In his second season in the majors, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale had an absolutely masterful fantasy baseball season. Many people were hesitant about his transition from closer to starter in the beginning of the season, but those same people were quickly biting their tongue heading into the 2013 season, as Sale has truly become a legitimate starting fantasy option.
The 23-year-old started 29 starts in 2012, including throwing one complete game. He pitched an outstanding 192 innings, racking up 192 strikeouts, while only walking 51 batters. His 17 wins ranked fourth best in the American League, as was his underrated 3.05 ERA. Sale also had a rather impressive 1.14 WHIP, which has become one of the most underrated statistics in the fantasy realm today. He finished with an absolutely breathtaking fantasy stat-line in his first year as a MLB starter and even earned a trip to the 2012 All-Star game.
One of the reasons for Sale having such a strong sophomore campaign is his pure stature. At a staggering six-foot-six, Sale is a tall, imposing figure on the mound. He has very long arms and is great at generating the downforce to throw the ball down off the mound with power. Sale has matured into one of the most intimidating pitchers in the game.
Sale had an absolutely breakout 2012 season and is primed for greatness again in 2013. The Chi-Sox are never short of reliable veteran hitters, so expect them to at least be able to get Sale 18 or more wins in the upcoming fantasy season. He may be a little too green behind the ears to be a number one starting option, but fantasy owners should have no reservation about grabbing him as a second ace.
2013 Fantasy Prediction: 201 Innings Pitched, 197 Ks, 3.22 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 60 Walks