Although it remains in the mid-30s in the Windy City, the Chicago White Sox are just a week away from opening up their season at home against the Kansas City Royals. With the start of the regular season just around the corner, manager Robin Ventura announced another roster decision after the White Sox were defeated 8-2 by the Royals last night. Ventura named Angel Sanchez as the Sox utility infielder.
Heading into camp, the versatile Sanchez seemed like the logical pick to fill the utility infielder role for the South Siders. After impressing the Sox coaching staff during Cactus League play, Sanchez has earned the right to make the White Sox Opening Day roster.
With the ability to play second base, shortstop and third base, Sanchez will provide Ventura with some flexibility when infielders Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger need a day off.
Sanchez spent all of 2012 in Triple-A, where he hit .320 and drove in 45 runs. The 29-year-old infielder does have some MLB experience, most recently with the Houston Astros in 2011. Sanchez played 110 games for the Astros in 2011, where he hit .240 with one home run and 28 RBI.
My expectations for Sanchez this year are similar to the role and production of former White Sox utility infielder, Eduardo Escobar. Expect Sanchez to play his heart out every time he takes the field and provide the White Sox with a spark off the bench. However, other than a spot start once a week and an appearance as a pinch hitter or runner from time to time, I don’t foresee any extended playing time for Sanchez in 2013.