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August 3, 2010

White Sox call up 2010 1st round pick Chris Sale [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 11:00 pm
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Soffian @ N-P:

The Chicago White Sox could call up former FGCU pitcher Chris Sale today, according to media reports, giving the school its first two major leaguers within two days of each other following the Chicago Cubs’ call-up of former Mariner High School pitcher Casey Coleman on Monday.Sale’s agent told The News-Press that conversations with the White Sox front office on Monday also included the possibility that Sale could be called up today.

“Oh, you’re kidding,” Sale’s father, Allen, told The News-Press when contacted Tuesday. “We were given a heads-up that it might be coming but we didn’t know it would be tonight. Wow. I’m going to be heading to Detroit. I’m actually at a Rotary meeting. I’ve got to put my badge back and haul to the office.” …

Merkin @ CWS:

… “He looks like a good young lefty,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Sale on Tuesday morning, before pausing to take a phone call from Richard Dotson, Sale’s pitching coach at Charlotte. “You never know. We might see him tomorrow.”

According to White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator Kirk Champion, Sale does not operate in awe of his quick ascent to prime time. His fastball has been clocked anywhere from 91 to 96 mph, and he also throws a slider and changeup.

The organization has the slender Sale targeted for the starting rotation eventually, but much like the way Mark Buehrle began his career in 2000, Sale’s Major League debut will come out of the bullpen and looks as if it will come on this eight-game road trip to Detroit and Baltimore.

“Well, he’s prepared,” said Champion of Sale. “Whatever it took him to get to that point, whoever has had him along the way, prepared him well.

“We have not done anything as an organization from that standpoint. Our scouts around him had the ability to recognize this quality. But he carries himself very well — that’s the best way to describe it.”

Chris Sale’s stats: First Inning, Baseball-Reference, Minor League Splits

College stats and more:

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

Did the White Sox give Sale a virtual Major League contract in exchange of a lower signing bonus?

UPDATE: Soffian @ N-P:

After a day of speculation, former FGCU pitcher Chris Sale got the call from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night that he was on his way to the major leagues. “He’ll be in Detroit tomorrow,” Sale’s father, Allen Sale, told The News-Press Tuesday night.

14th round pick C Michael Blanke is off to a great start in Great Falls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 3:48 pm
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A hitting catcher? FutureSox:

Blanke had a strong pedigree coming from the D2 power University of Tampa so the 14th rounder’s sparkling start for Great Falls shouldn’t come as a major surprise. His July slash line (.341/.404/.647) shows his power, but he’s also able to avoid the strikeout. On the year he has just 15 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. The 21 year-old is hitting .341 with a .984 OPS overall. It’s just rookie ball and Blanke’s defense needs to improve, but it’s always nice to have a strong batting catcher.

Michael Blanke’s stats: .341/.391/.593/.984 with 10 BB and 15 K in 123 AB (Minor League Splits)

Also off to a great start in Great Falls: 5th round pick 1B Andy Wilwins: .341/.431/.560/.992 with 16 BB and 12 K in 91 AB (Minor League Splits)

Washington puts Adam Dunn on waivers

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 2:50 pm
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Olney @ ESPN:

The wide expectation among some executives is that a NL team like the Colorado Rockies or San Francisco Giants will be awarded a claim on Dunn, and that the AL teams that had serious interest in Dunn before the July 31 trade deadline — the Chicago White Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees — will never have an opportunity to acquire Dunn. …

BTW, here’s Crasnicks’s Waiver trade candidates article.

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