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June 10, 2010

White Sox sign supplemental 3rd round pick Thomas Royce

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 10, 2010 7:25 pm
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Gonzales:

Louisville pitcher Thomas Royse signed a contract with the White Sox. Royse was a third-round compensation pick in this week’s amateur draft. Royse will report to short-season Great Falls.

Royse’s College Stats:

Year
era
w-l
app-gs
cg
sho
sv
ip
h
r
er
bb
so
2b
3b
hr
ab
b/avg
wp
hbp
bk
sfa
sha
2009-10 2.85
9-1
16-16
0
0/3
0
104.1
100
37
33
26
99
17
3
10
389
.257
2
6
0
1
9
2008-09 3.48
3-2
12-6
1
1/0
2
41.1
35
21
16
10
48
6
2
2
153
.229
3
0
1
1
0
2007-08 4.80
4-0
26-1
0
0/0
1
50.2
59
34
27
11
51
11
0
8
207
.285
2
3
2
1
1

Some info from FutureSox:

Royse, the Friday starter for the Cardinals, has a 90-93 fastball with good sink. His change up is developing and he has good control. However, he has had issues maintaining his velocity.

And CSN:

Though he spent the early part of his collegiate career in the bullpen, he’d like to keep starting if he could.”I’ve done both but I enjoy starting more,” he said. “They [th Sox] are in control now, so whatever they want me to do I will.”

Royse’s self-evaluation is as follows – an upper 80s, low-90s fastball that moves on both sides of the plate and has life on both sides of the plate.

“It has a little cut and run,” he said before adding that he has a “usable” slider that’s still developing and a solid changeup with which he is getting more comfortable.

THT on the White Sox draft picks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 10, 2010 11:45 am
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Pedicini:

Chicago (AL)

The White Sox took four straight college pitchers. They should be thrilled to get left-hander in Chris Sale at 13th overall. Sale blew up after a sensational Cape League last summer. Second pick Jacob Petricka out of Indiana State saw his stock rise this spring as he lit up the radar gun consistently hitting the high-90s. He may develop into a future closer with his arm strength. Addison Reed was a steal at 95 overall as well.

June 9, 2010

Chris Sale will start at Kannapolis (A) or Winston-Salem (A+)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2010 6:00 pm
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Merkin:

Upon signing with the White Sox, Sale is projected as a starter and will begin at either Class A Kannapolis or Class A[+] Winston-Salem. The White Sox obviously will monitor his innings, while Sale plans to continue his conditioning in the interim, although taking some time off from throwing.

Day 3 White Sox Draft picks (rounds 31-50)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2010 1:11 pm
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From the MLB DraftTracker

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
938 31 Young, Robert Dartmouth Col LHP L/L 6’03″ 230 1988-06-20 SR
968 32 Casey, Jarrett Northern Kentucky LHP R/L 6’00″ 190 1987-10-27 SR
998 33 Hollis, Jamaal Miami University RHP R/R 6’02″ 215 1987-12-03 SR
1028 34 Harvard, Dusty Oklahoma State CF L/R 6’02″ 1987-10-28 SR
1058 35 Spatola, John Boston Col OF L/L 6’00″ 190 1987-04-02 SR
1088 36 Griset, Benjamin Gustine HS (CA) LHP L/L 6’01″ 175 1992-03-12 HS
1118 37 Lee, Christopher Robinson HS (FL) LHP L/L 6’03″ 175 1992-08-17 HS
1148 38 Salgado, Bradley Great Oak HS (CA) SS R/R 6’01″ 185 1991-07-15 HS Video
1178 39 Schlick, Levi Barton County CC LHP L/L 6’06″ 230 1990-10-16 J1
1208 40 Gregor, Conrad Carmel HS (IN) RF L/R 6’02″ 220 1992-02-27 HS Video
Comments: In 2009, Gregor was selected to play in the AFLAC All-American High School Classic. He comitted to play at Vanderbilt University.
1238 41 Phippen, Samuel UC Santa Barbara RHP R/R 6’09” 210 1987-09-15 JR
1268 42 Bruening, Brett Texas Tech RHP R/R 6’06” 210 1988-12-30 JR Video
1298 43 Irvine, Lucas Northwestern St U RHP R/R 6’01” 200 1988-12-01 JR
1328 44 Chavez, Matthew U San Francisco RHP R/R 6’02” 195 1989-03-06 SO
1358 45 Cotton, Ronald Boone County HS (KY) OF R/R 6’02” 175 1991-10-29 HS
1388 46 Fort, Ronzelle Harlan HS (IL) LHP L/L 6’07” 260 1991-09-25 HS
1418 47 Reida, Matt Western HS (IN) 2B L/R 5’10” 160 1991-11-24 HS
1448 48 Santana, Audry Mariner HS (FL) 2B R/R 5’11” 170 1992-02-22 HS
1478 49 Schatz, Pat U Iowa RHP R/R 6’00” 185 1987-08-16 JR
1508 50 Vazquez, David Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL) 2B R/R 5’11” 185 1991-12-11 HS

There are videos for High School picks Bradley Salgado and Conrad Gregor, and Texas Tech Junior Brett Bruening.

CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski looks at the Day 3 picks. UPDATE: FutureSox’ Draft Tracker has reports on all the picks too.

BTW, here are the picks from Day 2 (rounds 2-30).

UPDATE: Linked names have been signed.

June 8, 2010

College stats for Jacob Petricka, Addison Reed, Thomas Royce

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2010 11:42 pm
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2nd round pick RHP Jacob Petricka:

Year

era

w-l

app-gs

cg

sho

sv

ip

h

r

er

bb

so

2b

3b

hr

ab

b/avg

wp

hbp

bk

sfa

sha

2010 4.11 7-4 20-15 0 0/1 0 100.2 100 51 46 47 113 14 2 3 .265 14 3 1 2 4
2009 4.76 7-3 13-13 0 0/1 0 73.2 87 48 39 34 49 17 0 4 291 .299 9 5 0 3 4
Year GP IP R ER Hits SO BB ERA W L
2008 11 33.2 23 21 36 24 18 5.61 5 1

3rd round pick RHP Addison Reed:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2009-10
2.50 8-2 11-11 2 1/1 0 79.1 65 30 22 16 90 13 2 7 296 .220 4 2 0 0 2
2008-09
0.65 0-0 25-0 0 0/1 20 27.2
20 3 2 7 38 1 0 0 100 .200 2 5 1 1 2
2007-08
2.73 3-1 24-0 0 0/1 4 26.1 24 16 8 8 26 2 1 3 100 .240 1 2 0 1 1

supplemental 3rd round pick Thomas Royce

Year
era
w-l
app-gs
cg
sho
sv
ip
h
r
er
bb
so
2b
3b
hr
ab
b/avg
wp
hbp
bk
sfa
sha
2009-10 2.85 9-1 16-16 0 0/3 0 104.1 100 37 33 26 99 17 3 10 389 .257 2 6 0 1 9
2008-09 3.48 3-2 12-6 1 1/0 2 41.1 35 21 16 10 48 6 2 2 153 .229 3 0 1 1 0
2007-08 4.80 4-0 26-1 0 0/0 1 50.2 59 34 27 11 51 11 0 8 207 .285 2 3 2 1 1

And RHP Jacob Petricka’s 2010 college splits:

W L W-L% ERA FIP APP GS IP R ER H HR BB K AVG BABIP WHIP HR/9 BB/9 K/9
Raw Totals 7 4 0.636 4.11 3.03 20 15 100.7 51 46 100 3 47 113 0.265 0.372 1.46 0.27 4.20 10.10
Park Adj. 7 4 0.636 3.93 3.03 20 15 100.7 49 44 97 3 47 113 0.257 0.360 1.43 0.27 4.20 10.10
Schedule Adj. 7 4 0.636 4.29 3.13 20 15 100.7 54 48 105 3 49 108 0.279 0.383 1.53 0.27 4.38 9.66
Park/Sch Adj. 7 4 0.636 4.11 3.13 20 15 100.7 52 46 101 3 49 108 0.268 0.368 1.49 0.27 4.38 9.66

And some info from FutureSox:

Petricka:

On the MLB.com broadcast, Johnathan Mayo raved about Petricka’s upper 90s fastball, but mentioned that he might need to be converted to the bullpen.

… Baseball America’s subscription only scouting report of Petricka mentions him as a high helium type pick this year (the strikeouts support this as well). They say his fastball velocity has been inconsistent, sometimes sitting around 90, others sitting 92-94 and touching 98. His curve is a solid pitch, but needs work.

Reed:

Addison Reed throws 90-92 mph as a starter touching 94 mph at times. He combines the fastball with a plus slider that has been nasty for him and his changeup is a solid average pitch.

Reed could develop as a solid innings eater at the Major League level, though his upside is probably not much more than a #4 starter.

Royse:

Royse, the Friday starter for the Cardinals, has a 90-93 fastball with good sink. His change up is developing and he has good control. However, he has had issues maintaining his velocity.

MLB Draft Day 2 White Sox picks (with videos and scouting reports)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2010 7:42 pm
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Using the MLB DraftTracker

Pick Round Player School Pos B/T Ht Wt DOB Class
13 1 Sale, Chris Florida Gulf Coast University LHP L/L 6’06” 172 1989-03-30 JR Video
Comments: Sometimes good things come out of smaller schools. Sale took a strong Cape Cod League performance and carried it over into his junior season. With the chance to have three outstanding pitches, all of which he can throw for strikes, to go along with outstanding mound presence, Sale has developed into one of the better lefties in the Draft class. Teams will have to look past a less than prototypical arm slot for a starting pitcher, but with the way he’s pitched, it seems likely a team will do that at some point in the first round.
Enhanced Scouting Report
63 2 Petricka, Jacob Indiana State RHP R/R 6’04” 190 1988-06-05 SR Video
Comments: This tall right-hander was creating a lot of buzz later in the spring when reports of him touching 98 mph spread like wildfire. His secondary stuff isn’t as good as the heater, though his curve ball has improved this year and his changeup has a chance to be a decent offering. There’s not a ton of life in the fastball, but he throws without much effort. People were pouring in to see him late, and that kind of arm strength tends to do very well in the Draft.
95 3 Reed, Addison San Diego State RHP L/R 6’04” 215 1988-12-27 JR Video
Comments: Heading into the spring, the thought was that Reed would be one of the more sought-after college relievers in the class, but the San Diego State product was stretched out over the winter in order to be the team’s Friday starter. He has performed even better than most could have expected, showing the ability to throw three pitches and adjusting easily to the role. A broken pinky on his pitching hand slowed him down for a few weeks, but presuming he picks up where he left off, Reed is likely a college arm moving up draft boards everywhere.
Enhanced Scouting Report
114 3S Royse, Thomas Louisville RHP R/R 6’05” 210 1988-09-07 JR
Comments: As a sophomore in 2009, Thomas earned Second-Team All-Big East honors and was named a Big East Academic All-Star.
128 4 Grimes, Matthew Mill Creek HS (GA) RHP R/R 6’05” 185 1991-09-04 HS Video
158 5 Wilkins, Andrew Arkansas 1B L/R 6’02” 230 1988-09-13 JR
Comments: As a sophomore in 2009, Wilkins was named the NCAA Norman Regional’s Most Outstanding Player and was a member of the All-Tournament Team. He was a 25th-round selection of the Texas Rangers in 2007 but did not sign.
188 6 Ravelo, Rangel Hialeah Senior HS (FL) 3B R/R 6’02” 207 1992-04-24 HS Video
218 7 Saladino, Tyler Oral Roberts SS R/R 5’11” 180 1989-07-20 JR
248 8 Terry, Josef Cerritos College 2B L/R 5’11” 185 1989-12-18 J2
278 9 Moran, Kevin Boston College RHP R/R 6’04” 210 1989-07-07 JR Video
308 10 Wilson, Ross Alabama 2B R/R 5’11” 185 1988-11-09 JR Video
Comments: Wilson is the type of gritty college middle infielder who’ll get plaudits for being a real “ballplayer.” He knows how to play the game the right way and, despite some deficiencies in his game, always finds a way to get the job done. The type who plays above his tools, he wasn’t performing with the bat the way he had previously in his Alabama career. That might hurt him come Draft time some, though there are always teams interested in advanced infielders who have the kind of attitude Wilson has.
Enhanced Scouting Report
338 11 McDonald, James Chaparral HS (AZ) SS S/R 5’10” 170 1991-12-16 HS
368 12 Lee, Crayton Morehead St U SS S/R 5’11” 185 1988-03-22 SR
398 13 Icard, Ethan Wilkes CC RHP R/R 6’02” 180 1990-08-28 J2
428 14 Blanke, Michael University of Tampa C R/R 6’03” 220 1988-10-17 JR
458 15 O’Connell, Sean Chatsworth HS (CA) C L/R 6’04” 190 1991-12-12 HS
488 16 McCray, Edward Tennessee RHP L/R 6’03” 235 1987-10-06 SR
518 17 Schwartz, Michael U Tampa 1B L/R 6’00” 220 1987-05-04 SR
548 18 Thorpe, Randall San Jacinto College North LF R/R 6’01” 185 1989-04-02 J2
578 19 Murray, Douglas U San Francisco RHP R/R 6’02” 195 1988-09-26 SR
608 20 Ramos, Jose Western Oklahoma St Col C R/R 5’11” 190 1987-07-19 J2
638 21 Jones, Tyler Madison College RHP R/R 6’03” 190 1989-09-05 J2
668 22 Guillen, Ozney Monsignor Edward Pace HS (FL) RF L/R 6’02” 209 1992-01-03 HS Video
698 23 Evans, Austin University of Tampa RHP R/R 6’03” 220 1987-11-05 JR
728 24 Keegan, Jordan Col of Southern Nevada OF L/L 6’00” 180 1989-12-23 J2
758 25 Wilson, Ethan Indiana U SS R/R 6’00” 190 1989-03-09 SO
788 26 Rath, Kevin Cal State – Fullerton LHP L/L 6’05” 220 1989-08-18 JR
818 27 Gehle, Pete Azusa Pacific U LHP L/L 6’06” 240 1988-01-15 SR
848 28 Windle, Thomas Osseo HS (MN) LHP L/L 6’03” 185 1992-03-10 HS
878 29 Earley, Michael Indiana U OF R/R 6’00” 192 1988-03-15 JR
908 30 Turnbull, Kylin Santa Barbara CC LHP R/L 6’05” 185 1989-09-19 J1

UPDATE: FutureSox’ Draft Tracker and CSN’s Kevin Czerwinski have reports on all the picks.

UPDATE: Linked names have been signed.

June 7, 2010

Baseball Beginnings Scouting report, video, Q & A and more on Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 10:37 pm
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Links to all things BB has on Chris Sale

Chris Sale scouting report:

STRENGTHS: Hard, sinking FB primary weapon, 91-93. Hard SL, 87-88, good CH, 81-84, weapon pitch. Balanced and coordinated, good arm action, lands well, command average with room for development.

Video:

When you break down Sale’s delivery, you find very solid points. He comes across the rubber in coordination, he aims at the plate, he lands fairly well, he is aware of getting on top of the ball and creating extension and downhill plane, and he has natural life on the fastball.

Q & A:

Sale: “I refuse to look at my stats. I look at them at the end of the season. I don’t want to know what I’m doing. I just want to know I’m pitching well. I don’t want to mess with the Baseball Gods. If you have a low ERA, you go out, it gets in your head because you say you have to keep it low. If you have a high ERA then you have to press and tell yourself you have to get it down.”

FutureSox and CSN on Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 9:57 pm
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From FutureSox’ College pitches preview:

Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast

Sale pitches from a low three quarter arm slot with great command of three pitches; a lively low 90’s fastball that can touch 94 mph, a very good change that eats up right handed batters and an effective curve. His fastball gets good sinking action and could be a ground ball machine. Sale was the Cape Cod League’s pitcher of the year and he’s sure to be selected early in the draft. He’s a hard competitor with great poise and mound presence. He has drawn comparisons to Andrew Miller but with better command. Where other college pitchers have faltered down the stretch, Sale has remained strong and is pitching himself into a top 5-10 pick. Projected draft position: Top 10 Pick.

And from Chris Sale’s profile:

Sale has a low 90’s fastball that has good movement and should be able to get a lot of groundballs against professional hitters. His fastball has been considered a plus pitch. The key to Sale’s success is his plus change up. His change will allow him to get right-handers out and remain a starting pitcher. His third pitch is a slider which is average, but effective against lefties. Sale’s control is very good. …

And from CSN:

While Laumann says that Sale is polished, any thinking that the youngster can get to the big leagues on an accelerated schedule, particularly coming from a smaller D-I school, is simply wishful. That said, the thought of watching Sale develop is an intriguing one.

“I think we get a little bit of everything with this guy,” Laumann said. “I saw him at least three times and the last time he was throwing between 88 and 92 in the first part of the game. Later in the game, he had a no-hitter going and he stepped it up a little to 92-96.

“He does have power; he throws a slider and he has a strikeout changeup. I would say he’s a power pitcher even though when you look at his body type [6-foot-6, 180 pounds], you might question that a little.”

MLBBB’s and THT’s Chris Sale scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 9:27 pm
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MLBBB:

Chris Sale is a tall, lanky left-handed pitcher from Florida Gulf Coast University. Sale came to Florida Gulf Coast from Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida, the school that fellow Draft Notebook prospects Yordy Cabrera and Eric Arce attend as high school players this year. Sale was a solid prospect with big projectability in high school, but his current stuff was rather short, and the Rockies justifiably took him in the twenty-first round of the 2007 draft. He didn’t sign, and he headed to a small school that has since transitioned to Division 1 status. After pitching fairly well in the bullpen as a freshman, he graduated to the rotation as a sophomore, having gained a few ticks on his fastball between the two years. The success he had as a sophomore was carried over on to the Cape, where he was the best pitching prospect in the league, vaulting him to likely first round status. With a second dominating year in the rotation, he’s cemented himself as one of the top pitchers available, and he has upside as a number two starter. His fastball is a plus pitch that generally sits 91-94, touching 96, and he commands it with plus precision. He gets a lot of life on it due to his three-quarters release point, and it’s one of the best left-handed fastballs in this class. His best secondary pitch is a plus changeup with excellent depth and fade, and it’s a Major League-ready pitch. His third pitch is an average slider that isn’t commanded nearly as well, and there are concerns about his inability to spin a breaking ball. However, with his track record of success and the attrition of other pitchers in this class, he is a likely top ten pick, where he should sign in the neighborhood of slot money

explanation of MLBBB’s rating system, 1B2 for Sale, inside

THT:

13. Chris Sale – White Sox. Another talent that arguably should’ve gone in the top ten. He’s the owner of a couple of my favorite draft-day stats: Only one walk against a lefty all year, and an identical 31/5 groundball/flyball out ratio against lefties in both 2009 and 2010. You have to make some allowances for his level of competition at FGCU, but after his performance in the Cape last summer, there’s no doubt he’s an elite guy.

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Chris Sale was #4 in BA’s, #5 in MLBBB’s and #6 in Sickel’s draft talent rankings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 9:14 pm
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Baseball America’s Top 50:

Here is a final update on our Top 50 overall prospects before the draft. This isn’t a ranking of where we think players will go, but how they line up based on talent. The First round is picks 1-32 and the supplemental first is 33-50. …

1. Bryce Harper, c, JC of Southern Nevada
2. Jameson Taillon, rhp, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3. Manny Machado, ss, Brito Miami Private HS
4. Chris Sale, lhp, Florida Gulf Coast

John Sickels:

Here is what my draft board currently looks like. This is not a draft prediction; this is a ranking of how I like guys. It changes every few days and is a work in progress.

Draft Board, May 24, 2010

1) Bryce Harper, C, College of Southern Nevada
2) Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands, Texas, HS
3) Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS, Hialeah, Florida
4) Drew Pomeranz, LHP, University of Mississippi
5) Yasmani Grandal, C, University of Miami-Florida
6) Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University

Sale gets an 1B2 rating from MLBBB:

My Seiler Rating system is designed to give a quick snapshot about a player without knowing a lot about them. It’s broken down into three sections, and it goes like this:

The first digit is a snapshot of the round range I expect a player to go in. A 1 is a player expected to go in rounds 1-3, 2 is rounds 4-6, 3 is rounds 7-10, 4 is rounds 11-15, and 5 is rounds 16-25.

The second piece is a letter that gives a player’s ceiling. An A is a superstar position player or true number one starter/elite closer. A B is an occasional all star/above-average position player or number two starter/above-average closer. A C is a solid-average starting position player or a number three/four starter/setup man. A D is a potential bench player or fifth starter/swing man/middle reliever.

The third piece is a digit that tells you the likelihood of a player reaching their ceiling. A 10% chance is just changed to a 1, 20% to a 2, etc. I’m very conservative with this part of the grade, because there are a ton of variables that go into reaching a ceiling, and it’s harder to reach a ceiling the higher you go up in your ceiling. …

My Seiler Rating system is designed to give a quick snapshot about a player without knowing a lot about them. It’s broken down into three sections, and it goes like this:

The first digit is a snapshot of the round range I expect a player to go in. A 1 is a player expected to go in rounds 1-3, 2 is rounds 4-6, 3 is rounds 7-10, 4 is rounds 11-15, and 5 is rounds 16-25.

The second piece is a letter that gives a player’s ceiling. An A is a superstar position player or true number one starter/elite closer. A B is an occasional all star/above-average position player or number two starter/above-average closer. A C is a solid-average starting position player or a number three/four starter/setup man. A D is a potential bench player or fifth starter/swing man/middle reliever.

The third piece is a digit that tells you the likelihood of a player reaching their ceiling. A 10% chance is just changed to a 1, 20% to a 2, etc. I’m very conservative with this part of the grade, because there are a ton of variables that go into reaching a ceiling, and it’s harder to reach a ceiling the higher you go up in your ceiling. …

1. Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada – 1A2

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX) – 1A1

3. Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL) – 1B3

4. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss – 1B3

5. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast – 1B2

Chris Sale Cape Cod league stats

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 8:27 pm
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Gonzales:

The 6-foot-6, 180-pound Sale struck out 146 while walking only 14 in 103 innings. He posted an 11-0 record with a 2.01 ERA. Sale’s fastball has been clocked in the 93 mph range, and he was ranked as the fourth overall top prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

Sale also saved two games and limited opponents to a .218 batting average. He posted a 4-2 record and 1.47 ERA with 57 strikeouts and nine walks in 55 innings for Yarmouth-Dennis of the Cape Cod League last summer and was ranked as the league’s top prospect.

Chris Sale’s college stats

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 7:56 pm
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Merkin:

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.

Career College Stats:

Year era w-l app gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr bf bavg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2008…. 3.47 2-0 21 1 0 0/1 2 36.1 36 15 14 10 43 4 1 2 157 .254 1 4 0 1 0
2009…. 2.72 7-4 14 12 1 0/0 1 89.1 83 43 27 27 104 16 1 7 378 .246 4 5 0 3 6
TOTAL… 2.94 9-4 35 13 1 0/1 3 125.2 119 58 41 37 147 20 2 9 535 .248 5 9 0 4 6

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.

White Sox draft pick LHP Chris Sale Video and Scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 7:28 pm
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Video

Scouting Report

Chris Sale – P

Florida Gulf Coast University, Jr.

  • Birthdate: 3/30/1989
  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Bats: Left
  • Throws: Left
  • Scout’s report filed: 3/19/10

Fastball: Sale throws his fastball up to 94, sitting comfortably at 90-92 mph.

Fastball movement: It’s got lots of sink, generating a ton of ground balls.

Curve: It’s got a sweepy slurve break, a potential wipeout pitch to left-handed hitters. It has some lateness to it.

Changeup: It’s a good pitch with a chance to be a plus offering. He uses it typically against right-handed hitters, and there’s some action and life to it.

Control: Sale is a strike-thrower who doesn’t hurt himself with walks.

Poise: It’s a plus, all business on the mound, with nothing rattling him. He’s got perhaps the best mound presence in the class.

Physical Description: Sale has a skinny, gangly, Andrew Miller-type body.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Three above-average to plus pitches, outstanding mound presence and excellent command.

Weaknesses: His slot, low 3/4, isn’t typical for a starter. His frame will lead some to be concerned about durability.

Summary: Sometimes good things come out of smaller schools. Sale took a strong Cape Cod League performance and carried it over into his junior season. With the chance to have three outstanding pitches, all of which he can throw for strikes, to go along with outstanding mound presence, Sale has developed into one of the better lefties in the Draft class. Teams will have to look past a less than prototypical arm slot for a starting pitcher, but with the way he’s pitched, it seems likely a team will do that at some point in the first round.

Sox will pick LHP Chris Sale says Jonathan Mayo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 7:12 pm
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JonathanMayo: White sox will take [lhp] chris sale at 13 #mlbdraft

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Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 7, 2010 5:48 pm
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