FORT MYERS, Fla. – Evaluating every prospect throughout the 30 Major League Baseball organizations, MLB.com released its list of Top 50 prospects on Tuesday evening. Coming in at No. 25 on the list was Chicago White Sox lefty, and former FGCU Eagle, Chris Sale.
Sale’s rookie campaign with the White Sox saw him make 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 pick 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 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.
To be eligible for the Top 50 list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player-limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service
With over 20 scouts polled, each was asked to anonymously provide their own top 30 prospects list. An AP poll-type format was used. The top prospect on each poll received 30 points, 29 points for the second prospect, and down to one point for the 30th prospect on each list.