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Hahn likes pitching talent in 2014 Draft class


CHICAGO -- General manager Rick Hahn knows the White Sox will get a good player with the third selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He just isn't certain who that player will be at this point.

"[White Sox director of amateur scouting] Doug Laumann and his staff, we had a meeting back in Glendale in the last week of camp where went through a lot of different guys and went through that small universe of players from which we'll ultimately choose," Hahn said. "Now we're starting to work on our cross-checking in the coming weeks.

"Frankly, part of the benefit of the lousy season last year isn't just the player you get at three but the larger signing pool that allows you to get even better players throughout the entire Draft. I don't know the exact number, but it's going to be close to $10 million we'll have to spend on domestic talent this year, which is a tremendous shot in the arm for the organization."

After picking third, the White Sox also have the 44th and 78th picks overall. The organization is looking for the best player available at No. 3, but it should easily be able to narrow that field selecting so high.

"Based on this year's talent pool, it's a strong possibility that's going to be a pitcher," Hahn said of that first-round pick.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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