White Sox Draft Missouri State Third Baseman Jake Burger
White Sox draft power hitting third baseman from Missouri State with 11th overall pick in MLB Draft. The South Siders add much needed depth at third base.
The Chicago White Sox filled a need at third base as they drafted third baseman Jake Burger from Missouri State University on Monday with the 11th overall pick in the MLB Draft. Burger, a power hitting third baseman at Missouri State should become the Sox top third base prospect.
With Burger being selected by the Sox, he fills a need a third base in the South Siders minor league system. The Sox don’t have a third base prospect ranked higher than 18th in their farm system according to mlbpipeline.com. Trey Michalczewski is the highest ranked third base prospect at 18.
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Burger played three seasons at Missouri State and compiled a career slash line of .339/.420/.620 for the Bears. This past season, Burger hit 22 home runs with 65 RBIs for Missouri State and led the team to the NCAA Tournament. The 21-year-old third baseman did a great job of getting on base in 2017 as he had 43 walks to just 38 strikeouts in 63 games.
The Sox were linked to many other players in this draft, but not many mock drafts had the team selecting Burger. With the selection of Burger, the Sox continue adding solid prospects to an already strong farm system.
The Sox had an impressive draft in 2016, and they’re looking to continue their momentum with this year’s draft. With the selection of Burger, the Sox can work on adding possibly more pitching or outfielders with their remaining picks.
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As the Sox struggles continue this season, the front office has done a good job of building a solid future for the organization. Although the Sox could have another top 15 draft pick next year, the future continues to look bright on the South Side.