Nick Hostetler: White Sox Focused On 6 In Draft

The White Sox own the No. 3 pick in the amateur draft, which starts next Tuesday.

Hit & Run with Matt Spiegel
May 28, 2019 - 3:48 pm

(670 The Score) With the start of the MLB amateur draft looming next Monday, White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler has reached the point in which he's too excited to sleep.

The rebuilding White Sox hold the No. 3 pick, offering them the opportunity to add another prized prospect into their mix. The organization has six players in mind for that third pick, Hostetler said on Hit & Run with Matt Spiegel on Sunday morning.

"We have a group of guys that we're really confident in," Hostetler said. "I think how this is going to play out from a not only evaluation standpoint -- on the field, off the field -- but we also got medicals to look at, we got signability numbers, what they're going to start asking for. There's going to be jockeying back and forth with agents and other teams.

"We wanted to make sure we had a group of six guys we were comfortable with. We had set that number. It just settled at six. We feel really confident in six players in this draft. We're going to look at every option, we're going to look at every corner and every turn that each player provides for us, whether that's financial flexibility later in the draft or that's something where we feel this is the best guy that we got to go get.

"Whatever it may be at this point, we're really confident in that group of six and we're going to move forward with that."

Of that group of six players, there's no high school pitcher included, Hostetler said. The White Sox are focused on on a group that's comprised of college and high school position players in addition to college pitchers.

The Orioles own the No. 1 pick, while the Royals hold the No. 2 pick. Many mock drafts predict Baltimore will select Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman and that Kansas City will nab Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. 

Behind them, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Georgia) Catholic High shortstop C.J. Abrams, California first baseman Andrew Vaughn, Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday, Hagerty (Oviedo, Florida) High outfielder Riley Greene, TCU left-hander Nick Lodolo, Arizona State outfielder Hunter Bishop and West Virginia right-hander Alek Manoah are considered some of the top prospects who also fit the White Sox's desire of not being a high school pitcher.