@SoxNerd Blog for June 12 …
On the day the draft begins, here are some nuggets on the Sox and the MLB’s annual pickfest:
*NO. 11: The White Sox own the 11th overall pick in the draft, which starts today.
The only time the Sox had that choice was in 1975 when they selected right-handed pitcher Chris Knapp out of Central Michigan University.
Knapp, who made his big league debut for the Sox 93 days after being picked, went 15-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 40 games (32 starts) for the Southsiders from 1975 to 1977.
The Michigander was 12-7 for the 1977 Hitmen and his trade directly netted Richard Dotson and ultimately netted Joey Cora and Warren Newson.
Not a bad pick.
*THE BULL: You know who else was taken at No. 11?
“The Bull” himself, Greg Luzinski, a slugging presence on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox.
The Phillies took the burly first baseman out of Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame High School in 1968.
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question displayed on the Sox scoreboard for the team’s last home game on this date (2016): Which son of a big league manager earned his only big league win for the Sox on this date in 1985 (answer below)?
*ALSO AT 11: Other notables picked at 11 were Jim Spencer, Andrew McCutchen, Addison Russell, Max Scherzer and Walt Weiss.
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 2005, Aaron Rowand’s three-run homer in the 10th off Trevor Hoffman delivered the first-place White Sox an 8-5 win at San Diego.
The Sox tied the game with two in the eighth and Rowand’s homer made a winner out of Cliff Politte, who fashioned two perfect innings of relief.
*HISTORY: No matter who the White Sox take, history says there’s a decent chance he will play in the big leagues.
Through 2012 (the draft that developed the most recent big leaguer in Russell), 71 percent of the players (34-of-48) taken at 11 have played in the bigs.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Bruce Tanner son of Chuck Tanner