Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/4/12

Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale continued to be the model of drafting a young pitcher, developing him in the system, and then watching him dominate, as Sale improved to 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA after throwing a complete game against Seattle.

Sale allowed just two runs on five hits in the 4-2 win over the Mariners. He struck out eight and walked two, again cementing his place as the staff ace so far this season.

Coincidentally, Sale was the 13th pick overall in the 2010 draft, and the Sox once again pick 13th on Monday, again looking to add the best pitcher available.

"I've said before that Jerry (Reinsdorf) and Kenny (Williams) have always said pitching is where it starts," said Doug Laumann, director of amateur scouting. "If we're going to break a tie (between players), we usually break it with a pitcher. But it's important to see who the best and most impactful player is out there."

What might be different for the Sox this season, however, is that despite usually leaning on college kids, because of what they feel is a "thin" talent pool, the Sox could go with a high-schooler.

Laumann said the draft "is probably as thin as I've seen in a decade" because of changes in rules and money allotment.

"Teams started spending a lot more money on high school players a couple years ago," he said, "and I think that's really kind of depleted the college ranks."

But Laumann is also realistic enough to know that Sale was the best-case scenario for how a first-round pick works out. Especially since he was called up to the big leagues just a few months after he was drafted that summer.

"He was able to help quickly, and we kind of recognized that," Laumann said. "But at the same time, teams have done that in the past, and those kinds of guys didn't really have a particularly high ceiling. They were guys you thought might get (to the majors) quickly, but they kind of were what they were. With Chris, we recognized that he could get there quickly, but also there was something beyond that with him."

As far as immediate need for the Sox? Despite Williams using the word "rebuilding" in the offseason, the fact that the win over Seattle on Sunday kept them in early control of the division at 31-23 means they can go best player available.

"We weren't sure where we were going to be at this point," Laumann said. " 'Are we in a rebuilding mode or are we in a mode that we're going to do this and that?' As we sit here today, we're in first place. Had we been 15-30 and not where we are right now, the mode might have been, 'Let's start building a little bit.' "

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