ARLINGTON, Texas — The White Sox’s plan for Chris Sale is to employ him in a relief role this season with the probability of letting him audition for a starting job next spring.
Sale’s professional debut Friday night lent some encouragement that he could advance through the system this summer.
Sale’s fastball topped out at 94 mph in Class-A Winston-Salem’s win over Potomac, according to one scouting report.
Although Sale’s fastball was clocked as fast as 96 mph during his junior season for Florida Gulf Coast, his velocity was an optimistic development.
Sale was pitching in his first game since May 25, when he struck out 11 in a win over Stetson in which he threw 122 pitches, 78 for strikes.
Sale threw a scoreless inning for Winston-Salem, walking one, inducing two groundouts and a fly in a 15-pitch outing.