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White Sox promote top pick Sale to Triple-A

White Sox promote top pick Sale to Triple-A

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fast track traveled by Chris Sale, the team's top pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, sped up a little bit this week, as Sale was promoted from Class A Winston-Salem to Triple-A Charlotte, completely skipping Double-A competition.

The 21-year-old southpaw gave up one run over four innings for the Dash, while striking out four and walking two. But outstanding location on all of his pitches served as the best news White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper heard when talking to Winston-Salem pitching coach Bobby Thigpen.

"I talked to Thiggy about him the other day, and I received a very, very good report," Cooper said. "The thing I remember [Thigpen] saying, for however long [Sale] was there, was he didn't throw a pitch above the knees.

"He's obviously an advanced kid. We would not be doing what we were doing if he was not giving us reason to do it."

Continued success at Charlotte could lead to the future starter joining the White Sox for the push to the postseason as a left-handed reliever. This quick ascension to the Majors was one of the reasons behind Sale coming to a contractual agreement so quickly with the White Sox.

"If we are in it, Sale would be considered, I would imagine," Cooper said. "It will be interesting to watch him at Triple-A. I'm hearing really good stuff about him."

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