The MLB Amateur Draft will begin on Thursday night, and since I pay little to no attention to high school and college baseball, I’m not going to bother trying to break down possible picks for either the Cubs or Sox. Instead I’ll look at history to give us an idea of the future. So, much like I did with the Bears a few weeks ago, I’m going to rank the first round draft picks of both our franchises over the last 20 years. We’ll start with the White Sox.
Jim Thome, who now works for the White Sox as an ambassador of some kind (I don’t know his exact title and I’m too lazy to look it up because, honestly, does it matter? — he’s Jim Thome) was in Charlotte tonight to help with the opening ceremonies of the city’s new BB&T Park.
The stadium is the new home of the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox’ Triple-A affiliate.
As part of his duties, Thome threw out the first pitch, and while doing so we were all reminded why he spent so many seasons as a designated hitter.