Winter League Update, Signings, & More…
Welcome back to the Knight Fever blog. First, I just want to take a moment to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people touched by Hurricane Sandy. I was born in Brooklyn, NY and I spent many summers down the Jersey Shore. Most of my family still lives in the Tri-State area.
Arizona Fall League
November 6th was a great day for a 2012 Knights infielder. Carlos Sanchez, who is just 20 years old, had a remarkable day at the plate for the Salt River Rafters on Tuesday. The slick-fielding Sanchez was a terror with the bat — going 5-5 with a double, five runs scored, and two stolen bases. Sanchez, a Venezuelan native, is ranked third in the AFL in batting average (.323, 21-65) and first in the league in stolen bases with 10,.
RHP Andre Rienzo, who made one regular season start with the Knights in 2012, allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits over three innings of work on November 5th. The Brazilian native was saddled with his first loss. He leads the AFL in innings pitched (19.2) and strikeouts (20).
After not allowing a run in five-straight games, Santos Rodriguez allowed a run in one inning on November 1st. The Domincan native is 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA through eight games.
Jhan Carlos Marinez, who posted a 4-2 mark with a 2.86 ERA and four saves for the Knights in 2012 (40 games), is pitching for Toros del Este in the Liga de Beisbol Dominicano. After four appearances, Marinez is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA (3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO).
Former Knights slugger Mario Valenzuela is hitting .210 with three home runs and eight RBIs for the Algodoneros de Guasave
in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico. Valenzuela first played for the Knights in 2001 and hit 10 home runs in 49 games. The Mexican native then was back with the Knights for 2003 and in 31 games hit .254 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. He broke-out with the lumber a year later and hit .263 with 25 home runs and 66 RBIs over 119 games. Since then, Valenzuela has played in the Mexican League (2004-present).
Free Agents & Signings
1B Seth Loman and C Luis Sierra were both re-signed by the White Sox. Both players ended their 2012 seasons with the Knights. Loman, who was the 2012 Double-A Birmingham Barons Player of the Year. He hit .276 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 115 games for the Barons. He was promoted to the Knights on August 30 and hit .273 (3-11) in four regular season games. Sierra hit .242 (53-219) for the Barons over 64 games and did not appear in a game for the Knights during his stint with the club.
Ozzie Martinez re-signed with the LA Dodgers. Martinez, who began the season with the Charlotte Knights, was part of the Ozzie Guillen to Florida deal last year. Baseball America ranked Martinez as the 10th best prospect in the White Sox system before he was dealt to the Dodgers organization. He hit .178 (38-214) with 13 RBIs and four stolen bases over 60 games with the Knights. He then hit .255 (26-102) with eight RBIs over 39 games.
Make sure to check back to this blog on November 12, as Baseball America will release the Top 10 Prospects in the White Sox organization. I’m eager to see the list!