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Birth Date3-30-1989
Height6' 6"
Weight180 lbs
Age25 years, 3 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.52010
1.42011
3.72012
4.02013
4.72014
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2010 CHA 21 21 0 23.3 0.0 23.3 2 1 4 0 0 0 92 15 5 5 2 22 10 10 0 32 1.93 2.70 3.55 4.9 0.5
2011 CHA 22 58 0 71.0 0.0 71.0 2 2 8 3 0 0 288 52 22 22 6 84 27 24 2 79 2.79 3.16 3.44 13.0 1.4
2012 CHA 23 30 29 192.0 191.0 1.0 17 8 0 1 19 1 772 167 66 65 19 263 51 46 6 192 3.05 3.22 3.70 35.0 3.7
2013 CHA 24 30 30 214.3 214.3 0.0 11 14 0 0 23 0 866 184 81 73 23 283 46 44 14 226 3.07 3.20 3.53 36.9 4.0
2014 CHA 25 15 15 102.0 102.0 0.0 9 1 0 0 12 1 389 71 24 23 6 100 17 17 6 110 2.03 2.45 2.62 27.8 3.0
Career15474602.7507.395.34126124542240748919818856752151141286392.813.063.42117.512.7

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2010 CHA MLB 21 0 23.3 3.55 130 .189 .273 .336 .427 .261 .271 114 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5
2010 WNS A+ 4 0 4.0 4.59 111 .210 .253 .322 .359 .249 .273 116 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2010 CHR AAA 7 0 6.3 2.47 146 .191 .271 .354 .452 .268 .250 102 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2011 CHA MLB 58 0 71.0 3.44 127 .217 .261 .323 .406 .259 .264 106 13.0 1.4 13.0 1.4
2012 CHA MLB 30 29 192.0 3.70 120 .230 .255 .317 .400 .258 .294 105 34.7 3.7 35.0 3.7
2013 CHA MLB 30 30 214.3 3.53 117 .236 .260 .322 .402 .268 .289 99 36.9 4.0 36.9 4.0
2014 CHA MLB 15 15 102.0 2.62 142 .194 .252 .311 .383 .255 .260 106 27.8 3.0 27.8 3.0
2014 CHR AAA 1 1 4.0 -0.45 209 .123 .244 .328 .373 .247 .500 106 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2010 CHA MLB 2 1 4 21 0 23.3 15 10 32 2 52% .271 5.8 3.9 0.8 12.3 1.07 1.93 4.9 0.5
2010 WNS A+ 0 0 0 4 0 4.0 3 2 4 0 45% .273 6.8 4.5 0.0 9.0 1.25 2.25 0.5 0.0
2010 CHR AAA 0 0 0 7 0 6.3 3 4 15 2 60% .250 4.3 5.7 2.9 21.4 1.11 2.86 1.8 0.2
2011 CHA MLB 2 2 8 58 0 71.0 52 27 79 6 52% .264 6.6 3.4 0.8 10.0 1.11 2.79 13.0 1.4
2012 CHA MLB 17 8 0 30 29 192.0 167 51 192 19 46% .294 7.8 2.4 0.9 9.0 1.14 3.05 35.0 3.7
2013 CHA MLB 11 14 0 30 30 214.3 184 46 226 23 47% .289 7.7 1.9 1.0 9.5 1.07 3.07 36.9 4.0
2014 CHA MLB 9 1 0 15 15 102.0 71 17 110 6 46% .260 6.3 1.5 0.5 9.7 0.86 2.03 27.8 3.0
2014 CHR AAA 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 1 2 11 0 100% .500 2.2 4.5 0.0 24.8 0.75 0.00 3.0 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 372 0.5430 0.3737 0.7266 0.4703 0.2588 0.7684 0.6364 0.2734
2011 1093 0.5306 0.4126 0.7095 0.5103 0.3021 0.8480 0.4452 0.2860
2012 2999 0.5165 0.4572 0.7688 0.5868 0.3186 0.8471 0.6147 0.2305
2013 3244 0.5419 0.4538 0.7568 0.5683 0.3183 0.8398 0.5814 0.2425
2014 1559 0.4990 0.4875 0.7418 0.6375 0.3367 0.8185 0.5970 0.2569
Career92670.52520.45250.75140.57520.31720.83670.58090.2474

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-18 2014-05-22 15-DL 34 32 Left Elbow Strain Flexor - -
2013-05-18 2013-06-02 DTD 15 13 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2013-05-13 2013-05-17 DTD 4 4 - Face Surgery Abscessed Tooth - -
2012-07-28 2012-08-06 DTD 9 8 Left Shoulder Fatigue - -
2011-03-28 2011-03-31 Camp 3 0 Neck Stiffness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 CHA $1,000,000
2017 CHA $12,000,000
2016 CHA $9,150,000
2015 CHA $6,000,000
2014 CHA $3,500,000
2013 CHA $850,000
2012 CHA $500,000
2011 CHA $425,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,775,000
2011Current$3,500,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$5,275,000
4 yrFuture$28,150,000
8 yrTotal$33,425,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 61 dB.B. Abbott5 years/$32.5M (2013-17), options

Details
  • 5 years/$32.5M (2013-17), plus 2018-19 options. Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 3/7/13, replacing 1 year/$0.6M deal signed 2/22/13. 13:$0.85M, 14:$3.5M, 15:$6M, 16:$9.15M, 17:$12M. 18:$12.5M club option, $1M buyout. 19:$13.5M club option, $1M buyout. 2019 option increases by 1) $2.5M to $16M with a Cy Young in 2013-18, or 2) $1.5M to $15M with a second- or third-place finish in Cy Young vote in 2013-18. Award bonuses, including $15,000 for All-Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/4/12.
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 8/4/10.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 2010 (1-13) (Florida Gulf Coast). Signed 6/21/10, $1.656M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .179 .235 .234 .179
11 vs R (Multi) .244 .299 .392 .242
18 Split (Multi) -.065 -.064 -.158 -.064
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .135 .205 .155 .143
31 vs R (2013) .252 .300 .399 .246
38 Split (2013) -.116 -.095 -.243 -.103
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Team is bombing...looking to upgrade my keepers in a 5x5 with 5 keepers. Currently have Bogaerts, Tulo, McCutchen, Cargo as definites; can keep either of hosmer/fielder/altuve. Should I upgrade and package for Chris Sale, or a better hitter?
(cxtorpey from Baltimore)
Sorry to hear you've had a tough year. My TDGX team, run by our benevolent boss Bret, is going through the same deal. If you can acquire Sale, I'm all about that. He's one of the rare arms that can anchor a dynasty pitching staff. (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Obvious question, did Chris Sale's mechanics contribute to his injury/strain?
(John from CT)
Impossible to know for sure, though it would be easy to say "yes" based on the premise that his motion puts additional stress on the joints. But given the multitude of factors that contribute to injury, I refuse to pin his injury on his delivery alone. It's ugly, and it definitely poses some risk factors, but it's worth noting that Sale finishes with excellent mechanics at release point - it's the vulture arm action and the imbalance during his stride phase that frightens the children. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given what you've seen to date, and considering it's still only April, who do you think will be in the Series?
(John from CT)
I looked up the staff preseason predictions to see who I had winning the World Series. I chose the Nationals. I also had the Rays and Diamondbacks making the playoffs, and Clayton Kershaw, Mat Latos, and Chris Sale finishing in the top-six of Cy Young voting. So that's a good way to start the chat.

I'll stick with the Nationals for now. In the AL, I'll guess Detroit. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the insiders buzz regarding Chris Sale? His manager says he thinks he may be back soon and without a minor league tune up. Your take?
(John from CT)
They would know better than me, my man. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Chris Sale primed for a CY Young caliber season or do you see his funky delivery blowing out his elbow before he gets the chance?
(Wingman from TX)
His delivery is full of risk factors, but injury prediction is a dangerous game given the plethora of variables and the impossibility of knowing about elements such as joint integrity, tendon strength, genetics, conditioning, etc. Performance-wise he is already at or near CY caliber, and though his team's offense might limit the W's, I think that Sale is one of the top pitchers in the AL as long as he is on the mound.

On the jukebox: The Clash, "Charlie Don't Surf" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)In keeper league would you trade Sano for Chris Sale?
(Jon from LA)
Absolutely. Sano could be a star, but you're getting a guy that is an ace right now. You could just flip Sale for more. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug, is there anything to be done with Chris Sale besides a nightly prayer? Those were some awfully high pitch counts during a season that didn't matter last year.
(Daniel Schoenfeld from Evanston, IL)
There are definitely concerns with his vulture-like arm action and lanky frame, but he is actually very efficient with his delivery from foot strike through release point. High pitch counts do add to the levels of worry, but I think that the baseball public has become hyper-sensitive to pitch counts, especially given the reality that different pitchers can withstand very different thresholds. The perception of 120 pitches creates knee-jerk reactions of panic, but this is not necessarily the case. Sale exceeded 120 pitches three times last year, topping out at 124, and I don't think that's dangerous in and of itself.

On the jukebox: Eminem, "Stan" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. Itís probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, hereís what I came up with after about 30 min of research. Iíll note that since Iím not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, Iíve restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. Iíll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, heíd probably have made it on this list. Obviously thatís not how weíd rank them now, and itís funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last yearís pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you know anyone who thinks Chris Sale can prevent his arm from flying off his shoulder in the future? And does the general injury sqeaumishness related to his delivery present an exploitable opportunity for owners to draft/acquire through trade at a lower price?
(TommyC from Rosemont)
I think it can be exploitable. The arm action worries me, though at some point one acknowledges that it's working for now. I do think injury gets him at some point, but that can be said for most any pitcher. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Rick Hahn would you trade Chris Sale?
(Justin from Chicago, IL)
It's easy for me to say, but I don't see the talent to compete at the major league level, and I'd rather move Sale a few years too early than a few years too late. I'd move him for near major league ready talent with impact potential. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Chris Sale rank if you are measuring trade value of SP? Would you still be concerned about his motion even after two full seasons? Will that concern ever disappear?
(petelunchbox from Handsome City)
I'd say he has plenty of value, given his age, success and the friendly nature of his contract. I am less concerned about his delivery than most people it seems, and, no, I don't ever expect to stop hearing this question. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Sale's slider an 80 pitch?
(djs711 from Chicago)
70-grade at the very least, but there's an argument for 80. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)At what point do people admit they were wrong about Chris Sale and that his mechanics, while not ideal, work for him?
(Max from Westeros)
It's not so much that "people were wrong" about Sale's mechanics, as it is possible that both A) he is inefficient and B) it works for him. Beyond the scary-looking stuff with his limbs, Sale also has poor balance and a misdirected stride, which both create barriers to repetition. I am very impressed that he has been able to harness that delivery and overcome the obstacles, as it speaks very well to his development skills and learning curve, but he is still a risky proposition going forward (from both an injury standpoint and performance). Many pitchers improve these elements as they age, and I would like to think that Sale will continue to improve while keeping some of his signature style.

On the jukebox: Danzig, "Twist of Cain" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have your thoughts on Chris Sale changed? Do you think he can stay healthy? True #1 potential?
(Justin from Chicago, IL)
My thoughts haven't actually changed. I just admitted I was wrong. I still question his long-term durability based on his physical and mechanical profiles. I'll probably end up being wrong again. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league in which I'm competing, but I'm weak at SP, I can trade 2 prospect picks, Gerrit Cole, & Brian McCann for Chris Sale and Alex Cobb. I'm leaning no because I lurve me some Cole. Still, I have Carlos Santana, and with Josh Johnson, Halladay, & Haren all disappointing, I could use the help (Rest of staff is Medlen, Moore, Gallardo, Wainwright, and CC). Should I pull the trigger?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
I love Cole, too, but if you're in contention to win this year, you do the deal. Prospect love kills folks in these leagues bc they get married to endless cycle of the future and then they want to compete now and have future assets. Just focus on now. I'd do the deal. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pedro Strop's fastball had great armside movement last night. Who has the best tail on their fastball in the majors?
(Matt from Chicago)
I think Chris Sale. Fernando Rodney for the relievers. Check out our leader board tool, use the HMOV sort (keep in mind Tampa's PFX system is a little off so their lefties seem to get extra tail) http://www.baseballprospectus.com/pitchfx/leaderboards/ (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you concerned about Chris Sale's mechanics?
(Mike from Rhode Island)
Shaggy from Scooby Doo has got some very negative indicators. Doug Thorburn does a great job discussing the mechanics in the SP Guide. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben, Love the podcast! Was offered Kemp for my Chris Sale in a weekly h2h points league. Accept? Thanks, Brian
(brianincbus from Cape Coral, FL)
Yes. Sale scares me even a little more than most pitchers, which is already a lot. Kemp averaged 159 games in the four seasons before 2012, so I'm not too down on his durability yet. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many starts until Chris Sale explodes (in a bad way)?
(Max from LA)
It's impossible to tell. His delivery is full of injury red flags, but there are player-specific variables when it comes to conditioning and genetics that ultimately play a bigger role than is often acknowledged. Perhaps he has the structural stability to support his motion for years, though I would hedge my bets. But then again, I never thought that Jake Peavy's elbow would survive as long as it did, but his structural integrity in the joint allowed him to pitch for years, and when his arm did give out it was actually his shoulder that broke down (indicating a weakness relative to the elbow).

On the jukebox: Anthrax, "Only" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which players mechanics worry you the most?
(Henry from bar)
The easy answer is Chris Sale, and it's a legitimate concern. I also worry about Tyler Skaggs, Wily Peralta, and Mike Fiers for various reasons. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see my transition into the rotation going?
(Aroldis Chapman from Warming Up)
Not as well as most. I want it to go brilliantly like Chris Sale's, but I keep coming back to a 4.00 ERA and a ton of Ks. (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a native chicagoan, It's almost embarassing what the White Sox have done(or not done) this offseason. Spent waaaay too much on a player coming off a surprising all-around year, but needs a platoon-mate to be successful and has little-to-no-power in his bat. Is this the dreaded "R-word"(rebuilding) that Kenny Williams hinted about but always managed to avoid?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Williams could try to rebuild, but I'm not sure how. Off the top of my head, he's got Dayan Viciedo and Chris Sale as somewhat established players who theoretically haven't reached their prime. I'm not sure those are foundational guys, but they aren't bad. Then again, I don't ever dismiss Williams, who has enjoyed a great deal of success by doing things that baffle me. Someone should write a book and/or movie about him. (Geoff Young)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Talk about Chris Sale's mechanics. Any long-term concerns?
(nickkappel from Iowa)
Sale has frightening mechanics, due to a potentially lethal combination of extreme hyperabduction of the shoulders, extreme scapular load, and the tendency to drag the elbow as he gets into maximum external rotation of the throwing arm. Perhaps he has the functional strength to withstand the risk factors, and I can't speak to his conditioning work, but his mechanical profile is full of injury red flags. The lack of balance is also a concern, again relating to his ability to repeat the delivery, but thus far he has overcome all of the barriers to find a consistent release point, which does speak well to his underlying strength indicators. He might be ok in the short term, but I would downgrade his status in a fantasy keeper league due to the risks inherent in his motion.

On the jukebox: AFI, "The Leaving Song, Part 2" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Chris Sale having the year Matt Moore was supposed to have?
(Omar Little from Baltimore)
Chris Sale is having a year that nobody is *supposed* to have. You just put enough good players in a room together and wait for one to do something incredible. Sale might be the sexiest expected starter in the AL right now. (Sam Miller)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Chris Sale this insanely good or will this season be the outlier of his career?
(Paul from DC)
Oh, and on the 4th of July beer question, no idea what my plans are yet but a good guess is something from the Six Point line (Sweet Action or Crisp).

As for Chris Sale, I'll go with outlier, as I have a hard time imagining he can maintain a .257 BABIP forever, and I don't think he'll be striking out more than a batter per inning forever as well. Still, he's having a hell of a year and I hope he can remain healthy. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-05-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Chris Sale's condor-like mechanics will lead to a major elbow injury before the season is over? And is keeping him in the rotation better, from an injury-prevention perspective, than having him in the bullpen?
(Nick from Michigan)
There is no telling when a pitcher's body might succumb to the kinetic toll, but Sale's delivery is certainly high-risk and his frame suggests fragility. The rotation vs. bullpen question is a good one, because the debate goes deeper than innings-counts. That said, I think that the Sox do have more flexibility with his usage patterns out of the bullpen as opposed to falling slave to the 5-day routine of starting (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper League...looking to move LaHair for some SP. Who would be some of your favorite mid-level starters to target right now? Points league with emphasis on ERA/quality starts. Always looking for upside but need current yr production as well.
(David from San Diego)
Maybe try Brandon Morrow, Anibal Sanchez, Jordan Zimmermann, Jake Arrieta, and Chris Sale. (Derek Carty)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Sale, who's been very effective as a starter, is supposedly heading back to the pen because of a sore elbow. Over reaction by the White Sox or simple prudence?
(Paul from DC)
Prudence, but disappointing nonetheless. Some guys can handle every aspect of starting but staying healthy. Maybe Sale is one of them--the Sox would know far better than I. I hope he gets another crack at the rotation at some point, since he clearly has the stuff to succeed there, but "better safe than sorry" isn't a bad rule of thumb when it comes to pitching prospects and first-round picks. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy Question: In a dynasty league I can send Chris Sale, Banuelos and Bubba Starling, and cash for BJ Upton and two 1st round draft picks (which are like gold in this league). I rebuilt my team and have an OF of Trout-Gary Brown- Harper (we use LF, CF, RF), and my pitching is stacked to the point where Sale and ManBan wouldn't make my 5-man rotation. Is the trade worth it, or is Starling > my expectations suggest?
(Don H. from Oak Park)
Fantasy Question: Todd Bridges or Gary Coleman? I have a keeper league and I can only protect one of them. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)You are an animal! Do you think Chris Sale can become a successful starting pitcher? If so, what is his upside?
(Dennis from LA)
I prefer him in the 'pen because of his delivery and his arsenal. He has tremendous upside because he has very good stuff, but as I said, I don't see it staying consistent in a rotation over the course of a full-season. (Jason Parks)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Daniel Bard, Neftali Feliz, and Chris Sale are all moving from the 'pen to the rotation this season. Optimistic on the triumvirate, or should I have concerns (own them all in a keeper)?
(Mitch from cubicle 3s)
I'm actually fairly high on all three, especially if you have them cheap in a keeper league. They all have excellent numbers in relief (excepting Feliz's 2011) and could easily withstand the traditional 17% drop (as per Tom Tango's rule of thumb) of moving to the rotation. I also think each is well-equipped enough to make such a transition, each with at least three pitches to show batters. None should be counted on for high inning totals, but in terms of performance, I think they'll do about as well as you'd expect. (Derek Carty)


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Chris Sale has thrown 9,405 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Change (85mph), also mixing in a Slider (81mph) and Sinker (94mph).