The 2020 MLB Draft might be an extremely truncated, alien version as compared to years past due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that shouldn't stop the Chicago White Sox from adding the next potential franchise cornerstone. The latest buzz claims that the White Sox desire proven college talent, especially position players. With the No. 11 pick in this draft, Chicago will have plenty of options on the table.
3. NC State Catcher Patrick Bailey
If you could draw a power-hitting catcher up on a board, he would look a lot like Bailey. With an OPS of .903 or greater in each of his three college seasons and 29 home runs in 131 college games, Bailey combines terrific power with a keen batter's eye that allowed him to hit .288 or better in all three seasons in Raleigh. There's a reason he has been mocked to the White Sox so frequently.
2. Minnesota RHP Max Meyer
Meyer might lack prototypical ace size at 6-0 and 185 pounds, but he has produced as both a closer and starter for the Golden Gophers, never posting an ERA higher than 2.27. His fastball will touch 100 miles per hour despite his frame, and his wipeout slider might be the best slider in the country. Oh, and he was an occasional DH with some pop for Minnesota. He has all the tools to be an ace in the future without a lot of time in the minors.
1. Arkansas OF Heston Kjerstad
If Kjerstad lasts until No. 11, Chicago should sprint to the podium and select him. His power potential from the left side is jaw dropping, as his sweet swing should help him breeze through the minor leagues. A complete offensive talent, Kjerstad hit .332 and .327 in his first two college seasons and was hitting .448 before the season was abandoned. He could make his way into the White Sox starting lineup within two years given his raw talent.