Chris Sale was drafted 13th overall in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Three months later in August, he was mowing down guys in the big leagues.
After his first full season in the majors, Sale has proved to be an elite left-handed arm out of the bullpen. Since breaking into the league, the southpaw has struck out 111 batters in 94.1 IP. Considering the fact that he's maintained a 2.58 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP, that's pretty unbelievable.
Regardless of his success in the pen, it remain to be seen if he can make the transition to the starting rotation.
To put it quite simply, he's a lanky beanpole with a herky-jerky delivery. This combination might not necessarily result in success as a starter.
For Sale to thrive for the duration of the 2012 season, several things need to happen.