Sale Preps For Golden Spikes Award Presentation
Monday, July 12, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Currently enjoying a successful start to his professional career, former FGCU baseball star Chris Sale (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland HS) is one of five finalists for the 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA) that will be presented on Tuesday, July 13 at All-Star FanFest in Anaheim as part of a production by MLB and MLBAM.

Originally scheduled to be presented and shown live on GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com, the 2010 GSA will be handed out at 2:30 P.M. ET. Video of the awards show won’t be available until 5 p.m. ET.

Joining Sale as finalists for the GSA are Chris Duffy, IF/OF, Central Florida; Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami (Fla.); Bryce Harper, C/IF/OF, Southern Nevada; and Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi.

Fans can learn more about the award by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball (MLB). This year will mark the 33rd consecutive year that the Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player.

Sale, Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year, the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year, a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year award, and a finalist for the 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA), has been named an All-American by five different outlets (Ping!Baseball, Louisville Slugger, Yahoo! Sports, Baseball America, ABCA/Rawlings).

The 21-year-old produced amazing numbers in 2010 to help the Eagles clinch their third consecutive Atlantic Sun regular season title. Sale finished his junior season with an 11-0 record, two saves and a 2.01 ERA in 17 appearances. He also racked up 146 strikeouts with just 14 walks for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.4-to-1 for the year.

Taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Draft by the Chicago White Sox, Sale’s efficiency on the mound has translated from the collegiate ranks to Winston-Salem early on. Through his first three relief appearances, Sale hasn’t allowed a run or a hit over three innings while striking out three. Sale has retired nine of the 10 batters he’s faced, including the last eight in a row.