December 6, 2016. A day that would change the Red Sox minor league system as we knew it. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski sent away infielder Yoan Moncada and the kid with the 105 MPH fastball in Micheal Kopech to the White Sox, along with two other minor leaguers in a hefty package for the lefty. The Red Sox got a lot more than what they paid for.
In 141.1 innings pitched. Chris Sale threw for a historic 200 strikeouts. That’s the fastest in American League history. The Cy Young front runner also sports a 2.48 ERA and only 26 walks given up in his 20 starts. The second most strikeouts in the AL is Chris Archer with 162.
Sale isn’t just impressive with basic stats, he also has a faster 4 seam fastball avg. pitch speed. The league average is 93.10 MPH, Sale’s average 4 seam fastball speed is 94.63 MPH. It’s not just the speed that throws hitters off. Chris Sale likes to grind out games quickly and efficently. He doesn’t give batters a lot of time to expect what pitch is coming. In his arsenal he has a 4 seam, 2 seam, a changeup that can move, and a slider that’s nearly impossible to hit.
He loves to be in the games as long as possible. He throws an average of 109 pitches per start. Which is another category that he leads. Since spring training, manager John Farrell noticed his work ethic and determination to be here. ” Even in some of the functions we had in spring training, he’s not looking to do things to kill time. There’s a purpose to everything he does, and it has shown up and reared its head. I don’t want to say it’s different. (It’s) refreshing.”
You heard it here first. Chris Sale will win the CY Young award for the American League. There are plenty of great pitchers in the AL this year Dallas Keuchel, Lance Mccullers Jr, Craig Kimbrel, Corey Cluber, and Justin Verlander just to name a few. Sale is on pace for over 300 strikeouts, and is pitching the best season of his career. With Price finally starting to pitch, and Pomeranz on a roll, This pitching rotation led by Sale is destined for a postseason run.