Chris Sale's dominance in context


Chris Sale's dominance in context

No, Chris Sale didn't break the MLB record for strikeouts in a game -- he would've needed a bionic arm to throw nine innings and top the 20-K barrier -- but he did break a record and nearly set another one over his 7 13 innings Monday.

Most strikeouts by a White Sox pitcher, 1918-present:

PitcherDateSOIPJack Harshman
7251954169Chris Sale
5282012157.1Jason Bere
6281995148.1Jason Bere
6131994148Juan Pizarro
7311964149Early Wynn
511959149Saul Rogovin
Most strikeouts in a game played at Tropicana Field:

PitcherDateSOIPChris Sale
5282012157.1Pedro Martinez
771999148Josh Beckett
4272008137Scott Kazmir
8252007138Pedro Martinez
4192001136Pedro Martinez
Other notes:

-Sale is the first lefty to strike out 15 since Erik Bedard did so against Texas on July 7, 2007. Cliff Lee struck out 16 on May 6, 2011 against Atlanta.

-Randy Johnson struck out 14 or more batters 46 times in his career. He struck out 19 White Sox batters on Aug. 8, 1997.

-Sale's 15 strikeouts at Tampa Bay represented the 30th time since 1918 that a lefty pitcher has struck out 15 or more on the road.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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