TODAY’S OPPOSING STARTER: LHP Ray Liotta (a distant cousin of the actor), 25, was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft by the Chicago White Sox out of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida. While there, Liotta earned the 2004 Panhandle Conference Pitcher of the Year honors by finishing 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA. In his first year in the White Sox system, Liotta led the Pioneer League in ERA with a 2.54 clip with Great Falls and was rated as the No. 5 prospect in the league by Baseball America. The following season, the left-hander was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher in the Low-A South Atlantic League and also was a midseason All-Star selection in 2005. He led all White Sox farmhands in ERA (2.02), ranked second in innings (165.0), and third in wins (14) and strikeouts (144). He even entered the 2006 campaign ranked as the 8th-best prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America. Sadly, Liotta’s career was sidetracked after undergoing Tommy John surgery that cost the southpaw the entire 2007 season. Kansas City then selected the White Sox prospect out of the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December of 2007.