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Baseball America thinks the White Sox target only ‘athletic’ outfielders

May 10, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

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I have some sympathy for anyone asked to do an MLB mock draft. Football and basketball are difficult enough, but baseball adds layers of extra complexity with the high school-college mix, signability issues, metal bats and so much else fouling in the mix. In a baseball mock draft, one might have a good idea of the top two or three picks, but there’s no surety after that. So, it makes sense to look at what teams did previously and see if there are some patterns that might repeat themselves. That’s what Baseball America’s Jim Callis did in projecting the White Sox pick in his mock today.

17. WHITE SOX: Chicago used its top choice on athletic outfielders in 2009 (Jared Mitchell), 2011 (Keenyn Walker) and 2012 (Courtney Hawkins), and could go that route again with Stanford’s Austin Wilson or Fresno State’s Aaron Judge, who have massive power potential and two of the best bodies in the draft. Sox executive Ken Williams is a former Cardinal outfielder himself.

PROJECTED PICK: AUSTIN WILSON.

OK, guys, three guesses what all of these “athletic” outfielders have in common. First two don’t count.

  1. cur68 - May 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    They are gritty?

    • caeser12 - May 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Beat me to it.

      So I’ll say, they’re all left-handed?

    • bigleagues - May 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      The spirit of Jimmy the Greek lives on!

      In other news, anyone know of a good bookmaker with a clearly traceable Mediterranean ancestry?

  2. largebill - May 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Speedy, non-power hitters?

  3. GoneYickitty - May 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    French?

  4. Beer Fart Meatball - May 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Baseball America is forgetting that the Sox promoted their “Athletic” GM. They replaced him with more of a “grinder-type,” a “fundamentally-sound student of the game,” if you will.

  5. stlouis1baseball - May 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Well…that is because the White Sox Organization is a bunch of bigoted, racist bastards.
    Everyone knows ANYTIME someone mentions the word “athletic” when talking about an “athlete” that person reallys means “black.” They simply can NOT be talking about a Latino, a Caucasion, an Italian, a Pole, a Greek, a German, a Czech, a Spaniard, a French Canadian, etc… It is obvious!
    RAGE!

  6. El Bravo - May 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Urban outfielders?

    • stlouis1baseball - May 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Bwahahahahaha! Cough, cough…hahahaha! Cough, spit, /take drink, lol!

      “Urban Outfielders.”

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Does that mean they all wear ironic t-shirts under their unis?

      • El Bravo - May 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        wow, didn’t even realize how close to outfitters that is… nice play.

      • El Bravo - May 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        finally, the Braves are kicking their ass in this deptartment.

  7. caeser12 - May 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    “Heady.”

  8. El Bravo - May 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    ps. isn’t that racial profiling?

  9. rbj1 - May 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    They all rate extremely high on the will to win scale.

  10. caeser12 - May 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    All of them have the letter A in their names.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    “best bodies in the draft”

    Will there be a White Sox Prospects Calendar in the making?

    • gloccamorra - May 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Bingo! It’s not just the White Sox, ALL scouts are now dabbling in amateur physiology and “projecting” bodies. Some guy in a San Diego online Q&A wrote the scouts are looking for race horses, which tend to be high strung and fragile, and ignore working ponies and draft horses that are more durable and dependably get the job done. If you don’t have the athletic build they’re looking for, you’re out of luck. Even if you get to the minors, you can succeed all the way up to triple-A but never get a call to the show. Good thing Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, and Whitey Ford got into the HOF before the current era of scouting/evaluation.

  12. hansob - May 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Here’s roughly my reaction to the post:

    yes…..

    yes…..

    yes it does make sense….

    that looks like reasonable analysis….

    WTF Pouliot?

  13. thebadguyswon - May 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    So?….the race card is old Pouliot. Real old. And you are slandering a publication with a helluva lot more clout than Hardball Talk.

  14. anybodyinhere - May 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Thank goodness he didn’t say “NFL running-back type” outfielders…

  15. geoknows - May 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    So, uh, who cares? What’s your point? Why even bring it up? Why point it out? It makes you come across as racist. I don’t get the sense that BA thinks the White Sox’ draft picks are all about race. In fact, BA doesn’t mention race at all. Why do you feel compelled to?

  16. jon kk - May 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I didn’t even think about it except that you wanted to make it a big, obvious point. I also don’t think Aaron Judge fits that “profile.”

  17. chacochicken - May 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I suspect they are a very well spoken group. Probably explosive as well.

  18. 13arod - May 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    its true also most of there players are black not white and black olayers are more of althelets

    • Hunter Pence's Eyes - May 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      /blink blink

    • duckthefodgers - May 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Well, at least we know you weren’t bred to spell.

      • cocheese000 - May 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        lol

  19. metsnomer - May 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I think generally in the baseball scouting world (and in particular when used by a well edited and reputable institution such as BA) “athletic” means “toolsy,” or “projectible.” Players that are maybe rawer in the skills department but with higher projection due to that fact that they are so well…athletic . I remember Brandon Nimmo getting lots of praise for being an “athlete” or “athletic” and he’s no urban outfielder. He’s from Wyoming, they don’t even have urban outfielders there. or baseball

  20. jwbiii - May 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Here’s a picture of Courtney Hawkins.

    http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/high-school/ten-players-to-watch-at-uil-state-baseball-tournam/nRpHZ/

    Does a powder blue jersey with “Tigers” on it make any sense?

    • duckthefodgers - May 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      I think it looks fierce.

  21. thebigtim2012 - May 10, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Way to try to make an issue out of nothing. Really. A for effort fella. Does NBC ask you guys to cram as many wierd liberal conspiracy type stories as possible into each day or do you guys just freelance it

    • thebadguyswon - May 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      A hack is a hack.

  22. notsofast10 - May 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Trace Thompson, 3rd round 2009.

  23. dweebler - May 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Gosh, I thought it was something more obvious, such as the fact that all 3 are hitting below .200 this season.

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