White Sox Pick Voight in 20th Round


The Chicago White Sox selected New Mexico State University shortstop Zach Voight with their 20th pick in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Voight, who played two seasons at Navarro after graduating from Denton Ryan High School, had a slash line of .301 / .388 / .405 and eight home runs during a senior season at NMSU in Las Cruces.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder participated in the 2010 Regional NJCAA Region 14/5 All-Star Game and was selected as a Third-Team All-American. In 2010, he hit .418 and knocked in 57 runs while helping the conference co-champions to a 35-18-1 record.  During his two years of varsity action for Ryan High School, Voight led the Raiders to consecutive district titles and a combined 52-20 record.  The 2007 District 5-4A Defensive Player of the Year was named the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year with five home runs and 46 RBI when he earned all-state honors.

During his 2011 junior season for the 30-16 Aggies at NMSU, Voight played 53 games in the infield with seven at shortstop and 46 at third base. He was tied for second on the team in runs scored with 55 and led the team with three triples.  He totaled 102 assists and 50 putouts on defense, including 11 double plays.  He tallied a season-high four runs against WAC foe San Jose State on April 16 and against Hawaii on May 20, and also had 3-RBI games three times — the first coming during a 9-4 win over in-state rival New Mexico.