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Chris Sale
Birthdate: 3/30/1989 (27 y, 11 m, 26 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-5/170     Position: P
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 13, Overall: 13, Team: Chicago White Sox
Contract: $32.5M / 5 Years (2013 - 2017) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Sale allowed two runs on four hits without a walk and struck out 10 over six innings Tuesday against the Yankees, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. (3/21/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Sale’s season was considered something of a disappointment as his strikeout rate dipped to 26% - tied for his lowest since 2012, but that glosses over the fact that his ERA (3.34) and WHIP (1.04) were both better and he won 17 games, four more than the year before. Sale had a plan to ease off his velocity and focus less on strikeouts as a way to conserve himself, but he was still throwing 15-16 pitches per inning, exactly what he’d thrown in 2015. After a summer lull in performance capped off by the “Jersey Incident”, Sale got back to hit roots and reeled off 100 strikeouts in his final 87.2 innings at a 28% clip and actually threw fewer pitches per inning (14.9) than during his first 20 starts (15.3). He’s a Red Sock now and his new park may help stifle a lefty homer issue before it becomes a trend. After not allowing a homer to lefties for three straight years and just three in his first 809 PA against them (0.4%), they clubbed five in 135 PA last year (4%). Fenway Park is one of the stingiest in the league for lefty homers and should allowed Sale to get back to his lefty-destroying ways. Some are concerned about Sale because of David Price’s transition to Boston, but his ERA was essentially the same home and away while his skills were markedly better at home. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Sale is working against a negative perception about his 2016 despite the fact that he equal or better across the board save the loss of 31 strikeouts, but his 233 were still second-most of his career. An uncharacteristic home run issue against lefties is likely to be alleviated by the his new confines in Boston. He’s an unquestioned ace.

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