FORT MYERS, Fla. – Drafted in the first round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, former FGCU baseball National Player of the Year and current Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is slated to make his first career MLB start on Monday evening, as the White Sox travel to face AL Central division foe Cleveland, beginning at 7:05 p.m.
Drafted with the 13th overall pick by the White Sox in the 2010, Sale moves to the starting rotation after spending the previous two seasons in the bullpen. Holding a career 2.58 ERA, the hard-throwing 23-year-old southpaw owns 4-3 record in 79 career relief appearances, fanning 111 batters faced and issuing 37 walks. With the 2011 season marking his first full season in the majors, Sale’s record sat at 2-2 after appearing in 58 contests, holding a 2.79 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 71 innings of work last season.
After two impressive seasons in the bullpen, Sale tailored his offseason workout regime for the projected move to the starting rotation this season. Competing in the Arizona Cactus League during spring training, Sale showed exceptional control, holding a 2-1 record with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings while walking just four batters.
Currently third in the division standings, the White Sox (1-2) are coming off the season-opening series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
The Monday evening contest can be viewed online through the platform available at www.MLB.tv, or in the local Chicago (CSN) and Cleveland (STO) markets. Radio for the contest is also available on WSCR 670 (Chicago), 97.5 ESPN Deportes, and WTAM 1100 (Cleveland).