CHICAGO – Another big bat is headed to the South Side.
The White Sox used the eleventh pick in the draft to select Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger.
“Last year we felt that we added the best left-handed power in the country, and this year we feel that we added the best right-handed power in the country,” said Nick Hostetler, White Sox director of scouting. “We identified Jake early and knew he was a guy – hit wise – was exactly what we wanted to do as an organization.”
Burger was named the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year in 2016 as sophomore after batting .349 and swatting 21 home runs.
According to Burger’s MLB draft profile, the 6’2″, 220 pound slugger has been compared to Hunter Pence due to his “ability to get the job done in less than pretty fashion.”
Burger’s Bears were eliminated from the NCAA tournament on Sunday by fifth-ranked TCU.