The Chicago White Sox added a player that is great on defense with the Rule 5 draft today. The White Sox selected infielder Angel Sanchez 17th overall.
Sanchez spent 2010-2012 with the Houston Astros organization. Before the White Sox drafted him he was in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. In Triple A last year with the Oklahoma City Redhawks Sanchez had a pretty good year. He hit .320, had five home runs, and drove in 45 runs in 107 games. He also had an on base percentage of .390; even more impressive in my opinion is that he only struck out 25 times in 107 games.
Sanchez is 29 and has seen time in the MLB in his three year career. He is a career .255 hitter. He most recently played for the Astros in 2011 where he hit .240. More importantly for the White Sox is the defense that Sanchez plays.
Sanchez plays second, third and shortstop so he gives the White Sox versatility. At the MLB level Sanchez has a .971 fielding percentage Meanwhile since he has been in the minors he has a .960 fielding percentage.
Sanchez is added to the 40 man roster for the White Sox and he is given a Spring Training invite. He does have a chance to get in the lineup for the White Sox. They need versatility and good fielding and Sanchez provides that. The White Sox have always liked utility players.
Sanchez has to make the 25 man active roster. If Sanchez doesn’t make the roster the White Sox have to offer him back to the Angels as part of that odd Rule 5 procedure rule.
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