Sox Sold on Sale: Selected 13th Overall
FORT MYERS, FL – The Chicago White Sox selected left-handed pitcher Chris Sale with the 13th overall selection in the 2010 first-year player draft on Monday, June 7.
Sale became the Atlantic Sun's tenth first-round choice and also the highest choice for an Atlantic Sun student-athlete since Toronto selected Kennesaw State’s Chad Jenkins with the 20th pick in 2009 draft.
"Chris is one of the top left-handed pitchers in the country," said White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann of Sale. "He pitched in a smaller conference but had outstanding numbers and showed very well against high-level competition. We believe Chris is not real far away from contributing at the big league level."
Sale, who was projected to go as high as fourth overall in Monday night's draft, wrapped up his 2010 campaign owning an 11-0 record with two saves and a 2.01 ERA in 17 appearances. He also racked up a nation's-best 146 strikeouts with just 14 walks for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.4-to-1 for the year. The Eagles’ lefthander, who earned 2010 First Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, led the A-Sun in all three of the pitching Triple Crown categories during the regular season - an unblemished 10-0 record, a 1.97 ERA and 135 strikeouts. His 146 strikeouts during the 2010 campaign places him in fifth place on the A-Sun’s single season strikeouts list (tied with FIU’s Evan Thomas; 1995) and is the most in the league since Justin Pope of UCF sat down 158 in 2001.
The junior southpaw was named Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year and was also named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I First-Team All-American. The Lakeland, Fla. native became the first Division I National Player of the Year and also the first Division I All-American in Florida Gulf Coast baseball program history. He is FGCU’s second Division I All-American (Cheyenne Jenks; Softball - 2009).
Sale, the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year, was also named as a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation’s best amateur player. Five finalists will be announced Tuesday, June 8. The Golden Spikes Award will be presented at MLB’s All-Star FanFest in Anaheim, Calif., on July 13.
Sale also was named the Most Valuable Pitcher and the Top Prospect of the prestigious Cape Cod League last summer after going 4-2 with a 1.57 ERA with 57 strikeouts and nine walks for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
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