06/07/12 12:04 AM ET
Four sets of teammates drafted by White Sox
By Rowan Kavner / MLB.com
The South Siders selected two players from New Mexico State, two players from Delta State, two players from Archbishop McCarthy High School (Fla.) and two college players who went to the same high school.
Doug Laumann, White Sox director of amateur scouting, said drafting players from the same school or region wasn't the plan, although it's easy to be enticed by a talented teammate of a player being scouted.
"I don't think about anything like that as the Draft's going on, where kids are from, a certain part of the country, certain schools, or anything of that nature," Laumann said. "You just line up and take the best guys available."
Whether or not it was on purpose, getting drafted added a new dimension for the players who could share the experience with a teammate.
New Mexico State shortstop Zachary Voight was selected in the 20th round, seven rounds before teammate Zachary Fisher.
"We're pretty good friends," Voight said. "We were actually roommates my first year at New Mexico State. It'll be good to see a familiar face and push each other through the process. It'll be really cool to share that experience with Zac."
Delta State pitcher Brandon Hardin went in the 10th round to the White Sox. Fellow Delta State pitcher James Hudelson went to the same club on Day 3 in the 28th round.
That's a more likely occurrence than two players getting drafted straight out of the same high school, which happened with Archbishop McCarthy's Nick Basto and Ryan Castellanos.
Basto, a shortstop picked in the fifth round, is a more likely signee than Castellanos, who was taken in the 34th round. Castellanos' older brother, Nick, is a former Archbishop McCarthy graduate and current member of the Detroit Tigers' farm system.
"We've been working hard all year," Basto said. "I'm not going to lie to you, this is a day we've been waiting for since we were basically 10 years old."
Senior outfielder Kale Kiser, a 23rd round selection out of Nebraska, went to Plano West High School with senior outfielder Jason Coats, a 29th round selection from TCU.
"The fact that we're in the same organization and going to the same team together, and playing again with each other is just surreal," Kiser said. "It's a great opportunity for us."
Coats, a former 12th round selection by the Orioles, was leading the Horned Frogs in most offensive categories before an ACL tear late in the season dropped him in the draft. He hit .325 with eight home runs and 56 RBIs as a junior.
"We can monitor his rehab and his progress all the way up until next May," Laumann said. "If we feel he's made sufficient strides in getting that knee back in shape, we can go ahead and sign then."
The uncle of 22nd round pick Cory McGinnis, a pitcher from Auburn University at Montgomery, is former Home Improvement star Tim Allen.
"He's an uncle through marriage," McGinnis said. "I don't know him well, but I met him a few times."
McGinnis' cousin, Zack Sterner, is a former member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
"Zack has been a big inspiration for me," McGinnis said. "He's helped me out through the whole process. It's always nice to have someone who's been there and done that."
The White Sox selected pitcher Jon Savarise from Adlai Stevenson High School, the son of White Sox senior vice president of stadium operations Terry Savarise, in the 33rd round.
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.