6/5/2013 10:58 P.M. ET
Sale recalls whirlwhind of emotions on Draft day
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Chris Sale remembers the 2010 First-Year Player Draft because of the whirlwind of personal emotions.
The talented left-hander was projected to go as high as No. 3 or No. 4 in numerous mock drafts, but he instead fell to the White Sox at No. 13 in the first round. That slip clearly worked to Sale's advantage. He was pitching in relief for the White Sox two months after he was selected and is a rotation stalwart for the South Siders.
"Yeah, that day was full of mixed emotions," Sale said. "I was excited for one. Obviously, it was a great day. Myself and my friends and family thought I was going to go a little bit higher than I did, but it ended up working out a lot better than if I would have gone higher. Who knows where I would be now and what I would be doing?"
When asked why he slipped a few notches, Sale pointed to his slender build as a reason that might have scared off possible suitors. He laughed at the idea that it was a signability issue, pointing out that he was engaged, had a child and was ready to go for "a case of beer and a bus ticket."
"Teams will do what they want to do. It's almost they don't know until they are on the clock sometimes who they are going to take," Sale said. "You say you are going to take this guy, but this team took this guy so now this guy is falling to us. It's kind of a crazy day. Overall it was really fun. I enjoyed it."
Sale wasn't the only one. Prior to Tuesday night's baseball action, Courtney Hawkins put forth the following tweet.
"A year ago today I was drafted by @whitesox and a dream came true," Hawkins wrote. "My life changed and knowing I'm truly blessed."
Hawkins was the 13th pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, and while battling through a left rotator cuff injury and early struggles, he has knocked out 10 homers in 95 at-bats, including two on Tuesday.
Manto sees more diversified offensive approach
SEATTLE -- The White Sox had gone 71 full innings and 256 at-bats without hitting a home run until Adam Dunn cleared the fences against Felix Hernandez in the second inning of Tuesday's 7-4 loss.
Dunn actually owns the last two long balls hit by a team that has its offensive success tied to the home run. But hitting coach Jeff Manto believes the recent lack of punch also points up a more diversified approach at the plate.
"I see a very good approach," Manto said. "You talk about [Alejandro] De Aza going the other way, and Alexei [Ramirez] hitting the ball the other way. Conor [Gillaspie] has been as consistent as he's been.
"We're adding a lot of different type of offense. We have the home run hitters, but now we have guys who can drive the ball to the gaps as well. It's a really good sign."
Manto listed Dunn, Paul Konerko and Alex Rios as the three White Sox hitters who can legitimately sit back and hit home runs. Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers also would fall in that particular category.
Those other hitters have to play their part and hit the gaps, according to Manto, to drive in those runs and keep the offense moving.
"Although we're waiting for those results in the wins, we're seeing signs that everyone is starting to fill the role they're supposed to," Manto said. "You know what? Not too many guys are swinging the bat as well as they should now, but the offense right now is an offense that's very versatile.
"We have guys who can hit doubles and singles and guys who can hit home runs. It's very exciting once it starts to go."
Strike one key to Jones' strong effort
SEATTLE -- Over Nate Jones' last 15 outings, he has posted a 1-3 record with a 6.97 ERA. Those inauspicious totals included Jones' perfect 2 1/3 innings of relief work Tuesday, resulting in a career-high five strikeouts with just 25 pitches, and another two perfect innings in Wednesday's 7-5 victory in 16 innings, while striking out three over 28 pitches.
Strike one was the key to the right-hander's effort against the Mariners.
"Yeah, I reckon so," said Jones, who threw 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes. "Once you get that in there, it kind of gets in their heads like 'Oh, he's throwing strikes.'
"I was able to throw the slider a lot more and it was working for strikes, too. I threw in a couple changeups and just kept them off balance."
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper stood firmly in Jones' corner during these rough times, based on Jones' ability and his 8-0 showing with a 2.39 ERA last season, which the young hurler truly appreciated.
"Whenever the coaches have your back, it makes you want to work even harder and fight even more. so it's a good feeling," Jones said. "It's a little bit frustrating because I felt like every time out I was feeling good and I was making certain pitches.
"It was just that one pitch they would punish all the time and I was getting frustrated at that. It was frustrating, but it was good last night."
Third to first
• Ventura (June 6-7) and Parent (June 7-8) each will miss two games during the Oakland series to attend family graduations. Ventura will miss Thursday's series opener, with Parent moving from bench coach to manager. Ventura and Parent both will be gone on June 7, with pitching coach Don Cooper and his 1-1 career record managing the club. Ventura resumes his managerial duties on June 8.
• Konerko needs just four games to pass Nellie Fox for second-most games played in franchise history at 2,116.
• Infielder Tyler Greene, who was designated for assignment when Gordon Beckham returned, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte.