White Sox, Laumann keep open mind for Draft

White Sox, Laumann keep open mind for Draft

CHICAGO -- Doug Laumann, the White Sox director of amateur scouting, was set to meet with his staff, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams on Saturday afternoon to get an even greater focus on their 13th overall selection in Monday's first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

"We probably have got 20 names on that list for No. 13 right now," Laumann said. "There's probably eight to 10 of them that we know are going to be gone, and then we've got a list of about 10 we're putting in order."

Philosophical discussions follow, possibly picking between a college righty who could help the team pretty quickly or a high school left-hander who is three or four years away. The White Sox surprise success also plays a part in the selection.

"We weren't sure where we were going to be at this point," Laumann said. "Are we in a rebuilding mode or are we in a mode that we're going to do this and that?

"As we sit here today, we're in first place and we've got a six-game lead on the team that was going to run away and hide. Does that then change our philosophy a little bit? Those are the type of discussions that we have. Had we been 15-30 and not where we are right now, the mode might have been, 'Let's start building a little bit.'"