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White Sox draft is family affair
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06/05/2002 6:33 pm ET 
White Sox draft is family affair
By Jimmy Greenfield / MLB.com

First-round draft pick Royce Ring is related to pitcher Bill Simas. (courtesy San Diego State University)

  • White Sox round-by-round picks

    CHICAGO -- Manager Jerry Manuel usually doesn't pay any attention to whom the White Sox select in the First-Year Player draft. This year, he made a slight exception.

    "I haven't heard anything about any of the draft picks," Manuel said. "Except Anthony Manuel."

    The elder Manuel's 19-year-old son, an infielder at Kishwaukee Community College, was selected in the 48th round and was one of 50 players the Sox drafted over the two-day selection process, which concluded Wednesday.

    After taking 14 pitchers on Tuesday, the Sox drafted pitchers with 12 of their first 19 picks on Wednesday, at one point taking six pitchers in a row, including four straight left-handers.

    While the Sox ended up taking 29 pitchers, only three of their picks were used on outfielders. The Sox continue to use the draft to stock up on pitching and rely on their successful scouting in Latin countries for position players.

    "I think we've proven it here with Carlos (Lee) and Magglio (Ordonez)," White Sox Senior Director of Player Personnel Duane Shaffer said.

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    The Sox drafted four catchers, including Trinity International's Jeremy Paul, the younger brother of Sox catcher Josh Paul, a second-round pick in 1996 who is currently at Triple-A Charlotte. Shaffer said Jeremy Paul will likely start out at Bristol or Kannapolis, both Single-A clubs.

    First-round draft pick Royce Ring, a left-handed closer from San Diego State, is tentatively scheduled to visit Comiskey Park on Sunday. He'll just miss out on getting to see pitcher Bill Simas, who will leave for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday to continue rehabbing his right elbow.

    Ring mentioned to reporters that he and Simas were related, but it took Simas a bit to figure out just how they were connected. It turned out Ring is a cousin on his wife's side and the two met briefly at a family function four years ago, Simas recalled.

    Shaffer was particularly excited about third-round pick Joshua Rupe, a 19-year-old right-hander from Louisburg College in Virginia.

    "He's got as much stuff as the guy we got in the first round," Shaffer said. "He's got some mechanical flaws that if we strengthen we think we have something there."

    28th-round pick Hector Ambriz, a right-handed pitcher, was rated by Baseball America as the No. 41 high school prospect but could be hard to dissuade from filling his commitment to UCLA.

    Outfielder David Wabick, taken in the 38th round from Stagg High School in Chicago, was the only local player drafted directly from a Chicago-area high school.

    Jimmy Greenfield covers the White Sox for MLB.com and can be reached by e-mail at jcgreenx@yahoo.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

    WHITE SOX 2002 DRAFT PICKS
    18 ROGER R RING LHP SAN DIEGO ST U
    59 JEREMY T REED LF CALIFORNIA ST U
    90 JOSHUA M RUPE RHP LOUISBURG COL
    120 RYAN R RODRIGUEZ LHP KELLER HS
    150 WILLIAM J LAMURA RHP CLEMSON U
    180 CHRISTOPHER R GETZ SS GROSSE POINTE SOUTH HS
    210 MICAH B SCHNURSTEIN 3B BASIC HS
    240 SEAN P TRACEY RHP U CALIFORNIA
    270 TODD J DEININGER RHP TEXAS A&M U
    300 ORIONNY E LOPEZ RHP FOREST HILL HS
    330 SAMUEL M HERRING 1B GEORGIA SOUTHERN U
    360 JAYSON RUHLMAN LHP L'ANSE CREUSE NORTH HS
    390 DEMETRIUS E BANKS LHP CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY CC
    420 CHRISTIAN M MADSON RHP BLOOMINGDALE SR HS
    450 ADAM J LARSON RHP MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST U
    480 DANIEL C HAIGWOOD LHP MIDLAND HS
    510 BRANDON P MCCARTHY RHP LAMAR CC
    540 SHANE A SCOVILLE C U SOUTH ALABAMA
    570 PAUL D KECK C GRANADA HS
    600 BOONE LOGAN LHP SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR HS
    630 SETH A MORRIS CF U KENTUCKY
    660 ERIC KEEFNER 1B 3B MESA CC
    690 DAVID BEASLEY LHP COOPER CITY HS
    720 THOMAS R BRICE 1B RF FAULKNER ST JC
    750 JAY W MARSHALL LHP JEFFERSON COL
    780 KRISTOPHER DUFNER SS U DELAWARE
    810 MICHAEL BOHLANDER 1B PACE U
    840 HECTOR AMBRIZ RHP VALENCIA HS
    870 NEIL M GIESLER 3B JASPER HS
    900 JACOB S NOWLEN RHP U ARKANSAS
    930 EDGAR J VARELA 3B CALIFORNIA ST U
    960 RICHARD T HUMMEL RHP U INDIANAPOLIS
    990 TONY M SIPP LHP OKALOOSA WALTON JC
    1020 BRANDON R DURDEN LHP COOK HIGH SCHOOL
    1050 ERIC E EVERLY LHP SEAGOVILLE HS
    1080 JASON PILKINGTON LHP CENTRAL ARIZONA COL
    1110 JAMIN C HUCHINGSON RHP FAYETTEVILLE SR HS
    1140 DAVID J WABICK LF STAGG HS
    1170 GABRIEL E CASANOVA 2B MIAMI CORAL PARK HS
    1200 DENNIS W PAWELEK RHP SNOW COL
    1230 DANIEL BARONE RHP MONTEREY PENINSULA COL
    1260 IAN E GANZER RHP WELLINGTON COMMUNITY HS
    1289 MATTHEW SIBIGTROTH SS KISHWAUKEE JC
    1317 RAMON J CASTRO 2B SS GEORGE WASHINGTON HS
    1344 JORGE MICO C HIALEAH HS
    1371 JEREMY J PAUL C TRINITY INTERNATIONAL U
    1397 TIMOTHY J GROGAN SS COVINGTON CATHOLIC HS
    1423 ANTHONY D MANUEL 2B KISHWAUKEE COL
    1448 FERNANDO HERNANDEZ RHP MIAMI SOUTHWEST HS
    1472 MATTHEW PAYNE RHP U CALIFORNIA




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