STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University junior Chris Beck, a Jefferson High graduate, was selected No. 76 overall by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in the second round of the MLB First Year Player Draft.
Beck, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right hander, finished with a 6-7 record and a 3.91 ERA in 16 starts in the 2012 season. The consensus preseason All-American struck out 115 batters, walked 29, and allowed 117 hits.
“It is a blessing,” Beck said. “There are a lot of college guys, and even high school guys that will be going to college, who will end their careers here shortly. I’m very, very blessed and thank the Lord that my career gets to continue.
The White Sox are a good organization. They have very good pitching as well. They ran some guys through the minors pretty quickly with (Addison) Reed and Chris Sale, so they have a successful track record, so it’s a really good organization to go to.”
Beck produced a 9-5 record and a 3.23 ERA as a sophomore. He was 2-4 with an 8.31 ERA as a freshman. Beck was named Most Outstanding Player of the Southern Conference Tournament in 2011 as a sophomore.
Beck watched his named called with his family Tuesday from a computer that had the streaming feed from MLB.com. He was originally drafted in the 35th round by the Cleveland Indians out of high school.
With a relationship already established, Beck thought it could have been Cleveland that would draft him again.
“We were talking with a couple of teams right there,
Cleveland, especially since they had picked me in high school, so we had a good feeling there,” Beck said. “My advisor was on the phone with them.
“And Oakland, because they drafted some guys out of Georgia Southern before. We kind of made the deal before I got picked, but it wasn’t anything set in stone.”
Beck said he and the White Sox will finalize a contract probably in the next five to seven days, and then he will receive his assignment of where to report.