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The Chicago White Sox Draft Jake Burger With The 11th Pick

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The Chicago White Sox Draft Jake Burger With The 11th Pick

The Chicago White Sox draft Jake Burger with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Did amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler hit another home run? I would say so.

The White Sox went into the draft needing more power bats in their farm system and they left the first round with a powerful third baseman. Jake Burger comes out of Missouri State University, where he put up some pretty impressive numbers.

According to MLB Pipeline’s scouting report: “Burger as one of the top power sources available in a Draft class short on college hitters.”

This season he produced a strong batting line .328 AVG/.443 OBP/.648 SLG. He had 13 doubles, 65 RBIs, and 22 homers. Burger also has good discipline at the plate. Over 305 at bats he drew 43 walks and only struck out 38 times this year.

Nick Hostetler On Jake Burger

Hostetler noted that he identified Jake early in the scouting process:

“as being the guy we felt had the best right-handed power in the country. Last year we feel like we added the best left-handed power in the country (Zack Collins) and this year we added the best right-handed power in the country. We identified Jake early and knew that he was the guy that hit-wise was exactly what we wanted to do as an organization.”

Jake Burger Is A Sox Fan and The Future

Burger is also a long time White Sox fan who tries to model himself after Paul Konerko.

“I modeled more of my mechanical side off of (Konerko),” Burger said. “Me as a player, I’m obviously known for my power and the ability to drive the ball out to all parts of the field. But I’m more just a consistent guy too. I’m not hitting .280. I’m hitting for average with the home runs as well.”

This sets up an interesting decision for general manager Rick Hahn. Todd Frazier is currently struggling this year, while Matt Davidson is starting to flourish with a power role. If Davidson continues to serge back into a power spot for the Sox this year and he can cut down on the number of strikeouts, it may be worth signing him to a long-term deal. However, knowing that even more young talent in Jake Burger is developing in the minors could definitely change Davidson’s future with the White Sox.

Is It A Win?

This is an important addition to the White Sox rebuild process. The White Sox have stocked up on pitching through last years draft and trades with the Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. Adding Burger to the roster boosts the power part of the lineup the Sox farm system is lacking.

Burger won the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year and was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America. Jake was also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

Only time will tell what kind of a player Jake Burger will be, but at the moment I consider this a certified win for Nick Hostetler and The Chicago White Sox organization.


The Chicago White Sox draft Jake Burger with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft.