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3s.114 Chicago White Sox - Thomas Royse, RHP, Louisville

The White Sox spent the 114th overall pick on Thomas Royse.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Thomas Royse   Position: RHP   School: Louisville   State: KY   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’5’’   Weight: 215

Birth Date: 9/7/88   Seiler Rating: 2C2   Last Drafted: Never

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

4

0

4.80

26

1

1

50.2

59

34

27

8

11

51

2009

3

2

3.48

12

6

2

41.1

35

21

16

2

10

48

2010

9

1

2.85

16

16

0

104.1

100

37

33

10

26

99


Thomas Royse is a strong collegiate right-handed starting pitcher from the University of Louisville. Royse came to Louisville from Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was an excellent pro prospect. However, he floated an asking price that was too high, and his college commitment scared off enough teams for him to go entire undrafted in the 2007 draft. He headed to Louisville, where he moved into a good bullpen role as a freshman, showing good results and potential. He moved into the starting rotation partway through his sophomore year, and he was pitching well before he hurt his back, being lost for the season. He returned to school as a junior as somewhat of a wild card, and he’s proceeded to put together a career year replacing former Friday starter-turned-third round pick Justin Marks. He has shown enough for scouts to think that he has the makings of a solid number four starter with a big, durable body. His fastball is a solid-average pitch that usually sits 89-91, touching 93-94 in most starts, and the big quibble with most scouts is that he holds his velocity only sporadically. He throws in a slider that flashes above-average, but it’s inconsistent, and his changeup flashes solid-average. His three pitches make him look like a solid option for a starting job, but he gets most of his results with his fastball, which means he needs to maintain above-average command of it to continue with his success in pro ball. He’s a candidate to go in the third to seventh round, where he should be signable for slot money.