Noah Schultz’s high school is less than 50 miles from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The left-hander from Oswego East now has another connection with the Chicago White Sox after they selected him with the No. 26 pick in the Major League Baseball draft Sunday.
“My heart stopped,” he said during a video conference call Sunday night. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the major leagues. And being drafted by the hometown team. It’s just something that I’ve been looking forward to my entire life. It was surreal.”
The 6-foot-9 Schultz signed with Vanderbilt in November, but he said: ”I am on the Chicago White Sox now. It was a great school to be committed to and I loved it, but I think this opportunity is something I could not pass up and I’m excited to see what happens in the future.”
He was ranked No. 49 in MLB.com’s list of the top 200 draft prospects.
“He’s a hometown kid that we’ve been tracking for a while,” Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Shirley said. “It’s an unique frame at 6-foot-9. He moves like he’s 6-foot. He moves easy in a big frame.
“He has unique skill sets. It’s an extreme talent who we think can anchor a rotation some day.”
The Sox drafted right-handed pitcher Peyton Pallette out of Arkansas in the second round (No. 62). Pallette, 21, was ranked No. 43 in MLB.com’s list of 2022 prospects.
“Another high-upside guy who we find fortunate to land,” Shirley said. “If Peyton Pallette would have pitched healthy this year, he would have been a possible first round pick. Peyton had Tommy John surgery on Jan. 31 of 2022, surgery went well. He’s already added 10 to 15 pounds since the surgery. We know he’s on the right track, headed in the right direction.
“I’m tickled to death to land two talents of this significance on day one.”
Schultz said his dad was a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and that was the team he always watched. He has made it to two Sox games this season.
“But looking forward to going to a lot more and playing for them rather soon,” Schultz said.
Perfect Game ranked Schultz, 18, as the No. 1 prospect in Illinois. He was the second Chicago-area high school pitcher to be picked in this year’s first round. The Atlanta Braves drafted Riverside-Brookfield right-hander Owen Murphy at No. 20.
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Source:: The Mercury News