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June 20, 2010

White Sox agree to terms with 1st round draft pick Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2010 7:20 pm
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When Chris Sale started to slide in the first round of the draft because of signability, it was a surprise that the thrifty White Sox were the team that selected him. Now comes a bigger surprise: the first- or second-rated college pitcher on most draft boards has agreed to terms for a bonus equal to MLB’s bonus recommendation for his No. 13 slot a year ago: $1.656 million.

Sale will take a physical on Monday and likely will sign his deal on Tuesday. He’s the highest-drafted player to agree to terms so far this summer. … While Sale will get less money than anticipated, the White Sox will give him every opportunity to crash their big league bullpen, perhaps as early as August. He’ll initially report to high Class A Winston-Salem, with an anticipated promotion to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-July. After spending this summer as a reliever, he’ll work in the Arizona Fall League as a starter and get the opportunity to make Chicago’s rotation in spring training next year.

Here’s video (mlb.com), a scouting report (mlb.com), another scouting report (baseballdailydigest.com), and his 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

More Chris Sale coverage here: reports from Kevin Goldstein, Jim Callis, John Sickels.

Also, What made Chris Sale adopt a three quarter delivery when pitching?

UPDATE: Gonzales:

As for the perceived discount the Sox might have received by agreeing to terms less than two weeks after the draft, Sale has a chance to more than make up any difference with a major league promotion that would start his service time clock.

In addition, that also would include a placement on the 40-man roster with a chance to make the major league team out of spring training in 2011.

General Soreness visits Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2010 5:37 pm


Jake Peavy took off his suit jacket Sunday morning without any sign of discomfort.

That was a start in the right direction for the White Sox and Peavy, one day after he threw a 107-pitch shutout after coping with an aching right shoulder.

“Just general soreness,” Peavy said. “Getting up and down nine times, there’s soreness there but hopefully we’ll work through it and be ready on Friday.”

Justin Smoak hits HR #8 (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ June 20, 2010 1:53 am

A 2-run HR against Houston’s Brian Moehler:

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9158579 (0:43)

Smoak went 3-4 and is hitting .223/.332/.406/.737. He’s hitting .311/.408/.574/.982 in June.

No Pitch F/X data was available for the HR pitch. It was an upper-deck shot though.

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