FORT MYLERS, Fla. –
Former FGCU baseball star Chris Sale and his new teammates on the Charlotte Knights will receive some national attention this week when the production of the MLB Network reality series The Club
will take place at Knights Stadium.
Camera crews will be in town during the Charlotte Knights, a Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, current five-game home stand that began on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Durham. The show will follow the career of several players, including Sale, the club’s 2010 first round draft pick, who struck out the only two batters he faced in Sunday’s victory.
, 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, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Since being called up from Advanced-A League affiliate Winston-Salem, Sale has made a pair of relief appearances for the Knights. The 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year and a five-time All-American, Sale made his first appearance for Charlotte this past Friday, tossing a scoreless seventh inning that ended with back-to-back strikeouts. On Sunday, Sale entered the game with one out in the seventh and, again, struck out consecutive batters. Sale now has four consecutive strikeouts and has retired five of six batters he’s faced.
The 13th overall selection in the 2010 MLB First-Year Draft, Sale went four innings over four appearances for Winston-Salem, 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 has gone a combined 5.2 innings over six relief appearances at Winston-Salem and Charlotte. The Lakeland, Fla. product sports a 1.59 ERA with eight strikeouts and has given up just three hits and one earned run as a pro.
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.