White Sox: Meet Day 2 Picks from the 2017 MLB Draft
3rd Round, 87th Overall – Luis Gonzalez, CF, University of New Mexico
The White Sox certainly added a great player in Gonzalez. The junior was a standout for the Lobos both in the field and as a pitcher. It’s rare to see a guy become a two-way player in the majors. Gonzalez did it very well in college, but the White Sox have him pegged as a center fielder. And he should be a good one.
The 21-year-old was ranked 106th overall in the MLB.com pre-draft rankings. The left hander hit .361 and had 14 stolen bases. In his career, he was 35-of-36 in stolen bases. In 598 at bats for New Mexico, he drew 124 walks and only struck out 71 times.
Gonzalez also pitched for the Lobos, although he numbers weren’t as impressive. In 36 games, 22 of them being starts, he was 11-6 with a 6.12 ERA. That isn’t good enough to get it done in the majors but he should be an excellent center fielder.
"“Luis is a five-tool-type center fielder. He’s going to stay in center field. He can really play out there. He can run.” Nick Hostetler, Director of Amateur Scouting"