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White Sox close Day 2 with Buckeyes' Goldberg

White Sox close Day 2 with Buckeyes' Goldberg

White Sox close Day 2 with Buckeyes' Goldberg

Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg became the sixth pitcher and fifth right-hander of the White Sox 2013 Draft selections, when he was chosen in the 10th and final round of Day 2.

Goldberg doesn't have an extensive track record for a college pitcher. He threw 20 innings in his first two seasons at Coastal Carolina and sat out the entire 2011 season after transferring to the Buckeyes. He then had to miss all of '12 after some of his credits didn't transfer into Ohio State and was thus ruled academically ineligible.

But the two-year layoff was worth the wait, as Goldberg emerged as Ohio State's ace in his senior season. He compiled a 6-1 record while holding a 2.99 ERA over 15 starts. He struck out 68 batters in 81 1/3 innings while walking 46.

Goldberg's slider has only improved as an out pitch. It shows good tilt and sits in the 82-84-mph range. His best pitch, however, is his fastball, which can reach the mid-90s and usually sits between 89-92 mph. Ohio State coaches have made much his fastball much more consistent this season than it was at Coastal Carolina.

While Goldberg excelled as a starter with the Buckeyes, Ohio State coach Greg Beals told Baseball America the senior might rise faster in Chicago's organization if he transitioned to a reliever.

Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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