Chicago White Sox Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

1998Chicago White Sox61.4
1990Chicago White Sox55.6
1989Chicago White Sox42.1
2010Chicago White Sox33.9
2011Chicago White Sox25.8

Bottom Five Draft Classes

1995Chicago White Sox-2.5
1972Chicago White Sox-1.8
1984Chicago White Sox-1.2
2009Chicago White Sox-0.9
1965Chicago White Sox-0.8
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198917Frank Thomas41.5
2010113Chris Sale27.0
1988110Robin Ventura26.6
1998381139Mark Buehrle25.1
198311279Doug Drabek22.9
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
196913Ted NicholsonNo MLB Experience
198515Kurt BrownNo MLB Experience
197016Lee Richard-1.6
198117Daryl Boston4.1
197418Larry Monroe0.1
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
1998381139Mark Buehrle25.1
198311279Doug Drabek22.9
199118488Mike Cameron19.5
200116493Chris Young14.4
199315425Mike Sirotka11.4
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
1997262Jeff Weaver22.6
197910243Jimmy Key20.0
19767152Willie McGee18.0
2008341020Marcus Semien17.4
1992481352Mike Lowell17.3
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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