CHICAGO, Ill. – FGCU baseball alum and 2010 Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Year, Chris Sale, has been voted by the fans to represent the American League in the 2014 MLB All-Star game hosted by the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15. It is Sale’s third-consecutive All-Star selection.
White Sox starting pitcher defeated Dallas Keuchel from the Astros, fellow Atlantic Sun/Stetson alum Corey Kluber from the Indians, Rick Porcello from the Tigers and Garret Richards from the Angels in the final vote.
Sale becomes the first White Sox pitcher to make three consecutive All-Star teams since Jack McDowell in 1991-93. Sale was the winning pitcher at the 2013 Midsummer Classic at New York’s Citi Field and joins teammates, rookie first baseman Jose Abreu (First All-Star appearance) and shortstop Alexei Ramirez (First All-Star appearance) on the American League Roster.
The Lakeland, Fla. native leads the American League and is third in the MLB with a 2.08 ERA and leads the AL with a 0.84 WHIP. He is 8-1 this season in 14 starts and has struck out 102 batters against just 16 walks. For his career (5 seasons) Sale has posted a 2.83 ERA to go with a 1.03 WHIP and 631 strikeouts.
In his final season at FGCU Sale posted a then-program-best 11-0 record to go with a 2.01 ERA in 103.0 innings on the mound while the lefty struck out 146 batters and walked just 14 en route to being named the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and National Pitcher of the Year. He would be drafted by the White Sox with the 13th overall selection in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft and became one of just five players in MLB history to reach the majors in the same year he was drafted.
The Eagles finished the 2014 season with a 39-22 record and their 19-8 mark in the A-Sun earned the program a fourth A-Sun Regular Season Championship. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting Facebook.com/FGCUBaseball or by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.