All in the White Sox family

All in the White Sox family

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 20:47
They feud a lot, but the White Sox fancy themselves as one big family. That extends to the kids, too. On Thursday, the Sox selected outfielder Kenny Williiams Jr. in the sixth round of the amateur draft. The son of White Sox general manager Kenny Williams, Junior batted .325 and stole 16 bases in 45 games with Wichita State. "Kenny hasn't played a great deal of baseball,'' Sox amateur scouting director Doug Laumann said of Williams Jr. "He's a very good athlete, a switch-hitter, good arm strength, power. He's somewhat of a project, but he's a high-risk, high-reward kind of guy.'' Drafting talent with blood ties to the organization is nothing new to the White Sox. Last year, Oney Guillen was tabbed on the 35th round and manager Ozzie Guillen's kid batted .122 at Advanced Rookie Bristol. In 1993, GM Ron Schueler drafted his daughter, Carey, on the 43rd round. She never played baseball, or even signed for that matter. In 2001, Williams acquired infielder Josh Shaffer in a minor-league trade with the Angels. Shaffer's dad, Duane, was fired last season after a long run as the Sox' amateur scouting director. The best may be yet to come. Guillen's youngest son, Ozney, is already attracting attention from pro scouts. He is a sophomore at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami.
Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our or terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.