Chris Sale

Position: LHP
Born: 3/30/89
Ht: 6'6" Wt: 183
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round in 2010 from Florida Gulf Coast (13th overall)
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #3 - 2010 Midseason
  • #1 - 2010 Postseason

Accolades

  • 2011 White Sox Best Fastball (Baseball America)
  • 2011 White Sox Best Slider (Baseball America)
  • 2011 White Sox Best Changeup (Baseball America)
  • 2011 #20 MLB Prospect (Baseball America)

Scouting report
When drafted Sale was a welcome addition to the weak group of left-handed pitchers in the White Sox system. He saw a jump in his velocity after his freshman year and switched to a 3/4 arm slot leading to being named the best prospect of the Cape Cod League in 2009 by Baseball America. Sale has a mid 90's fastball that has good movement and can get a lot of groundballs against professional hitters. His fastball has been considered a plus pitch. The key to Sale's success as a starter is his plus changeup, which will allow him to get right-handers out. His third pitch is an average slider which is effective against lefties. Sale's control is very good. Two plus pitches and excellent control easily made him the best pitching prospect in the organization. There are some questions about his durability due to his delivery, however, his control shows that he is able to repeat it. His upside may depend on whether or not he can transition back to the rotation as a pro and if he can improve his slider. Regardless, he showed in his time with the Sox that he is a premium talent.

Major League Outlook: #2-3 starter/back end reliever
ETA: MLB ready

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