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On the second day of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft the Chicago White Sox selected left-handed pitcher Jace Fry with the 77th overall selection, the third pick of the third round.
Fry, a junior out of Oregon State, had Tommy John surgery in 2012, but as his MLB.com scouting report states, ha is “showing no ill effects.”
"“Fry uses deception and pitchability to allow his average stuff to play up. His fastball will top out in the low 90s, but it has a good amount of sink and tail to it. He’ll add and subtract from his curveball to give hitters different looks, and his changeup often features good sink. He attacks hitters well, though he can get into trouble when he doesn’t keep his stuff down in the zone.”"
Fry (6-1, 200 pounds) was previously drafted in 2011 in the ninth round by the Oakland Athletics.
This season with the Beavers, Fry was 11-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 16 starts. He pitched four complete games and his innings count reached 120.1 total on the season.
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On the season he held his opponents to a .196 batting average.
The Oregonian wrote the following on Fry:
"“He threw a no-hitter against Northern Illinois this season … In three seasons with the Beavers, Fry, a 2014 All-American, has a 16-6 record and 2.16 ERA. Opponents are hitting .205 against him and he has struck out 153 in 216 1/3 innings over 35 games, 29 of which have been starts.”"
This pick intrigues me for the fact he has had Tommy John surgery already once before he’s even reached the Majors, but if he does continue to stay healthy, Fry could be in the White Sox rotation, or possibly in the bullpen.
He also throws a fastball in the low 90s, but has deception, so that could be fun to watch as well.
If can end up in either one of those spots on the roster, the White Sox could eventually use him in either of those roles.