mblax10 wrote:Don't get me wrong, I love Sale. I have him ranked as the 4th best prospect from this draft (Harper, Tailon & Machado). Those dominating numbers were in the pen though. He was put in that role so he can try to help the Sox this season. I sure hope for his sake, the Sox put him back in the AA rotation next year where I think he can be solid. Hate to see good starting arms turn into Neftali Feliz or even worse, Andrew Cashner. I think Sale could be a very good SP if he was put on a normal development path.
A few things. One, I agree that he was the second best lefty in the draft and I wished the Reds would have taken him over Grandel since Mesoraco had his breakout season this year. I believe the White Sox view him as a starter long term and I think he'll get some AA-AAA time in the rotation next year. But I'm not at all against a young pitcher helping out a club win while in the bullpen. Current players like Johan, Liriano, and Wainwright all saw time in the pen before commanding the mound as a starter. I fully expect the Reds to use Chapman in that same mold. I also think Feliz and Cashner, who I still like, will be rotation bound in the next few years.