FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast junior Chris Sale was named to the 2010 ABCA/Rawlings All-America First Team, as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Sale has now been selected as a First Team All-American by five different outlets (Ping!Baseball, Louisville Slugger, Yahoo! Sports, Baseball America, ABCA/Rawlings).
The Lakeland, Fla. native and most decorated student-athlete in Florida Gulf Coast’s young history, is the first five-time Division I All-American in FGCU baseball program history.
Sale, already named 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), finished his junior season with an 11-0 record, two saves and a 2.01 ERA in 17 appearances. He racked up 146 strikeouts with just 14 walks for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.4-to-1 for the year.
He was drafted with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox and will begin his career with the Winston-Salem Dash, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the White Sox.
The ABCA All-America teams are collegiate baseball's oldest selections, dating to 1949. All Division I coaches have the opportunity to nominate and vote on these selections, which are initially compiled into eight All-Region teams. These teams are then finalized as the first, second and third All-America teams by the ABCA's NCAA Division I All-America and Coach of the Year Committee, chaired by Dean Ehehalt of Monmouth University (N.J.). This year, the committee selected 64 players as 2010 ABCA All-Americans.