June 17, 2010
13. Chris Sale. Sale fell from a projected top-five pick all the way to No. 13, providing the White Sox farm system with a much-needed stud prospect. When you watch him pitch, it’s like he knows what nearly every hitter is thinking, and he then uses any one of his three pitches to his advantage. It’s an uncanny ability that could translate to the next level with the proper work. Sale is a top-40 prospect and possibly Chicago’s new No. 1.
The White Sox intend to promote Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday before their game against the Nationals. Jayson Nix has been designated for assignment.
Minor League Splits’ MLE: .247.282/.405. BP’s MLE: .268/.304/.472.
Isn’t it a bit soon to promote Dyan? How about learning to draw a walk?
13. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
Inside the Pick: Every draft has one player who takes a surprising fall, and this year it was Sale. For the player some thought was the best college pitcher in the draft to fall to 13th overall is a massive get for the White Sox.
What He is: Sale is the rare pitcher who combines size (6-foot-6), velocity (up to 96 mph), and plus command from the left side. His changeup was among the best in the draft, and he consistently dominated week after week, including in his few starts against top-notch competition.
What He is Not: Sale’s low three-quarters arm slot gives some scouts concern. It prevents him from being able to get around on his slider, and gives right-handed hitters a very long look at the ball.
Path with the White Sox: Sale shouldn’t have too many problems at the lower levels based solely on his velocity and command. If he can find a dependable breaking ball, he has a chance to really move quickly.
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