Sox sign top draft pick to minor-league contract
Tim Anderson, the White Sox' first-round pick (No. 17 overall) in last week's amateur draft, signed a minor league contract and received a $2.164 million bonus Wednesday.
The 19-year-old shortstop was supposed to cap his big day by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field before the Sox played the Toronto Blue Jays, but the threat of severe weather postponed the game six hours before the scheduled start time.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Anderson will begin his pro career with Advanced Rookie Bristol in the Appalachian League.
Anderson played at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., this season and batted .495 with 11 triples, 10 home runs, 45 RBI, a .563 on-base percentage, 62 runs scored and 41 stolen bases.
Baseball America also reported the White Sox signed outfielder Jacob May, their third-round pick. He received a $525,000 bonus.
May, the grandson of former Cincinnati Reds star Lee May, played at Coastal Carolina this season and batted .321, with 7 home runs and 16 stolen bases.
No makeup date has been announced for Wednesday's Sox-Blue Jays game, which was postponed by severe weather.
The White Sox have been dealing with bad weather all season, and Wednesday was the fourth home game to be postponed.
The Sox have announced only one makeup date so far. Their game against the Cubs that was rained out on May 28 will be played July 8 at 7:10 p.m.
Nate Jones struggled for the first two months of the season and was in danger of being demoted to Class AAA Charlotte.
The White Sox' right-handed relief pitcher has been rolling as of late. Over his last four appearances, Jones has pitched 62⁄3 scoreless innings and struck out 12.
In Tuesday night's loss to Toronto, Jones relieved starter Jose Quintana with one out in the seventh inning and struck out Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa on 99-mph fastballs.
"He had a rough stretch to start the season but we had the faith in him of being able to get through it and turn it around," manager Robin Ventura said. "He has the stuff. It's just one of those ruts he goes through. For him, he's big for us out of that bullpen. He fills a lot of different roles. For him to come back from that little rut he was in, he's confident now."
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