Cubs, Sox take outfielders in 1st round

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The Cubs and White Sox both chose outfielders with their first round selections in this year's baseball draft.

The Cubs selected Dunedin High School's Ryan Harvey with the sixth pick overall, while the White Sox chose University of Arizona outfielder Brian Anderson with the 15th overall selection.

Harvey, a 6-foot-5 inch, 215-pounder from Palm Harbor, Fla., had surgery on his right knee last year and was limited to just 41 at-bats in his senior season at Dunedin High School where he hit .463 with 10 extra-base hits, 19 runs scored and 14 RBI.

"We're excited to get a five-tool player with raw power," said John Stockstill, the Cubs director of scouting in a release from the team. "He has size and strength."

Anderson, a junior, hit .366 with career highs in home runs (14), hits (85), runs (58), RBIs (61), doubles (12), triples (9) and stolen bases (17) this past season.

"Brian is an impressive five-tool player," said Doug Laumann, White Sox director of scouting. "He hits for power, runs well and has a very strong arm."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Anderson was named to the All-Pac Ten team last week.

"I had a feeling I was going to the White Sox," Anderson said in a release from the team. "I'm very familiar with Carlos Lee, Joe Borchard and Magglio Ordonez, but I really believe eventually I can use all five tools at the major-league level."

In his junior year, Harvey batted .385 with seven homers, 40 RBIs and also showed his pitching ability going 10-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 13 appearances.

In the second round, outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, went to the White Sox at No. 52 overall. Sweeney, at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, hits and throws left-handed.

According to MLB.com, Sweeney has a tall, strong and athletic body with strength, durability and great composure.

"I was a little disappointed," Sweeney said after being projected as a first-round pick. "After the first round passed, I was hoping for at least the supplemental."

Sweeney did find it encouraging that the White Sox seemed delighted to get him.

"They said they thought they would never be able to pick me," he said. "They said they liked me and were ecstatic to get me."

The Cubs did not have a second-round pick and they took catcher Jacob Fox from the University of Michigan in the third round. He is built like a baby bull, according to MLB.com with good bat speed. He has quick hands, a playable arm and a bulldog approach.

The Sox used their third round pick on University of Southern Mississippi outfielder Clinton King. MLB.com says he has a strong, durable body and should have average power in years to come.

The Cubs selected Florida State catcher Anthony Richie in the fourth round and the Sox picked shortstop Robert Valido from Miami Coral Park High School.

In round No. 5, the Sox and Cubs took high school pitchers. Right-hander Matthew Nachreiner went to the Sox and the Cubs picked lefty Darrin Downs.

Delmon Young, a power-hitting high school outfielder from California, was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the No. 1 pick. He is the brother of Detroit Tigers outfielder Dmitri Young.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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