Later rounds just as important to Sox
Buehrle, Carrasco among non-prime picks in vital roles
CHICAGO -- If there was any remote doubt as to the importance of the final two days of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, simply remember the name Mark Buehrle.
The White Sox southpaw has amassed a career record of 128-89 over 10 years in the Majors. He threw a no-hitter in 2007, currently is working under a four-year, $56 million contract and won a World Series title, not to mention picked up a save in that historic four-game sweep of Houston in 2005.
And Buehrle was selected by the White Sox in the 38th round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft with pick No. 1,139. Seven players, in total, on the active White Sox roster were selected after the 111th pick.
After 30 rounds of selections through the end of Day 2, the Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
MLB.com's coverage will include a live pick-by-pick audio stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
Fans will not only be able to follow along every minute of the way online, but they'll be able to interact directly with Draft-eligible players and MLB.com Draft experts, among others.
The Draft Tracker will also feature the addition of Twitter, and the participation of "tweeters" such as MLB.com Draft expert @JonathanMayoB3, who will also be serving as on-air talent for all three days of the Draft; and reporter @LisaWinstonMLB, who will be writing the up-to-the-minute coverage for MLB.com.
In addition, MLB.com has created a Twitter account devoted to the Draft, where you can stay updated on every piece of info as it becomes available (@MLBDraft).
Buehrle reached the Majors after just 36 Minor League games, starting with Class A Burlington in 1999 and ending up with the White Sox in 2000. All-Star right fielder Jermaine Dye was taken by the Braves with the 488th pick in the 17th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft and arrived with Atlanta in 1996.
Closer Bobby Jenks was a fifth-round pick of the Angels in 2000, No. 140 overall, and made his Major League debut with the White Sox in 2005. D.J. Carrasco took six years to get to the big leagues, pitching for Kansas City in 2003 after the Orioles selected the right-hander in the 26th round of the 1997 First-Year Player draft with the 795th pick.
Outfielder Dewayne Wise was a fifth-round selection of the Reds (No. 158) in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, getting his first at-bats for Toronto in 2000. And both Chris Getz (fourth round, No. 125) and Clayton Richard (eighth round, 245) were taken by the White sox in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, joining the parent club in 2008.
To boil down all this information, the White Sox are looking for more potential impact players such as outfielder Jordan Danks, taken in the seventh round last year at No. 210, from the second and third days of the Draft.
"It's going to be a long night in the war room tonight," White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann said Tuesday. "But we are confident we will get good players tomorrow."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.