Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is in select company as a MLB pitcher under the age of 25 who has already inserted himself into the national conversation. As the White Sox prepare for the 2013 season, the task for Sale, 23, will be to exceed the bar he set in 2012.
Among under-25 starters in the American League, the ace of the White Sox staff has already established himself as the best.
Matt Moore, from the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Seattle Mariners Michael Pineda have the talent, but they have not yet had the results. There are others, but Sale stands at the front of the class in the AL.
Where does Sale—who may get the nod on opening day for the White Sox—rank among starters under the age of 25 in all of MLB, though?
Let’s take a look at how he stacks up against MLB’s collection of elite, young pitchers.
*Statistics courtesy of BaseballReference.com, while velocity information was taken from FanGraphs.com.