2012 Stats: 10-2, 2.19 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 98-25 K-BB
As great as Chris Sale has been in his second MLB season, the kid deserves a little extra credit for the journey that proffered this lofty ranking.
From April 9-May 1, Sale was happily cruising along as a starting pitcher, holding the opposition to three or less runs in all five starts. One week later, Sale abruptly debuted as the White Sox closer, blowing a save in his only relief appearance of the year (to date).
On May 12, Sale resumed his role as a fixture in the Chicago rotation. What happened after that is the stuff of legend—or Screenwriting 101 in Hollywood:
From May 12-June 9 (six starts and 62.1 innings), Sale had a 5-0 mark, 0.98 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 43-7 K-BB ratio. In that span, he also ranked second in wins, third in ERA, fourth in K-BB ratio, second in opponents' batting average (.150) and second in WHIP among starting pitchers.
2. Justin Verlander, Tigers
3. Jered Weaver, Angels
4. David Price, Rays
5. Matt Harrison, Rangers