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White Sox Draft Picks 2012: South Siders Select 12 High School Prospects

The Chicago White Sox closed out their 2012 MLB Draft on Wednesday, and in the end they grabbed 41 new players, including 29 collegiate prospects and 12 high school players. The prize pick of the draft class was high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins, a high-upside pick with plenty of athleticism and power potential. He could instantly become the top prospect in the entire organization, so that should be a thrill for fans who have been inundated with news of the depleted minor league system for years.

In a further break from tradition, Kenny Williams and company also grabbed a high school player with their second pick. First baseman Keon Barnum is another young player with huge power potential at the plate, and the Sox are hoping both players are cornerstones for the future.

As for a positional breakdown, the Sox selected 19 pitchers (15 RHP, 4 LHP), four outfielders, 14 infielders and four catchers. For a complete list of the 2012 Draft class for the White Sox, click this link.

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