The Chicago White Sox have taken third-baseman, Jake Burger out of Missouri State University with the 11th overall selection in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.
With both Pavin Smith and Adam Haseley already off of the board having been selected back to back by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies, the White Sox addressed their need to add a power bat to the hot corner with their selection of Jake Burger this evening.
Burger, a six-foot-two, 210 pound third-baseman is hitting .332 with 22 home runs and 65 RBI through 62 games this season for the Missouri State Bears. The junior is one of the better power-hitters available in this years draft.
Burger is regarded by many as the best power bat in this year’s draft, but do the White Sox pass on the need to fill the void in the outfield to select the slugging third-baseman is the question. After going undrafted out of high school, Burger has emerged as a legitimate power threat at the hot corner for MSU in his three seasons at the collegiate level.
Burger was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year after finishing the regular season with a .341 batting average complimented by 22 home runs and 63 RBI, after hitting 21 home runs in 2016 during his Sophomore season with the Bears.
Burger has an solid command of the strike zone and hits for average very well for a power hitter, something that the White Sox immensely value. Burger scored solid grades in both the run and fielding categories, making him more than just a one-dimensional home run hitting prospect.
Burger’s best tool is obviously his power, a lofty right-handed stroke that translates well for the ability to hit for power to all areas of the field.
I said in the draft profiles that we put together leading up to the draft, that if Pavin Smith and Adam Haseley were gone at number 11, then Jake Burger would be the pick for the White Sox, addressing their need for a third-baseman of the future.
Burger has faced questions about his defensive ability to stay at third base at the major-league level, but Burger has expressed his desire to stay at the hot corner, and many believe that the White Sox will give him as much time as he needs to keep him there.
Fans will love the idea that the White Sox are still on track to add a “Burger” and a “Beer” as everyday fixtures at Guaranteed Rate Field one day. I guess #TankforBeer is on now more than ever.