While Erik Johnson was racking up strikeouts and raising his draft stock at California, scouts took notice of Scott Snodgress at Bay Area rival Stanford merely because he was 6-foot-5 and left-handed.

"It's hard to miss Scott because he's a big lefty and throws hard," Johnson said, chuckling. "He's got explosive stuff out of the bullpen. He makes a mark in anyone's memory."

One of Snodgress' few college highlights occurred during his freshman season in 2009, when he pitched two-thirds of a scoreless inning to earn the save in a 6-5 victory at Cal — with Johnson suffering the loss in the only game in which they faced one another in college.

Their college paths were radically different, but they've blended quickly to emerge as two of the White Sox's top pitching prospects.