A Tale of Two Sox First-Rounders From Lakeland, Florida: Chris Sale Brilliant vs. Astros, Carson Fulmer’s Journey Begins

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.12) for the Sox, LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85) for Houston.

Rodon is set to make his ninth major-league appearance and sixth start with four of the previous five quality outings. He is 0-0 with a 1.47 ERA over his last three starts and posted a no-decision on June 4 vs. Texas, allowing one run on five hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts over six innings.

Last Night’s Highlights

Avi Garcia‘s two-run homer, his sixth long one, and Melky Cabrera‘s RBI single were all the runs Chris Sale needed to lead the Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Astros, improve his record this season to 6-2 and give him his 50th career win. But that’s just part of the story. Sale, who gave up a lone run on five hits in eight innings, struck out 14 for a season-high and for the second time in his career–and only one shy of his all-time best of 15. He is also the first White Sox pitcher in history to have four consecutive starts with 10 or more strikeouts. In the previous three contests, he struck out 10 Twins, 12 Orioles and 13 Rangers. With 13 games of 12 or more Ks, Chris extended his own franchise record and becomes the first pitcher with three straight 12+ strikeout games since Pedro Martinez in May, 2001….David Robertson took over for Sale in the the ninth and struck out two to chalk up his 11th save.

Here are Avi’s blast, his third homer in his last four games, and a look at Sale’s virtuoso performance:

http://atmlb.com/1Qk6h6a

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/28033182/v151387383

Vandy’s Fulmer is Sox Selection at No. 8

The White Sox chose right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer of Vanderbilt, who has seen action as both a starter and reliever for the Commodores, as the eighth pick last night in the MLB amateur draft. The Sox will pick next at No. 112.

Fulmer is 13-2 in 17 starts for Vandy this season with a 1.82 ERA and 152 Ks in 114 innings pitched. Yesterday was certainly a momentous day for the 21-year-old pitcher. Not only was he drafted high, but his roommate and college teammate, shortstop Dansby Swanson, was the No. 1 pick overall by the Diamondbacks and his team advanced to the College World Series.

It’s interesting to note that Carson is from Lakeland, Fla. The last college pitcher the Sox chose from Lakeland in the first round has done pretty well. Mr. Fulmer meet Mr. Sale.

Get to know the newest White Sox…

Up Close and Personal:

http://atmlb.com/1KRTHo7

On being selected by the Sox:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v150621983/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150609_47198096&adbid=608092784562565120&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Hearing the News With His Teammates:

https://instagram.com/p/3sAKPmhz5c/

MLB Network Radio Scouting Report:

https://soundcloud.com/mlbnetworkradio/carson-fulmer-rhp-vanderbilt-university-scouting-report-siriusxm

More Fulmer

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/28033182/v151387383

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-draft-white-sox-astros-spt-0609-20150608-story.html

Quotes of the Day

What they’re saying about the Sox’ top pick…

White Sox Scouting Director Doug Laumann:

“We feel like for the second year in a row, we have been able to get the best college pitcher available in the draft…He is an impressive kid who has been able to go out on Friday nights and dominate…in the best conference in the country.”

 Assistant Scouting Director Nick Hostetler:

“Don’t know if I’ve seen a better makeup kid in my 16 years. I hope my daughter marries a kid like that….Curveball is special. A true strikeout pitch. Has depth to it, swing and miss pitch.”

MLB Network’s Peter Gammons:

“He has ‘the thing’–he’s obsessed with being great.”

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The Day Chris Sale Became a White Sox

Here’s a story looking back at the day the Sox drafted Sale. And juxtaposed is the photo above showing him getting congrats from teammates after his great performance last night.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/why-white-sox-hardly-celebrated-when-they-drafted-chris-sale

“Swing and Miss” Chris

Another interesting perspective on Sale, written before last night’s game.

http://espn.go.com/blog/jayson-stark/post/_/id/1257/chris-sale-on-the-cusp-of-making-swing-and-miss-history

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Astros at U.S, Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the finale of the three-game series and six-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.28) for the Sox, RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 5.18) for Houston.

2005 Flashback

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…

In Game 57 on June 6 at Colorado, the first-place White Sox battered the Rockies, 9-3, and improved their record to 38-19. Paul Konerko connected for his 15th home run, a solo shot, and drove in two, Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski collected three hits and two RBI apiece and Juan Uribe had a three-hit game with a run batted in. Scott Podsednik knocked out a pair of hits and stole his 31st base. Freddy Garcia pitched a strong eight innings for his sixth victory.

Photo of the Day

Yesterday was “National Best Friends Day.”

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