The White Sox' third round pick in the 1999 draft out of
Morehead State University. At 6-foot-10, Rauch could develop into their
own version of Ryan Anderson or Richard Stahl, as he has a very high
Rauch made his pro debut in 1999 and spent time pitching
for Bristol (Rookie-level) and then for Winston-Salem (low Class-A). For
Bristol, Rauch went 4-4 and posted a 4.45 ERA in 56.2 innings pitched, 65
hits allowed, 16 walks, and 66 strikeouts in 14 games (9 starts). For the
Warthogs, he made one start (6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, and 7 SO).
Rauch is your classic power pitcher, capable of developing
into a dominating force on the mound. Rauch could eventually (if not
already) be considered in the same class as the top three pitching
prospects in the White Sox system (Jon Garland, Kip Wells, and Aaron
Myette) in terms of future potential.
So far in 2000, Rauch is living up to the hype as he is
11-2 with a 2.74 ERA at Winston-Salem. I think you could see him rise
through the system quickly. This 21-year-old could be ready to make his
debut sometime during the 2002 season.