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06/22/2010 7:24 PM ET
White Sox agree to terms with Chris Sale
Pitcher to start career at Class A Winston-Salem
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with left-handed pitcher Chris Sale, their first-round choice (No. 13 overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Sale, a 21-year-old junior, went 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA (23 ER/103.0 IP), 14 walks and 146 strikeouts in 17 games (15 starts) with the Eagles in 2010. He ranks second among all Division I pitchers in strikeouts, eighth in ERA and tied for 12th in wins.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder was named the 2010 National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year and a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation's best amateur player.

Sale was listed by Baseball America as the No. 4 overall prospect in the Draft behind catcher/outfielder Bryce Harper, left-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon and infielder Manny Machado. He also was ranked by the same publication as possessing the best command among draft-eligible college players, and as the second closest to the Majors.

Sale, who was recommended by White Sox scouts Jose Ortega and Nick Hostetler, will begin his professional career with Class A Winston-Salem in the Carolina League.

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