And those are almost precisely the athletes the team
had been targeting.
"We were really happy with Gordon Beckham, our first-round pick," Laumann said. "And we had kind of
targeted our third-round pick, Brent Morel, and felt
very fortunate to get him as well."
By design, the majority of the players taken by the
White Sox were position players. Twenty-eight of their
49 selections fit that description, after taking
pitchers with their first six picks in the 2007
First-Year Player Draft.
"We thought we had a need last year to add arms,"
Laumann said. "And we felt we didn't have any impact
bats so, you take what's best available, but we did
try and slant it a little toward position players."
Overall, the White Sox selected 20 pitchers, 16
infielders, seven catchers and six outfielders.
Twenty-nine of their selections were college players.
One late-round position player Laumann is particularly
excited to see play is Andrew Garcia, a 22-year-old
second baseman out of UC Riverside.
"He is a grandson of a former big league manager, and
he really, really knows how to play the game," Laumann
said. "He doesn't have the greatest of tools, but we
thought he could shore up the middle infield of one of
our Minor League clubs, and sometimes guys with those
types of genes kind of overachieve and get themselves
to the big leagues."
Among the pitchers selected was 23rd-round pick Kyle
Long, son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, and brother
of Chris Long, take second by the Rams in this year's
"He's an interesting, physical young man," Laumann said
of Long. "A big, strong, 6-foot-7, 275 pounds. He
looks like a prototypical offensive lineman in the
NFL. I saw him last summer, and he was extraordinarily
talented. He didn't have a particularly good high
"You know you get to certain point in the Draft where,
I think, he didn't live up to the expectations that
the industry thought he did, and we felt like maybe
over the next two to three months we can see what we
can do with him, and see what mechanical and physical
things happen to him."
White Sox top five selections
|8.||SS||Gordon Beckham||U of Georgia|
|86.||3B||Brent Morel||Cal Poly San Luis Obispo|
|120.||RHP||Andrew O'Neil||Penn St U|
|150.||RHP||Daniel Hudson||Old Dominion U|
|180.||CF||Kenneth Williams||Wichita St U|
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In addition to Long, the White Sox selected a number
of other players from prominent athletic bloodlines,
such as Kenny Williams Jr., and Jordan Danks, brother
of White Sox starter John Danks.
And Laumann strongly believes that family lineage
plays an important role in a player's development and
"No question about it that it does," Laumann said. "I
think it works from a positive standpoint. Certainly,
[Long's] got an athlete-rich family -- a little more
football than baseball -- but he's been committed to
wanting to play baseball, so we took a shot at him."
When the dust had settled, Laumann was pleased with
the White Sox overall Draft, and sounded optimistic
about the organization's future talent.
"We feel like we did a great job and our scouts and
supervisors were very diligent with what they did," he
said. "We took some guys that had high ceilings that
might be a little tough to sign down the road, but we
need to do things like that, just in case our
situation changes sometime in the summer."