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White Sox ink righty Van Benschoten

White Sox ink righty Van Benschoten

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The White Sox have brought a former first-round Draft pick into the fold.

Right-hander John Van Benschoten, who was taken by the Pirates with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, has signed a Minor League deal with the Sox, sources told MLB.com on Friday. Van Benschoten reportedly will be invited to the Sox big league Spring Training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

White Sox officials could not be reached immediately for comment.

Van Benschoten, a 28-year-old starter, went a combined 2-13 with a 9.20 ERA in 26 appearances, including 19 starts, with the Pirates in 2004, '07 and '08. He went 1-3 with a 10.48 ERA in nine appearances, including five starts, this past season.

The rest of Van Benschoten's time with the Pirates was spent in the Minors, where he went a combined 45-34 with a 3.46 ERA in 131 appearances, including 122 starts. He was 7-4 with a 3.92 mark in 22 appearances (13 starts) at Triple-A Indianapolis in '08.

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Van Benschoten has had reconstructive surgeries on both his shoulders, costing him nearly two full seasons of action before his return in 2007. He was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2007, but went 0-7 with a 10.15 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) with the Pirates that season.

Removed from the Pirates' 40-man roster in October, Van Benschoten has been pitching in the Mexican Winter League.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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