting Arizona State second baseman Joey DeMichele, a versatile infielder who has also played third base, with the 108th pick.

DeMichele won the Pac-10 batting crown with a .368 batting average his sophomore year, smashing a team-leading nine home runs.

He once again leads the Sun Devils in batting average this season with a .336 hitting clip and six home runs. DeMichele’s speed is evident with seven triples and a team-high 12 stolen bases this year.

With the No. 141 pick, the White Sox selected their second pitcher in the first three picks on day two with junior college pitcher Brandon Brennan, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed hurler from Orange Coast College.

Brennan, who committed to play at the University of Houston before being drafted, was 11-1 with a 1.25 ERA and a .197 batting average against. His big frame is enticing and his fastball reaches the mid-90s.

Shortstop Nick Basto from powerhouse Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) High School was selected with the 171st pick in the fifth round. Basto, who was heading to Florida International, helped lead the school to its third straight state baseball title this season.

Sixth-round pick Kyle Hansen, who went 5-5 with a 3.46 ERA this season, stands at 6-foot-8. The 201st selection from St. John’s is the older brother of former Red Sox first round pick Craig Hansen.

A local product was selected in Pinckneyville, Ill., native Brandon Hardin with the 321st pick in the 10th round. Hardin played at Delta State and lowered his ERA from 5.77 as a junior to 1.03 this season, after shifting from starter to closer.

The White Sox selected a high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins with the No. 13 pick Monday and followed  in Comp Round A with Keon Barnum, a high school first baseman, with the No. 48 pick.

-Rowan Kavner

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