2012 MLB Draft Results: White Sox Take High School First Baseman Keon Barnum With Pick No. 48

The Chicago White Sox selected Keon Barnum, a first baseman out of King High School in Florida, with the No. 48 overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday. Here's what MLB.com had to say about Barnum:

Related: 2012 MLB Draft Results: OF Courtney Hawkins Selected By White Sox At No. 13

For a player to profile at first, teams will typically want to see plenty of power and run production potential. Barnum, a Florida prep product, has both.A big, strong physical specimen, Barnum can generate a lot of bat speed and has the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the ballpark. He shows most of his home run power to the pull side, but there's plenty of raw pop there all-around. Barnum's fine defensively at first, and some have even asked to see him play an outfield corner.Like many young hitters with power, Barnum will get long with his swing at times and try to muscle the ball out. The ability to make adjustments and have a more refined approach will likely come with time and experience.

Barnum becomes the South Siders' second pick of the draft. The Sox selected Courtney Hawkins, a high school outfielder out of Texas, with the No. 13 overall pick earlier in the day.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. And to learn more about the latest MLB prospect news and ratings, drop by Minor League Ball. For more general baseball news, check out Baseball Nation.

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