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Chris Sale

#41 | LHP
Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale
Name: Christopher Allen Sale
Born: Mar 30, 1989 in Lakeland, Fla. USA
High School: Lakeland (Fla.) HS
College: Florida Gulf Coast
Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 180 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
2018291.860.971.8612.72
Career1,353.12.961.052.0510.59
Drafted in the 1st round (13th overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2010 (signed for $1,656,000)
An unsigned 21st-round pick of the Rockies out of high school, Sale has developed well at Florida Gulf Coast and gives the program a first-round pick in its first year as a full Division I member. He was hardly good enough as a freshman to get any innings but survived in a relief role thanks to his changeup, which he has always been able to throw for strikes. His velocity jumped in the summer after his freshman season, when he lowered his arm angle to low three-quarters. The switch gave his fastball and change outstanding late life, and he started hitting 90-plus on radar guns. He shined in 2009 showdowns against supplemental first-rounders Rex Brothers and Kyle Heckathorn, then broke into the big time by earning No. 1 prospect status in the Cape Cod League last summer. As a junior, Sale consistently has delivered for scouts, leading the nation with 114 strikeouts while showing excellent fastball command (12 walks in 83 innings). Sale's changeup grades as plus like his fastball, and his slider is a solid-average pitch that's effective against lefthanded hitters. With his low slot, Sale can get on the side of all his pitches, especially his slider, at times leaving them up in the zone. Some scouts are concerned about his durability, due to both his frame (he lost five to seven pounds off his 6-foot-6, 180-pound listed frame due to a bout of food poisoning in May) and upside-down takeaway at the beginning of his arm stroke. But his arm is quick, and Sale repeats his mechanics, as evidenced by his command.
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