SOX DRAFT KW-JR & JOR-DANKS

The White Sox drafted a couple of centerfielders with links to the Southside. Kenny Williams, Jr. was chosen as a Senior, 180th overall, out of Wichita State University. KW-JR is of course the son of White Sox GM Kenny Williams. The younger Williams is a switch-hitting outfielder, who batted .325 this past year for the Shockers. Thirty picks later a Junior was chosen out of the University of Texas by the name of Jordan Danks. Jordan is the younger brother of Sox lefthander John Danks. As a Longhorn in 2008, Jordan, a lefty swinger batted .321.

Chicago didn’t have a second round pick, so they had to wait until the third round to select Cal Poly thirdbaseman Brent Morel. The big guy, 6’2″ 220, out of Bakersfield batted .368 for the Mustangs in 2008. Morel said, he was glad to be taken by the White Sox because he’d heard they were in need of some thirdbase help, guess he never heard of Joe Crede & Josh Fields.

The 120th player picked is a college relief pitcher by the name of Drew O’Neil out of Penn State. Drew is a 6’3″ 200 pound Senior righthander with a funky motion, ala Pat Neshek. In 2008 he had a 1.88 ERA saving 11 games for the Nittany Lions.

Before selecting Williams Chicago chose Daniel Hudson a pitcher out of Old Dominion. This Virginia Beach righthander stands 6’4″ and weighs 220 pounds. While not overpowering, he did strikeout 107 batters to lead the CAA in 92 innings pitched. Opponents batted .249 against Hudson.

After choosing Danks the Sox went local. Downers Grove’s Kevin Dubler was chosen out of Illinois State. The Junior lefthanded hitting catcher put up some impressive offensive numbers for the Redbirds batting .358 with 23 doubles & nine home runs in only 190 at bats.

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