By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
December 22, 2009
Josh Sale has left-handed power going for him and the kind of long-term frame that allows you to imagine him as a regular in a major league lineup.
Sale’s left-handed power is a premium tool that will make him a highly-sought commodity, but he does have aspects of his game that need improvement. As a professional, he’ll need to find out what position suits his athleticism best, but his raw power makes it a secondary concern. He should have enough power to find steady work at first base or third base. He might not get much taller than he is and he’ll probably stay confined to a low center of gravity, but it shouldn’t be a detriment. Sale’s hands are strong and he drives the ball and finishes with both hands. His power isn’t going to go away, so it will be up to him upon signing to show that he can apply his power as a professional hitter.
There is some concern for his stocky and strong body type, but as long as he manages it, and if his power is consistent and develops on the pro side, it shouldn’t be much of an issue. Willie Stargell was a barrel-chested guy with plus left-handed power and everything worked out well for him. Sale might end up with an American League team. I think you have to like Sale for what he is: left-handed power who can hold down a corner and grow as a player from there.