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Experience continues to carry weight in Round 8

Through the first eight rounds of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, it's clear the White Sox are going with experience over youth.

Chicago made it seven college players in eight picks by selecting fifth-year senior John Ziznewski of Long Island University-Brooklyn with its eighth-round pick (No. 228 overall).

Ziznewski played the past two seasons at LIU-Brooklyn after transferring from Rockland County College. In two seasons with the Blackbirds, he put up a slash line of .363/.430/.567 and was 35-for-39 in stolen bases.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 12 p.m. CT.

White Sox assistant director of scouting Nick Hostetler said his scouts tracking Ziznewski were high on the shortstop's swing.

"He did a really good job this year of putting the ball in play, not striking out much and that for us was an interesting, intriguing numbers for us to take a shot on him there in that spot," Hostetler said.

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for
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