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Impact player top Draft priority

Impact player top Draft priority

CHICAGO -- With the 13th pick in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, don't be surprised if the White Sox take a college pitcher Monday night.

"That's a high-percentage possibility," said White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann, speaking to the media Sunday morning, one day before the start of the 2010 Draft. "That's not to say if one or two of the guys in this pool we have is available that we might not go that route."

General manager Ken Williams' Draft philosophy has been to get an impact type of player, at any position, something the White Sox feel they have done during the past two Drafts with Gordon Beckham (2008) and Jared Mitchell (2009) standing as their top picks. Signability, according to Laumann, also will serve as a fairly significant factor in the selection process this year.

"One of the hardest parts of it is just the games that are played before the Draft with the agents in terms of, 'My guy wants this, my guy wants that,'" Laumann said. "I don't want to spend a year's worth of our guys' time scouting and our time and the effort and money to pick a guy off the board that we're not going to sign.

"At the same time, I don't want to pass on a guy to find out that he's signed five picks later. I hope, and maybe in the next couple of years with the new agreement, there's a system set up where we could just line them up, see whose better scouts, take the best guy available and see what happens."

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