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Draft surely won’t bring White Sox another Chris Sale

Updated: July 14, 2011 11:53PM



Doug Laumann, the White Sox’ director of amateur scouting, knows there’s no Chris Sale in the Sox’ draft future this year.

‘‘Not at pick 47,’’ Laumann said.

The Sox don’t have a first-round selection in Monday’s draft. Their original pick, No.  23, will go to the Washington Nationals as compensation after the Sox signed slugger Adam Dunn to a four-year, $56 million deal. The Sox get pick No. 47 in the compensatory round after the first round as a result of the Arizona Diamondbacks signing free-agent reliever J.J. Putz.

Chances are slim that any team will find what the Sox did last June 7, when they chose Sale, a left-handed pitcher out of Florida Gulf Coast University. Less than two months later, on Aug. 6, Sale made his major-league debut against the Baltimore Orioles,
becoming the only player from last year’s draft to reach the
majors in 2010.

His remarkable ascent concluded with a 2-1 record, 1.93 ERA, four saves and 32 strikeouts in 21 appearances — and suggestions he might be this season’s closer. That might still be ahead.

Sale, 22, remembers the day it all began like it was yesterday.

‘‘I was sitting at home with my then-fiancée who’s now my wife, a new baby son, just hanging out and getting ready for the day,’’ he said. ‘‘We went out, and about an hour before the draft started, we were getting ready for a party my grandparents were going to have. I put on a nice button-down shirt, but three hours into it, I had to take it off. It was soaking wet [with sweat]. You get nervous not knowing what to expect.’’

Sale spent only four games at Class A Winston-Salem and seven at Class AAA Charlotte before the Sox took the unusual step of calling him up. Not since 1990, when pitcher Alex Fernandez was called up, had the Sox brought in a prospect the same year he was drafted.

Sale credits the organization and his teammates with helping him make the transition.

‘‘Being around these guys and these coaches and this organization, I couldn’t ask for anything better,’’ he said. ‘‘The big leagues are everything you expect — a dream come true.’’



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