• Full name Josh Ezekiel Gasu Sale
  • Born 07/05/1991 in Seattle, WA
  • Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 215 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Bishop Blanchet
  • Drafted in the 1st round (17th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 (signed for $1,620,000).
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    Though he works hard, Sale isn't a great fielder, thrower or runner, but there's thunder in his bat. And in a year thin on impact hitters, that's what teams will be buying with Sale in the first round. Sale's father is Samoan and ranks among the best in the nation in drug-free powerlifting. He has inherited his father's love for working out and has a rock-solid, 6-toot-1, 215-pound frame. With bat speed better than Travis Snider--one scout even called it the best bat speed he has ever seen from an amateur--Sale has raw power that approaches the top of the scouting scale. How much of his power he'll be able to use, though, is a question because of a few flaws in Sale's lefthanded swing. He has a high back elbow and sometimes strides too early, but the biggest concern is that he raises up out of his crouched stance, changing his eye level and leaving him susceptible to breaking balls. Most scouts believe the problems are fixable because he's coachable and works hard. He also has a great feel for the strike zone and a patient approach at the plate, and he's so strong that calming down his swing shouldn't sap his power. He also has great hand-eye coordination, as evidenced by the fact that he golfed with a single-digit handicap until he was 15--as a righthanded player. Scouts rave about Sale's makeup and work ethic. He is articulate and studies hard in school, but won't make it to Gonzaga.

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  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011

Career Transactions

  • Round Rock Express released LF Josh Sale.
  • LF Josh Sale assigned to Round Rock Express from Frisco RoughRiders.
  • LF Josh Sale assigned to Round Rock Express from Frisco RoughRiders.
  • Frisco RoughRiders activated LF Josh Sale.
  • Frisco RoughRiders transferred LF Josh Sale to the Development List.
  • LF Josh Sale roster status changed by Texas Rangers.
  • Frisco RoughRiders activated LF Josh Sale.
  • LF Josh Sale assigned to Frisco RoughRiders.
  • Texas Rangers signed free agent LF Josh Sale to a minor league contract.

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