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Wheeler could end up being a lefty specialist

Wheeler could end up being a lefty specialist

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Wheeler could end up being a lefty specialist

The White Sox selected Texas Tech reliever Andre Wheeler in the 15th round of Saturday's First-Year Player Draft. The junior led the Red Raiders with 23 appearances, serving as their primary lefty out of the bullpen.

While Wheeler's 6.19 ERA doesn't seem all that impressive, he'll likely be used as a lefty specialist at the next level. In his sophomore year, left-handed batters hit .229 against him, while right-handers scorched him for a .405 average.

Wheeler's four wins this season were the most by a Texas Tech reliever since 2006. He also struck out 21 in 32 innings and tallied 12 scoreless relief outings on the season.

Wheeler was selected by the Dodgers out of high school in the 22nd round of the 2010 Draft but didn't sign. He was initially taken as a right fielder.

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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