6. Chris Sale, White Sox: Wow, that was fast. Sale was in Chicago just two months after being drafted in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. And he wasn’t there just to check out the scene; he ended up closing games during a pennant race. His long-term role, though, should be as a starter, so he can use his plus fastball, above-average slider and outstanding changeup to greater effect. He has a terrific mound presence and is mature, so he should be able to handle the opportunity to join the White Sox rotation soon without any real difficulty.
On his absent change-up, and newly prominent slider: Chris expressed that the gradual disappearance of his change-up (a go-to pitch in college), and emergence of his slider (a show-me pitch in college), was more of a thing that just kinda happened without any particular design. He postulated that it may have been due to him facing an inordinate number of lefties, but views it as a positive development, because he’s still really comfortable with his change-up, and now has developed equal confidence in his slider.