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Friday, June 28, 2013

Adam Engel agrees to terms with White Sox, will open pro career in Pioneer League

Adam Engel bats for UofL. (File photo by Jon Hale)

Adam Engel bats for UofL. (File photo by Jon Hale)

 

Staff report

 

The second position player and fifth member of the 2013 University of Louisville College World Series team has elected to start his professional career.

 

Junior outfielder Adam Engel has agreed to terms on a contract with the Chicago White Sox as the team’s 19th round pick. The deal was confirmed by UofL via Twitter. Engel and the White Sox agreed on a $100,000 signing bonus, Jim Callis of Baseball America reported.

 

Engel ranked third nationally with 41 stolen bases as a junior, though the rest of his game still needs work. He batted .236 with one home run, 28 RBI and 51 runs scored for the Cardinals. Engel leaves UofL ranking second in program history with 94 career stolen bases.

 

Baseball America rated Engel as the 156th best prospect in the draft, noting he has displays raw power potential despite totaling just two home runs in three seasons at UofL.

 

Engel will open his professional career with the Great Falls Voyagers of the rookie-level Pioneer League.

 

UofL junior outfielder Coco Johnson (Marlins) and junior left-handed reliever Cody Ege (Rangers) are the final two unsigned Kentucky college baseball draftees.

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