White Sox Draft Countdown: Top 10 picks from past 25 years (#10)

With the 2013 MLB First-Year Player’s Draft only ten days away, we here at Voyagers Vision decided to count down the top ten Chicago White Sox draft picks in the past 25 years.  Now, there is some criteria that must be met here to be eligible for these rankings.  Obviously, the player must have been drafted by the Sox in the past 25 years (that eliminates guys like Paul Konerko and Magglio Ordonez).  He also must have actually played for Chicago (that means no Gio Gonzalez or Mike Lowell).  Starting today and continuing everyday up until June 6 (draft day), we’ll count down the top ten–but before we get to number ten–let’s take a look at the players who just missed out on the rankings.

Honorable Mentions:

Gordon Beckham (’08-1st rd.): .246 hitter with 49 HR and 217 RBI in 5 seasons with the White Sox….currently on the disabled list

Chad Bradford (’94-34th rd.): side-winding righty spent first 3 years in Chicago (4.13 ERA in 48 IP); lifetime 3.26 ERA in 12 seasons)

Daniel Hudson (’08-5th rd.): 2-2 in 9 games for White Sox…traded to ARI in ’10 for Edwin Jackson…. career: 28-17 and 3.68 ERA

Boone Logan (’02-20th rd.): pitched 144 games in 3 seasons for White Sox (5.87 ERA, 92 K)…currently has 1.84 ERA and 18 K in 14 2/3 innings for Yankees

Brandon McCarthy (’02, 17th rd.): 7-9, 4.39 in 65 games with White Sox from 2005-06…traded to Texas for John Danks…currently with Arizona (39-42 career record)

Jon Rauch (’99, 3rd rd.): 3-2 record in two seasons with White Sox…currently with Miami and is tallest player in MLB…62 saves and lifetime 3.90 ERA in 11 seasons (7.2 K/9)

Clayton Richard (’05, 8th rd.): 6-8 record in 1 1/2 seasons with White Sox….traded to Padres for Jake Peavy…44-47 and 4.31 ERA in 6-year MLB career

Now that we have the honorable mentions out of the way, it is time to start the drum roll for number ten on our list……..

#10 Addison Reed: 2010 3rd rd pick (95th overall)

thA familiar face to the Great Falls area, the current White Sox closer comes in at number ten on our list.  Addison Reed was drafted by the White Sox in the third round of the 2010 MLB draft out of San Diego State and quickly climbed up the organizational ladder—becoming the team’s fireman in 2012.  Reed began his professional career the summer of 2010 with the Voyagers and notched a 1.80 ERA in 30 IP over 13 games.  The following year, Reed would find himself soaring up the White Sox system, as he pitched for Kannapolis, Winston-Salem, Birmingham AND Charlotte–en route to making his debut at the ripe age of 22 on September 4, 2011 for Chicago.  Reed made six appearances in the final month of the season–allowing ten hits and three runs over 7 1/3 innings.  Last season, Reed saw his first full season of work, and he certainly made the most of it.  The righty converted 29 of his 33 save opportunities, which was good enough for 7th in the American League.  He totaled 54 strikeouts in 55 innings of work (8.8 K/9) and set the White Sox rookie record for saves in a season.  About a third of the way through the 2013 season, there has been no evidence of a sophomore slump for Reed, who is currently second in the AL and third in all of MLB with 17 saves in 23 appearances.  When it comes to American League saves, Reed only trails all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, who has 18.  Currently, Reed is on pace for about 56 saves.  If he were to reach this number, he would total the third highest single season save total in MLB history and become the second White Sox pitcher ever to convert 43+ saves (Bobby Thigpen’s 57 in 1990).  Reed is also well on his way to recording the most saves by a White Sox closer since 2001–when Keith Foulke had 42.  At 24 years old, Addison Reed is primed to have a very successful career, which may see its first all-star appearance this summer.  We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here, but let’s put Reed’s 46 career saves in perspective.  The aforementioned Mariano Rivera did not record the first of his 626 saves until he turned 26.  Just saying.

Our top ten rankings will continue tomorrow with #9 on the list.

Top 10 White Sox draft picks from past 25 years

#10: Addison Reed

#9: TOMORROW

#8: THURSDAY

#7: FRIDAY

#6: JUNE 3

#5: JUNE 3

#4: JUNE 4

#3: JUNE 4

#2: JUNE 5

#1: JUNE 6 (DRAFT DAY!)

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