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White Sox select left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda with 25th pick in today's First-Year Player Draft
06/07/2007 5:23 PM ET
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox selected left-handed pitcher Aaron Poreda of the University of San Francisco with their first-round pick (25th overall) in today's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Poreda, 20, was named First-Team All-West Coast Conference for the second consecutive year in 2007 after going 7-6 with a 2.89 ERA (32 ER/99.2 IP), two complete games and 66 strikeouts in 14 starts during his junior season with the Dons. The left-hander limited opponents to a .252 (93-369) average and issued 18 walks.

"Aaron is a hard throwing left-handed pitcher with a good fastball, excellent movement and control," said Duane Shaffer, White Sox Senior Director of Amateur Scouting. "We expect him to rise through our minor-league system at an accelerated pace."

The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder is tied for third on San Francisco's all-time list in wins (17), ranks fifth in ERA (2.61) and eighth in strikeouts (167) and IP (245.0). He earned the victory over the University of Nebraska, then ranked No. 6, in the NCAA Regional in 2006.

"I am glad to be a part of the White Sox family," said Poreda, who was teammates at San Francisco with Stefan Gartrell, Chicago's 31st-round selection in 2006. "I am grateful for the opportunity and can't wait to get my professional career started."

The White Sox have selected a pitcher in three consecutive drafts for the first time since 1974-76 and have taken a player from the collegiate ranks in each of the last five.

Poreda joins right-handed pitcher Kyle McCulloch (2006, 30th overall), Lance Broadway (2005, 15th), infielder Josh Fields (2004, 18th), outfielder Brian Anderson (2003, 15th) as the last five first-round picks. Poreda was recommended by White Sox scout Adam Virchis.

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