2010 first rounder tabbed as top prospect in White Sox organization
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a whirlwind season in which he pitched in a collegiate, Single-A, Triple-A and major league game within three months, former FGCU baseball star and five-time All-American Chris Sale is featured on the cover of the Nov. 29-Dec. 12 issue of Baseball America.
With the start of MLB spring training just three months away, Baseball America has begun to break down each organization’s top prospects. This issue, the American League Central is featured.
On page 18, Phil Rodgers focuses on the Chicago White Sox, naming Sale the club’s top prospect. In the article, Rodgers projects Sale as the White Sox’s No. 2 starter in the pitching rotation by 2014. The primary focus of a majority of Chicago’s article, Sale is also stated to have the best fastball, changeup and slider in the White Sox’s minor league system.
Finally, Sale received scout grades on each of his pitches based on a 20-80 scale with 50 being the major league average. Sale’s fastball was graded the highest at 70, while his changeup came in at 65 and his slider at 60.
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Sale’s rave reviews come after a rookie campaign with the White Sox in which he made 21 appearances out of the pen, accumulating a 2-1 record, four saves and a solid 1.93 ERA. As the season grew to a close, Sale became manager Ozzie Guillen’s go-to lefty reliever due to his ability to get strikeouts. Sale struck out 32 batters in just 23.1 innings of work.
After being selected with the 13th overall in the 2010 MLB Draft, it took Sale all of 11 days to earn his first promotion from Advanced Single-A Winston-Salem to Triple-A Charlotte on July 13. Just 22 days after joining the Knights, Sale made the big move to Chicago.
A five-time All-American (Ping!Baseball, Louisville Slugger, Yahoo! Sports, Baseball America, ABCA/Rawlings) and Collegiate Baseball’s Player of the Year in 2010, Sale ranked fourth in the nation as a junior in 2010 with 146 strikeouts over 103 innings. The Lakeland, Fla. product’s 11-0 record, two saves and 2.01 ERA 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.
Sale along with fellow FGCU baseball alum Casey Coleman of the Chicago Cubs and former FGCU men’s golfer and current PGA Tour pro Derek Lamely will all be at this Sunday’s Dinner on the Diamond event held in Alico Arena. The trio along with keynote speaker Paul Azinger will address the expected crowd of 300. ESPN 770’s Dave Moulton will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.