If there's anyone qualified to compare Jose Quintana and Chris Sale, it's White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.
Coop presided over both pitchers' rise from prospects to All-Stars, and before the two aces went toe-to-toe at Guaranteed Rate Field, he dropped by SportsTalk Live to measure them up.
"Chris Sale's got three to four miles an hour at least on the fastball," Cooper, who has led the pitching staff on the South Side since 2002, said. "Chris Sale's got a harder, sharper breaking ball. Chris Sale's changeup is better.
"But Jose's whole package, Quintana's whole package is good. He can locate his fastball as good, if not better, than Chris Sale."
What do the two have in common, though? According to Coop, they both pound the zone regularly.
"They both pour strikes in," he said. "The best pitchers I've ever had or the best pitchers I've seen pitch against us - forget about if they throw 98 or 88 - they pour their stuff in the zone."
The 60-year-old then couldn't help but bring a third lefty who donned a Sox jersey into the equation.
"(Mark Buehrle) dominated the game differently than Chris Sale does," Cooper said. "Chris Sale does it with strikeouts. He's sexier, he gets a lot of strikeouts. Mark Buehrle did it by contact, changing speeds and hitting spots."
One thing is clear: Don Cooper and the Sox have had success with southpaws.
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.