White Sox Sign Harvard Product Haviland…

The Chicago White Sox signed free agent RHP Shawn Haviland to a Minor League contract on January 12. Haviland, a native of Farmington, CT, was originally drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 33rd round of the 2008 draft.

Shawn Haviland was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 33rd round of the 2008 draft.

Shawn Haviland was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 33rd round of the 2008 draft.

The 29-year-old right-hander is a product of Harvard University and has appeared in six seasons in the A’s organization (2008-2014). He missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Haviland was a Mid-Season Midwest League All-Star in 2009 and a year later, he was a Post-Season California League All-Star. In one of his finest seasons as a pro, he posted a 9-6 record with a 3.65 ERA in 27 games for Stockton (A+) in 2010. Haviland won California League Pitcher of the Week honors twice that year — both in August.

Over the course of his six-year Minor League career, Haviland owns a 37-49 record with a 4.68 ERA in 160 games (141 starts). He appeared in one game at the Triple-A level in 2010 with Sacramento and has spent significant time at the Double-A level in parts of three seasons — 2011, 2012, and again in 2014. Overall, Haviland has tossed 410 innings at the Double-A level over 83 games.

Last season, in his return from Tommy John surgery, Haviland compiled a 1-2 mark with a 3.24 ERA in three starts with Stockton (A+) and a 7-7 record with a 3.87 ERA in 25 games with Double-A Midland. Over two levels last season, he combined to post an 8-9 record with a 3.81 ERA (28 starts).

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