Chris Sale fits that description. The 6-foot-6 left-hander from Florida Gulf Coast University, projected in some mock drafts to have Top 5 talent, was chosen by the White Sox. Sale posted a sterling 11-0 record, 2.01 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 103 innings for Florida Gulf Coast this past season, while walking just 14.
A key for Sale is command of a good sinking fastball, something Williams looks for from his pitchers in hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field. Sale also throws a solid curve and changeup, although he has less than a prototypical arm slot for a starting pitcher.
Junior: Earned BFC Outstanding Pitcher Award for the 2009 Cape Cod Baseball League Season after leading the league in strikeouts and innings pitched… Named top prospect in Cape Cod League by Baseball America… Earned Louisville Slugger Preseason Second Team All-American honors selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper…
Sophomore: Appeared in 14 games, making 12 starts… Went 7-4 with 104 strikeouts… Threw 89.1 innings with a 2.72 ERA… Recorded at least seven strike outs per start… Struck out 10 or more in three starts… Went six or more innings in all but one start… Had 12 strikeouts in eight innings and gave up only one earned run to earn his third win of the season against Belmont on Mar. 28… Threw a complete game, recording 12 strike outs against Stetson on May 15… Led the Eagles in ERA (2.72), opposing batting average (.246), innings pitched (89.1), and strike outs (104)… Second in the A-Sun in ERA and strike outs… Tied for second in the A-Sun in wins, and third in innings pitched… Earned A-Sun player of the week on Mar. 30 after a 12 strikeout performance against Belmont… Tied for 22nd in the NCAA in strikeouts… 32nd in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings… Earned All-Atlantic First Team honors.
Freshman: Second on the team with 21 appearances, all but one in relief… Finished the year with a 2-0 record with two saves… Threw 36.1 innings with 46 strikeouts and only nine walks… Had a 3.47 ERA and held opponents to a .250 batting average… Chosen to the Freshman All A-Sun team.
High School: 2007 graduate of Lakeland High School where he played under Coach Mike Campbell…21st round draft selection by the Colorado Rockies.
Personal: Criminal Justice major… Son of Marla and Allen Sale.