Sale To Be Featured On MLB Network on Sunday
Sale, the 13th overall selection in the 2010 MLB First-Year Draft, was called up to Chicago on Wednesday, becoming the second FGCU pitcher in three days to make the major leagues. Casey Coleman, a 15th round selection in 2008, was also promoted to the “Windy City” on Monday to appear in the bullpen for the Chicago Cubs.
Sale made his major league debut on Friday night in a relief appearance at Baltimore. The Lakeland, Fla. product became the first White Sox player to make his debut the same year he was drafted since Alex Fernandez in 1990.
The Club, the original reality series about the Chicago White Sox front office, is produced for MLB Network by MLB Productions. As a follow up to 2009's The Pen, featuring the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen, The Club follows chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to a Major League Baseball club's front office. The Club premieres on MLB Network on Sunday’s at 9:00 p.m. ET.
During his time in Charlotte, Sale made seven relief appearances, going 6.1 innings with a 2.84 ERA. Sale’s call into the game usually meant the Knights’ defense could relax, as the 6-foot-6 lefty struck out 15 batters out of his 19 recorded outs. Even more impressive, Sale’s last eight outs came via the strikeout, as he limited opposing hitters to a .136 batting average. Sale struck out at least one batter in all seven appearances, two six times and the side twice.
The 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year and a five-time All-American (Ping!Baseball, Louisville Slugger, Yahoo! Sports, Baseball America, ABCA/Rawlings), Sale spent just 11 days in Advanced Single-A Winston-Salem before being called-up to Charlotte. Sale went four innings over four appearances during his stint with the Dash, giving up just one earned run and three hits while striking out four. Sale did retire nine batters in a row at one point.
Sale’s 11-0 record, two saves, 2.01 ERA and 146 strikeouts helped the Eagles clinch their third consecutive A-Sun regular season title. Sale became the second player in program history to win the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year award and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
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