With their seventh-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the White Sox picked a player who impressed on the mound, but who they want to play the infield.
Chicago took Creighton junior Jake Peter (No. 198 overall), a left-handed hitting shortstop who also pitched 23 innings in relief the past two seasons.
The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.
Per MLB.com's scouting report, Peter has shown swing-and-miss stuff, with a fastball that tops out at 96 mph. He picked up seven saves as a part-time closer, and though it's a small sample size, he racked up 11.35 strikeouts per nine innings. In 154 games over three seasons for Creighton, Peter hit .292 with a .793 OPS while playing mostly second base.
White Sox assistant director of scouting Nick Hostetler said Creighton played Peter at second to save his arm for pitching. The Sox area scout developed a relationship with Peter after seeing him play with Team USA last year.
"We feel he can play shortstop, we feel like he can stay at shortstop," Hostetler said. "We like the upside in the bat, and we have no intention to pitch him."
MLB.com Draft expert Jim Callis agreed that Peter has the tools to play shortstop.
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.