Noah Schultz’s High School is less than 50 miles from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Oswego East left-hander now has another connection with the Chicago White Sox when they picked him up with number 26 in the Major League Baseball draft on Sunday.
“My heart stopped,” he said during a video conference call on Sunday night. “It has always been my dream to play in the major leagues. and is being prepared by the Hometown team. It’s just something I’ve been waiting for all my life. It was real. ,
The 6-foot-9 Schultz signed with Vanderbilt in November, but added: “I’m on the Chicago White Sox now. It was a great school to commit to and I loved it, but I think it’s an opportunity.” That’s something I couldn’t pass up and I’m excited to see what happens in the future.
He was ranked 49th on MLB.com’s list of top 200 draft prospects.
“He’s a hometown kid we’ve been tracking for a while,” said Mike Shirley, Sox director of amateur scouting. “It’s a unique frame at 6-foot-9. He walks like he’s 6-foot. He moves easily in the big frame.
“He has unique skill sets. It is an extreme talent that we think could someday anchor the rotation.”
The Sox drafted right-handed pitcher Peyton Palette from Arkansas in the second round (number 62). Palette, 21, was ranked 43rd on MLB.com’s list of 2022 prospects.
Shirley said, “Another tall man we find lucky to be on the ground.” “If Peyton Pellet had pitched healthy this year, he would have been a potential pick in the first round. Peyton had Tommy John surgery on January 31, 2022, the surgery went well. He is already 10 to 15 pounds since the surgery. We know he is on the right track, heading in the right direction.
“I’m tickling on the first day to land two talents of this importance.”
Schultz said that his father was a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and that was the team he had always looked up to. He has made it to two Sox games this season.
“But look forward to doing a lot more and playing for them soon,” Schultz said.
Perfect Game ranked 18-year-old Schultz as the No. 1 prospect in Illinois. He was the second Chicago area high school pitcher to be selected in the first round of this year. The Atlanta Braves drafted Riverside-Brookfield right-hander Owen Murphy at number 20.
A native of Aurora, Schultz has made six appearances with the Illinois Valley in the Prospect League, leading 1–0 with a 0.93 ERA. He has conceded two earned runs in his 19⅓ innings with 37 strikeouts and only eight hits allowed.
He said he had a four-seam fastball, a slider and a change.
“Those are three pitches I’m working on and I’m very confident in all of them and excited to see how they can progress and become the best they can be in the future,” Schultz said.
According to the Sox, he missed most of his senior season at Oswego East due to illness and bad weather. Schultz said he lost time with Mono.
This is the second year in a row that the Sox selected a high school player with their first-round selection. Last year, he drafted shortstop Colson Montgomery at number 22.
Schultz is the first high school pitcher taken by the Sox in the first round since Chris Honel of Providence in 2001.
“If he doesn’t get Mono, Noah Schultz could go too high in this draft, based on the first initial look he did at the start of his season,” Shirley said. “The breaking ball is a real weapon. Change is really coming. It’s a definite three-pitch mix.
“If you look at how he works and how he has some experience where he manipulates the count with the breaking ball, that’s important.”
According to MLB.com, the Sox has the third smallest bonus pool ($6,289,100) that will be used in the top 10 rounds. The number 26 pickup is priced at $2,788,000.
Schultz was recommended by White Sox scout JJ Lally.
“I never imagined myself to be in this situation and now that it is here, it really is a demonstration of all my hard work and everything paying off,” Schultz said. “It’s something I never imagined. It’s a dream to play for the Chicago White Sox.”
Shirley indicated in a video conference on Friday that the Sox were eyeing the pitch. He executed the plan on Sunday.
“It’s an arms race here,” he said. “We’re all trying to find and develop quality starts in the same program, and we think (Sunday) we’ve got two starts who have the pedigree and stuff to pitch at major league level. Two men offer weapons, armory, makeup to begin with and answer the bell every five days.”