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Chris Sale is thriving in the White Sox's bullpen three months after being drafted

Sep 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

Three months ago Chris Sale was a starting pitcher for Florida Gulf Coast College and now he’s perhaps the most-trusted reliever in the White Sox’s bullpen, picking up his first career victory with 2.2 flawless innings yesterday.
Selected with the 13th overall pick in June’s draft and almost immediately signed to a $1.65 million bonus, Sale made quick work of the minors and has allowed just one run in 13.2 innings since his August 6 debut.
And while the rail-thin southpaw may not look like much at 6-foot-6 and 170 pounds–with even that weigh-in presumably coming after a large breakfast–his average fastball has clocked in at 96.2 miles per hour and Sale has also shown a devastatingly effective high-80s slider.
He’s struggled at times to throw strikes, walking nine batters in 13.2 innings, but opponents are just 6-for-45 (.133) with 19 strikeouts off Sale and the 21-year-old lefty has amazingly held right-handed hitters to a .074 batting average and zero extra-base hits in 27 at-bats.
Much like how Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox rode then-rookie Bobby Jenks to the World Series in 2005, if Chicago is going to catch Minnesota in the AL Central it looks like Sale will be a huge reason why.

  1. Mr. Heyward - Sep 7, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    I saw Sale the night of his ML debut (on tv). He clocked 98 on a first pitch fastball and the batter never saw it. The next pitch was a diving 83 mph slider that was breathed on with no chance of contact. If anyone can hit the strike zone consistently and manage a 15 mph pitch-speed differential than they should be A-OKAY! So far so good, now the Twins just need to remember how to lose a game every once in awhile and the Sox might have a chance for October ball.

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