Found March 09, 2013 on On The Way Home:
The White Sox announced this week they have come to an agreement to extend southpaw starter Chris Sale with a five-year deal that guarantees the hurler $32.5 million. Chicago also worked in team options for 2018 ($12.5 million) and 2019 ($13.5 million), with $1 million buyouts. Coming off a season in which he pitched to a 17-8 record, 3.05 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP, this is quite the franchise-friendly deal for the ChiSox when you consider the performance they’ve gotten from the 23-year-old. Sale had been productive throughout the duration of his short professional career, but 2012 was his first taste of being a starter, and he certainly took advantage of it. He seemingly came out of nowhere to anchor what ended up being a decent starting staff for first-year manager, Robin Ventura. In 192 innings pitched last season (29 starts), Sale continued to strike hitters out at a high rate (24.9%), but also saw his BB-rate decrease from his prior two seasons in Chicago (10.9% in ’10, 9.4% in ’11, 6.6% in ’12), when he was used exclusively as a reliever. Thanks for reading! To Follow Matt’s posts at On The Way Home and Rising Apple, you can follow him on Twitter: @mmusico8. If you’d like to join On The Way Home as a staff writer or write a guest post, you can contact Matt at What caused Sale to have so much success while pitching virtually half his games in a hitter-friendly park like U.S. Cellular Field? It was not only his combination of fastball, slider, and change-up, but it was how he used them in game situations that helped him become a household name in baseball. It’s important for starting pitchers to be confident in throwing at least three pitches at any time, and Sale showed no fear in throwing any of his last year. His fastball averaged 91.6 mph, but it was the difference in speed between his heater and secondary pitches that helped him continue striking out hitters at a high rate. His slider averaged 78.6 mph, while his change-up came in at an average speed of 82.1 mph. Pitching isn’t about who throws the hardest, it’s about who can disrupt a hitter’s timing the best; Sale used his secondary pitches to perfection in order to achieve this. Throwing his slider and change-up at the above speeds enabled his low-90s fastball to appear much faster than it actually was. Combining that with his ability to throw strikes, hitters were overmatched just about every time he took the mound. There is an escalator clause that could raise the overall cost of the contract to $60 million, which would kick in if Sale won the AL Cy Young Award, and is not out of the question, as he placed eighth in the voting this past winter. However, this agreement helps both sides, as Chicago buys out his arbitration years and first year of free agency at a bargain, and Sale has some job security, allowing him to focus on being the anchor of the rotation instead of worrying about a new contract every winter. The post Why The Chicago White Sox Needed to Extend Chris Sale appeared first on On The Way Home.

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