CLEVELAND -- The White Sox agreed to terms with nine of their Top 10 picks from the 2016 Draft, including one of their two first-round picks, right-handed pitcher Zack Burdi.Burdi was taken 26th overall as compensation for Jeff Samardzija signing as a free agent with the Giants. Burdi, 21, went
CLEVELAND -- The White Sox agreed to terms with nine of their Top 10 picks from the 2016 Draft, including one of their two first-round picks, right-handed pitcher Zack Burdi.
Burdi was taken 26th overall as compensation for Jeff Samardzija signing as a free agent with the Giants. Burdi, 21, went 1-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings pitched for Louisville, with 47 strikeouts and 11 saves over 27 appearances. He helped lead the Cardinals, who finished atop the Atlantic Coast Conference, to a 50-12 overall record and a 22-8 record in the ACC.
"To have the opportunity to be a part of it and the organization and have that opportunity placed in front of me is something I'm grateful for," said Burdi, during a conference call the night of his selection. "And I can't thank the White Sox organization enough."
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Twenty-six of the White Sox 41 picks agreed to terms with the team. Those players will be joining Advance Rookie Great Falls, which opened its season on Friday, and the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, who look to defend their 2015 Arizona League championship beginning June 20.
The White Sox have signed the following Draft picks: Burdi; RHP Alec Hansen (2nd round); OF Alexander Call (3rd); OF Jameson Fisher (4th); RHP Jimmy Lambert (5th); SS Luis Curbelo (6th); LHP Bernardo Flores (7th); C Nathan Nolan (8th); SS Max Dutto (9th); RHP Ian Hamilton (11th); SS Mitch Roman (12th); C Michael Hickman (13th); RHP Jake Elliott (15th); RHP Ben Wright (16th); RHP Brad Haymes (17th); RHP Lane Hobbs (18th); 1B Anthony Villa (19th); RHP Matthew Foster (20th); LHP Michael Horejsei (21st); OF Joel Booker (22nd); SS Samuel Dexter (23rd); 3B Brady Conlan (24th); OF Aaron Schnurbusch (28th); RHP Pat Cashman (30th); RHP Sean Renzi (32nd); and LHP Ryan Boelter (33rd).
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