Angel in the Infield…
On Thursday, December, 6, Major League Baseball held its annual Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Over the years, there have been a few steals in this draft (Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana, & Shane Victorino). The White Sox were set to pick 17th in the first round (Major League portion).
Let’s take a look at what they did:
Angel Sanchez — With the 17th selection, the White Sox snagged infielder Angel Sanchez out of the Angels organization. Sanchez, 29, spent the 2010 through 2012 seasons in the Houston Astros organization.
Last season, while with Triple-A Oklahoma, Sanchez hit .320 with five home runs and 45 RBIs in 107 games. He had a .390 on-base percentage, and only struck 25 times. He swiped seven bases and played second base, shortstop, and third base.
Sanchez also had 27 multi-hit games in 2012, including 10 three-hit games and one four-hit game on July 31 vs. Omaha. He also had a season-high 10-game hit-streak from July 1 – July 15 and again from August 7 – August 21.
For his career, the Puerto Rican native has a .283 batting average over 937 Minor League games. He has also appeared in 155 Major League games with the Astros, Royals, and Red Sox, and holds a .255 batting average.
Sanchez was signed by the Angels in November and was to receive an invite to Major League Spring Training camp. Currently, Sanchez is batting .344 (22-64) with two home runs and seven RBIs over 17 games with Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Now, the infielder will get a look from the White Sox this spring. He immediately gets added to the team’s 40-man roster, which currently sits at 38 players. He’ll need to make the team and stay on the 25-man active roster all season, or will have to be offered back to the Angels (Rule 5 procedure). As someone who could play second base, shortstop, and third base, he should be able to fill an important need for the Sox moving forward.