@SOXNERD BLOG JUNE 14: THE OLD COLLEGE TRY

Jake Burger (Missouri State photo)
@SoxNerd Blog for June 14:

*BOOLAH-BOOLAH: The White Sox dipped into the college ranks for their first round pick earlier this week but should come as no surprise.

Missouri State slugger Jake Burger became the fourth consecutive collegian taken by the Sox with their top pick in the draft. In addition, the Sox have used 14 of their last 15 top picks on college players.

The last high schooler taken by the Sox in the first round was outfielder Courtney Hawkins in 2012. He is at high Class-A Winston-Salem.

*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question flashed on the Sox scoreboard for the team’s last home game on this date in 2016: Who was the White Sox home run leader the season they hit a club-record 242 roundtrippers (answer below)?

*REMEMEMBER HIM? You can’t blame the Sox for avoiding high school with their top selection. The last prepster they took in the first round that was remotely close to a contributor for them was catcher Mark Johnson, who was taken with the 24th overall pick in 1994.

*WHAT ABOUT …: This does not count left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez, thriving with the Washington Nationals, whom the Sox took out of high school with a bonus first round pick in 2004.

The Sox traded Gonzalez before he reached the bigs.

*HIGH SCHOOL STARS: The high schoolers that the Sox took with their top pick that did pan out are Carlos May (1966), Steve Trout (1976), Harold Baines (1977) and Ron Karkovice (1982).

*WHITE SOX ALAMANAC: On this date in 1905, “Gorgeous” George Davis swiped a club record four bases, scored two runs and drove in two in the White Sox 5-3 win over at Washington.

Davis, a future Hall of Famer, drove in Jimmy Callahan with the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth. 

*LEGACY: The Sox took Gavin Sheets in the second round on Monday.

Sheets, out of Wake Forest, is the son of Larry Sheets, who hit the final roof shot home run at Comiskey Park by a visitor on May 9, 1987.

Playing for the Orioles, Larry Sheets said: “A home run is a home run,” in the next day’s Tribune.

*STUMPER ANSWER: Paul Konerko (41 in 2004)

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