Outfielder Josh Sale was transferred from Extended Spring Training to the Stone Crabs on May 28 due to Alejandro Segovia’s placement on the DL (concussion).
Sale was a first-round draft pick (17th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010. The outfielder only saw two partial minor league seasons largely because of a 50-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines in August of 2012.
Sale, who was ranked the 19th prospect in the Rays organization by MLB.com, struggled his first professional year with the Princeton Rays rookie squad. Power was Sale’s primary strength, but he only put up a .210 batting average and four homeruns before a wrist injury prematurely ended his season.
During the 2012 season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Sale worked to improve his swing mechanics with current Stone Crabs manager Brady Williams. He hit six homeruns in the month of May, and although Sale only managed four more before the season ended in August, his batting average improved to .264 and he drove in 44 RBIs.
Sale’s progression post-suspension remains to be seen, but his capabilities may prove to be a positive addition for the currently productive Stone Crabs offense. The Stone Crabs now reside in the upper half of many key offensive statistics in the Florida State League, after the month of April where they finished near the bottom.