6'1" 215 lbs DOB: 7/5/1991
Bats: Left Throws: Right
2010: Did Not Play
Acquired: 2010 Draft, 1st Round
The Rays top pick in 2010, Sale's calling card is his bat. He's average-at-best in the outfield and on the bases, which means that his hitting really needs to come through, but it's got a chance to be elite. The son of a professional weight lifter, Sale is pure strength with plus bat speed. He's got the chance to produce plus-plus power down the line. His pure hitting tool isn't as good, and he needs to iron out some glitches with his swing, but it's able to play up because he's a selective hitter and waits for a good pitch to hit.
Sale's hitting far outranks the rest of his game. He's a below-average runner whose range in a corner outfield spot would only be average. His arm and fielding actions are both also only okay, and he's not much of a threat on the bases. He's a workout warrior with plus make-up, though, so he'll remain passable in the field and won't relegate himself to DH duty.
Generally guys with only two plus tools don't rate as high as Sale, but his hit and power tools have the potential to be that good. He's often compared to Travis Snider, who is also a hit-first player from the Washington high school ranks. Snider tore through the minors to debut in the majors with Toronto as a 20-year old. Sale won't move that quickly, but he's a good bet to force the Rays hand to move him along.
He's a good enough hitter to at least hold his own in the Midwest League, but with no pro experience, he may start out in a short-season league. The Rays have had just one high school hitter regarded as highly as Sale, Drew Vettleson, and Justin O'Conner, and that was Tim Beckham, who signed quickly and got a lot of ABs in Princeton his draft year, so it's tough to guess where they'll send the 2010 crop.