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Second-rounder Hansen's heat wows White Sox

Big Univ. of Oklahoma righty throws 97-100 mph
MLB.com @scottmerkin

CHICAGO -- If the 2016 MLB Draft took place at this same time in 2015, then University of Oklahoma right-hander Alec Hansen was probably projected to be the No. 1 overall pick, according to White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler.

So it's understandable why Hostetler was so excited to get Hansen at No. 49 overall in the second round as the team's third pick. University of Miami catcher Zack Collins went to the White Sox at No. 10 overall, and University of Louisville right-hander Zack Burdi was selected at No. 26.

CHICAGO -- If the 2016 MLB Draft took place at this same time in 2015, then University of Oklahoma right-hander Alec Hansen was probably projected to be the No. 1 overall pick, according to White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler.

So it's understandable why Hostetler was so excited to get Hansen at No. 49 overall in the second round as the team's third pick. University of Miami catcher Zack Collins went to the White Sox at No. 10 overall, and University of Louisville right-hander Zack Burdi was selected at No. 26.

"Big-time power fastball. It's 97 to 100," said Hostetler of Hansen, who is listed at 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds. "I actually saw him on Mother's Day, which my wife probably wasn't too excited about me being there. But it's four plus pitches when he's on.

No. 10 overall: Zack Collins

No. 26 overall: Zack Burdi

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"There's some mechanical things we feel we can fix. The guys in the room, [White Sox pitching coach] Don Cooper looked at some video for us, feels there's some small mechanical adjustments that as soon as we make them, he's going to take off."

Hansen posted a 5.40 ERA over 14 games this season and walked 39 over 51 2/3 innings. But he also struck out 75.

This addition completed a day that couldn't have left Hostetler and his staff happier, starting with Collins, who was their No. 1 target since the first week of April.

"Zack was the guy," Hostetler said. "We kind of highlighted him, circled him and I ran everybody in under the sun to see him. We were pretty happy and to [general manager Rick Hahn's] credit, he struck out three times when Rick saw him, so Rick trusts the scouts."

There was even a nice moment for the White Sox having nothing to do with their Draft, when Corey Ray was taken No. 5 overall by the Brewers. Ray is a proud Chicagoan and graduate of the exceptional White Sox Amateur City Elite youth baseball program.

Brewers select Louisville OF Ray with pick No. 5

"We were happy for Corey, excited for him," Hostetler said. "When Corey went, we all clapped, and a pretty cool moment for the kid because we all know him personally."

The White Sox have been assigned a pool of $9,416,600, ranking them seventh overall. That number is slightly down from $9,509,700 in '14, which stood as a franchise high coming off a 99-loss campaign. The value assigned to Chicago's first-round pick is $3,380,600; the value is $2,128,500 at No. 26 and $1,284,500 at No. 49.

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 11:30 a.m. CT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at noon CT.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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