With the Major League draft going on over the past three days, it’s time to take a look back at who are the five best first round draft choices in White Sox history.
1.) Frank Thomas – You really can’t argue with this pick. Thomas was the White Sox first round pick in 1989 out of Auburn University. Once he set foot on a major league diamond, he never stopped hitting. The Big Hurt was a core player for the White Sox for 17 years and when he called it a career in 2008, he had hit 521 home runs.
2.) Harold Baines – Baines was a first round pick for the White Sox way back in 1977. It didn’t take Baines long to get to the major leagues, as he made his big league debut in 1980. One of the quietest stars to ever play for the White Sox and also one of the classiest. Baines would finish his career with 2,866 hits.
3.) Robin Ventura – Ventura was a first round pick in 1988. By the time he would make his major league debut in 1989, there were already comparisons to Joe DiMaggio because of Ventura’s record breaking hitting streak while in college. Ventura would never be the hitter that DiMaggio was, but he did have a solid career, collecting 1,885 hits and 2 gold gloves.
4.) Jack McDowell – When the White Sox drafted Jack McDowell in round 1 in 1987, they also drafted the heart and soul of the team for seven seasons. McDowell was the staff ace of the team that would win the AL west division in 1993. Altogether, Black Jack would throw 43 complete games and win 91 games as a member of the White Sox.
5.) Chris Sale – All Sale has done since being drafted in the first round by the White Sox in 2010 is become an All Star and staff ace in just 3 seasons. If Sale keeps up the pace he is on now, he could be number one on this list before long.