Chris Sale, FGCU
Chris Sale is one of only six players in Major League Baseball history to play in the same year he was drafted. Sale was selected 13th overall following his junior season at FGCU in 2010.
While in Fort Myers, Sale was named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year in 2010 after posting a perfect 11-0 record with a 2.01 ERA over 17 games. In 103 innings during the '10 campaign, Sale struck out a national-best 146 batters while walking only 14. Following that junior season, Sale became the first player in program history to be named an All-American.
He was also an ABCA/Rawlings NCAA First Team All-American, CBF National Pitcher of the Year Finalist, Baseball America First Team selection, Yahoo! Sports All-American, 2010 Golden Spikes award runner-up, A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and A-Sun First Team selection. Sale also earned First-Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore and was a member of the All-Freshman Team in his first season for the Eagles.
Sale finished his career at FGCU with a 2.52 career ERA and a 20-4 record in 52 appearances. The baseball program has won four Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championships since moving to Division I, three of which (2008, '09, '10) came during Sale's tenure. He was also a regular in the conference’s post-season honors, earning All-Freshman Team membership along with a pair of A-Sun First-Team selections.
Since moving to the Chicago White Sox starting rotation in 2012, Sale has started in 115 appearances and is a four-time American League All-Star selection. In his sixth season overall, he currently has a 2.93 career earned run average, has compiled a 56-40 record and has never completed a season with an ERA higher than 3.07. Sale has finished sixth (2012), fifth (2013), and third (2014) in the AL Cy Young voting the last three seasons and finished in the Top 5 of MLB in strikeouts with 274 this season.