Published: Jul 01, 2012 7:28 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2012 8:24 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Former FGCU pitcher, Chris Sale has been named to the 2012 American League All-Star team.  He is the first FGCU player to be named an All-Star in the program's 10-year history. 

Sale, a 2010 first-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox has been dominant in his first season as a starting pitcher.  The left-hander ranks at or near the top in the American League in several pitching categories this season including wins (4th), ERA (1st), Strikeouts (9th), and WHIP (2nd). 

In May, Sale pitched his best game of the season.  In a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Sale set the Tropicana Field strikeout record by fanning 15 Rays' hitters, allowing three hits and two walks over 7 1/2 innings pitched. 

As a junior (his last season at FGCU), Sale went 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA, 146 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched.  He was named the Louisville Slugger's National Player of the Year.

The All-Star teams were announced Sunday, July 1, 2012.  The All-Star game will be held in Kansas City, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

For more on Chris Sale's 2012 All-Star season so far, go to his CBS Sports player profile.