@SoxNerd Blog for May 10 …
*PICK ‘EM? The White Sox were defeated by one of their best draft values on Tuesday night.
Hector Santiago, the White Sox 30th round pick in 2006, worked into the seventh inning for the win in Minnesota’s 7-2 triumph at Guaranteed Rate Field at the start of a six-game homestand.
The left-hander is just one of 13 players drafted by the Sox in the 30th round or lto play for the club.
The most noteworthy name on that list is Mark Buehrle, who was the Sox 38th round pick as a “draft-and-follow” in 1998.
Jason Bere was also a late-round gem. The fireballing right-hander, who was a key member of the Sox 1993 A.L. West title team, was a 36th round pick in 1990.
Joe Borowski, who played 12 years in the bigs, was drafted by the Sox in the 32nd round of the 1989 draft. The right-hander, who led the A.L. with 45 saves for the 2008 Indians, was a member of the Sox chain for just one season before being dealt to Baltimore for … PETE ROSE JR.
*SOX STUMPER: This was my trivia question that appeared on the Sox scoreboard on this date in 2014 when they played the Diamondbacks: Who is the only Hall of Famer to play for the White Sox and the Diamondbacks?
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1995, Chris Sabo’s two-run home run in the eighth inning — his only four-bagger as a Southsider — lifted the White Sox to an 8-7 win over the Minnesota Twins before 15,816 at Comiskey Park. Ray Durham got the inning going with a single a — his third hit of the night — and Sabo followed with the key homer off Mark Guthrie.
*MORE DRAFT: Santiago was the highlight of the 2006 draft for the Sox.
Pitcher Kyle McCulloch was the top pick but he never came close to making the bigs.
The only other members of that draft to make the Sox were pitchers Brian Omogrosso (sixth round) and Jake Petricka (38th round).
Petricka did not sign and was later drafted and signed by the Sox in the second round in 2010. That is the same path Jeff Abbott followed (drafted in the 32nd round in 1993, did not sign before being drafted and signed in 1994).
*LATEST ROUND: Mario Valdez is the highest-round draft pick to play for the Sox.
The left-handed hitting first baseman played briefly for the Sox in 1997 after being picked by the club in the 48th round in 1993.
*THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY: The list of Sox late-round picks that got away is something else.
Mike Lowell, 2007 World Series MVP, spurned the Sox out of high school after being a 48th round pick in 1992.
Placido Polanco, a three-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, passed on the Sox following a 49th round selection in 1993.
Others prominent late-rounders who said no to the Sox were Eric Gagne, Tom Gorzelanny and Tony Sipp.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Roberto Alomar