The Chicago White Sox looked to the infield in the first round of the MLB draft, selecting Mississippi shortstop Jacob Gonzalez with the No. 15 pick Sunday.
Gonzalez, 21, earned second-team All-SEC honors this year after starting all 54 games at shortstop and leading the Rebels in doubles (18) and walks (35).
He finished second on the team in batting average (.327), on-base percentage (.435) and RBIs (51) and was third in slugging percentage (.564), runs (46), hits (66) and total bases (114).
As a sophomore Gonzalez started all 65 games at short and made first-team All-SEC as Ole Miss won the College World Series. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored in the title-clinching win against Oklahoma.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Gonzalez, who is from Glendora, Calif., bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He was ranked No. 18 on MLB.com’s Top 250 draft prospects list.
Here’s a breakdown of the Sox’s selections in the 2023 MLB draft.
- Round 1: No. 15 (bonus slot value $4,488,600) Shortstop Jacob Gonzalez
- Round 2: No. 51
- Round 3: No. 84
- Round 4: No. 116
- Rounds 5-20: No. 152 and every 30th pick thereafter
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