Lechich is White Sox first outfield Draft pick

The White Sox have their first outfielder of the Draft, selecting senior center fielder Louie Lechich with their sixth-round pick (No. 168 overall) on Friday.

The left-handed-hitting Lechich was a three-year starter at the University of San Diego. He hit .342/.396/.542 with seven homers, 46 RBIs and 45 runs this past season.

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

MLB.com Draft expert Jim Callis said Lechich possesses good athleticism, runs well and has arm strength, but he'll have to work on his hitting more than anything.

"He needs to refine his approach at the plate … but there are some tools there," Callis said. "If he can more consistent with the bat, he can be a big leaguer."

The White Sox had Lechich on their board for last year's Draft as well.

Assistant director of scouting Nick Hostetler said Lechich would start as a center fielder, but he could possibly move to a corner outfield spot.

"We're excited this year to bring him back in the fold … you see a few of those seniors that you kind of get that gut feel that a guy's going to really end up developing into a big leaguer, and he was one of those guys," Hostetler said. "He's an athletic kid. "There's a little bit of upside in the bat. A few mechanical things in his swing that we're going to need to help, but again the common thing here is these kids are pretty good athletes, and when you have an athlete, you're going to be able to make adjustments."

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.