The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will head to Coral Gables tonight to take on the Miami (FL) Hurricanes in the marquee matchup of the day. FGCU held back ace pitcher Chris Sale to face Miami tonight and make a statement to the College Baseball world that they are for real. Sale started on Friday against Temple where he pitched two innings striking out four of the six batters he faced. Sale was rated by Baseball America as the best prospect in the Cape Cod Baseball League and was the fourth best player in my Top 100 countdown before the season.
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The Eagles also cleaned up in the superlative awards with first baseman Zach Maxfield earned the preseason Player of the Year honors and Chris Sale picked up the Pitcher of the Year nod by a unanimous decision.
We continue the list today with number 4 in our countdown with junior LHP Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. He is from Lakeland Florida and attended Lakeland High School. He played under Mike Campbell and was selected in the 21st round by the Colorado Rockies but decided to head to Florida Gulf Coast to continue his baseball career.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University baseball head coach Dave Tollett released the Eagles 2010 schedule on Friday and it includes 27 games at Swanson Stadium, 11 games against BCS Conference schools and 15 games against NCAA Regional teams, two of which advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals last season.
The Eagles enter their third year as a member of Division I, and have already claimed two A-Sun regular season titles. This season, the 38th ranked Eagles will be eligible for postseason play for the first time in the program’s history. The Eagles look to defend their back-to-back A-Sun regular season titles as they welcome 13 newcomers to a squad that returns seven position starters and four starting pitchers.
EIU adds seven for spring of ’11
CHARLESTON, Ill. – Striving to build on two Ohio Valley Conference championships the last two years, head coach Jim Schmitz has announced Eastern Illinois baseball’s seven-player recruiting class set to join the program for the 2011 season.
Chris Sale of Florida Gulf Coast continues to impress MLB scouts as he recently took part in FGCU Scout Day. Sale is a huge 6-6 185 pound lefty as he tossed 20 pitches topping out at 94 MPH while his changeup was 84 MPH while he has a deadly slider at 82 MPH. He was named the top prospect in the Cape Cod Baseball League after going 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA with 57 strikeouts while giving up only nine walks. The CCBL named him the Pitcher of the Year for his accomplishments on the diamond.
Baseball America recently put out their Top 25 College Baseball and High School Prospects for the 2010 MLB Draft. The college rankings are led by Bryce Harper who has received national attention for skipping his final two years of high school to play college baseball with Community College of Southern Nevada. The rest of the top five is Anthony Ranaudo from LSU, Deck McGuire from Ga Tech, Levon Washington from Chipola JC, and Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The rest of the top 25 is available below.
The Cape Cod Baseball League has put out their 2009 All-Cape League team. It is led by CCBL MVP Kyle Roller from East Carolina and CCBL Top Pitcher Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The infield features first baseman Mickey Wiswall (Boston College), second baseman Pierre LePage (Uconn), shortstop B.A. Vollmuth (Southern Miss) and third baseman Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia). The two ultility infielders are Zach Cox (Arkansas) and Nick Crawford (UAB). The outfield is led by Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State). The other four members of the All-League outfield are Gary Brown (CS-Fullerton), Austin Wates (Virginia Tech), Brian Fletcher (Auburn), and George Springer (UConn). The catchers are Mike Murray (Wake Forest) and Cody Stanley (UNC-Wilmington). Ryan Cuneo (Delaware) joins Roller as the All-League Designated Hitters.
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YARMOUTH, Mass.– Red Sox hurler Chris Sale (Florida Gulf Coast) sailed to the top of the list of pitchers this season earning him the BFC Outstanding Pitcher Award for the 2009 Cape Cod Baseball League Season. Sale was received the award after the first game in Round 2 of the playoffs at Red Wilson Field.
“It’s exciting,” said Sale. “I never really checked my stats during the year. I didn’t really know how I was holding up to the rest of the pack as far ERA, strikeouts, and what not but it was very surprising and very gratifying.”
Chatham defeated Brewster 5-3 behind five one-hit innings from Logan Varrett (Baylor). Box Score
Yarmouth-Dennis knocked off Cotuit 9-1. Josh Rutledge (Alabama) led the offense by going 3-4 with an RBI and Chris Sale (Florida Gulf Coast) picked up the win by going six scoreless innings. Continue reading