The Chicago White Sox made yet another solid pitching selection. Jared Kelley is bringing his flamethrowing arm to the south side.
The Chicago White Sox drafted a hard-throwing lefty in round one of the 2020 MLB Draft on Monday night. Garrett Crochet is on his way out of the Univerisity of Tennessee. The White Sox showed that they really want to go pitching again in round two when they selected another flamethrower in Jared Kelley. Kelley was a star High School pitcher headed into the draft which is a route that the White Sox doesn’t always go.
He attended Refugio High School in Texas. He throws the ball really hard which is exactly what the White Sox were looking to draft headed into the event. He was the 12th ranked prospect heading into the draft and the White Sox were able to scoop him up at pick number 47. It is an awesome addition for the White Sox as they look to continue building.
So if he is so good, why did he fall to the White Sox at pick 47? Well, there are some good answers to this issue. The fact of the matter is there hasn’t been much high school baseball played on the field in a long time. That caused a lot of them to fall lower in the draft because nobody has seen them play in a while and they are much earlier in their development whereas college players are a little bit more polished than high school kids.
Kelley is from the same town that Nolan Ryan is from which is a pretty cool fun fact that the White Sox provided us with. He struck out 34 players in 12 innings this year which is a large number. He has the ability to use his heat to blow the ball past hitters. This is the type of pick that the White Sox hope pays dividends for them a long time from now.
The White Sox are continuing to draft well as it goes on here so hopefully, they are able to bring in some more studs to replenish their farm system as guys start to come and go. This is an organization that is in it to win it and it is fun to watch.