Monday, June 4, 2012
White Sox Take Keon Barnum With Supplemental Pick
Should Keon Barnum one day make it Chicago and hit 500 home runs for the White Sox it will be yet another reason for Sox fans to love Mark Buerhle. The Sox used the supplemental draft pick they got when Buerhle signed with Miami (48th overall) and used it on high school first baseman Keon Barnum.
Which means that a team that hadn't taken a high school player with its first pick since 2001 and hadn't picked a high school position player with its first pick since 1984 took two high schoolers on the first night of the 2012 draft.
Much like Courtney Hawkins before him, I don't know a lot about Barnum, but from what I read this pick could turn out very well.
Barnum, like Hawkins, is large for an 18-year old. In fact, he's 6'4 and 235 pounds. Now while he's not as much of an all-around talent as Hawkins is said to be, he's a left-handed hitter with a lot of power. Like, a lot of power. It's the reason he was drafted so high.
He's definitely no sure thing, but his power potential has some people comparing him to Ryan Howard. The question will be whether or not Barnum will make enough contact for his immense power to have any impact.