The Chicago White Sox hit a home run with Noah Schultz
The Chicago White Sox are serious about developing its pitching staff. If they weren’t, then they wouldn’t have taken two pitchers in the first two rounds of the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft this July.
The White Sox know that they need the help, and they are doing what they can to get it. Noah Schultz was the first player taken by the White Sox in this edition of the 2022 Draft.
Schultz is a left-handed pitching prospect from Aurora, Illinois. He played his high school baseball at Oswego East High School. He comes in having graduated this year and had committed to play baseball at Vanderbilt University but has decided to turn pro.
The contract that Schultz signed was a minor league deal with a $2.8 million signing bonus. Now he is bound to hit pro baseball instead of going to school.
The Chicago White Sox made an outstanding selection with Noah Schultz.
When it comes to size Schultz stands at a whopping six feet nine inches and weighs 220 pounds. He’s currently 18 years old (almost 19). Schultz came into the draft ranked as one of the best players in the draft.
When looking at some of his upsides, it’s clear to see why the White Sox took him where they did in the draft at 26th overall. He has a hot fastball that comes in on the radar gun around the mid-’90s. He gets a near-great spin on his slider and can also throw a decent changeup.
Other things that Schultz seems to do well include pitching well against lefties, solid ball placement in the strike zone, and top-of-the-line command and control when he throws strikes.
He gets a lot of comparisons to Randy Johnson as far as size goes. The good thing about Schultz is that he has even more room to grow and the possibility to get stronger which should scare a lot of hitters if he makes it to the Major Leagues.
A drawback to this young pitching prospect, which should get better over time, includes getting a little more off his fastball. That is something that he is sure to work on.
There is a lot that Schultz can do and he has a lot of room to grow and develop. This should make the White Sox very happy because when he’s fully developed, they will have a pitching prospect that can do some damage to lefties while keeping right-handed hitters under control.
The sky is truly the limit for Schultz thanks to his wealth of upside. Look for him to be playing up in the Major Leagues one day and becoming one of the best pitchers the White Sox have had in a while. He will also be a sure-fire Cy Young Award candidate once he hits the Majors.