Latest White Sox Roster Moves
As the 2014 season nears, the Chicago White Sox continued to whittle down their roster to get to the necessary 25 players.
On Friday, March 14, the Sox optioned three players down to Charlotte. With the moves, the White Sox roster (as of March 14), sits at 44 players. Two of the three players that were optioned down have seen time with the Knights at some point in their careers, while the third is a newcomer to the organization. The White Sox optioned LHP Frank De Los Santos, RHP Nestor Molina and INF Carlos Sanchez to Charlotte.
Let’s go in-depth about infielder Carlos Sanchez, who is no stranger to the Charlotte Knights.
Carlos Sanchez, 21, spent a full season at the Triple-A level in 2013 with the Knights and it looks as if the youngster will start the 2014 campaign back in Charlotte. Ranked as the 12th-best prospect in the White Sox system by Baseball America, Sanchez is looking for a bounce-back season this year — one that will put him on the right path to Chicago.
It was a special year for Sanchez in 2012. The Venezuelan middle infielder made his way swiftly through the White Sox system — starting the year with High-A Winston Salem. In 92 games for the Dash, Sanchez hit .315 with one home run, 42 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases. He tied for the Carolina League lead in batting average (.315) and ranked fifth in on-base percentage with a .374 mark.
Sanchez was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on July 21, 2012 and continued to rake. In 30 games with the Barons, he hit .370 (44-for-119). A month after being promoted to Birmingham, the dream season continued and he was on his way to Fort Mill to make his Triple-A debut with the Knights.
In 11 games with the Knights in 2012 — right around the team’s stretch run — Sanchez hit .256 (10-for-39) with two doubles and an RBI. He played seven more games that year in the playoffs as the Knights made a run at their third Governors’ Cup Championship. He batted .174 (4-for-23) with three runs scored and two RBIs. The Knights fell just short — losing to Pawtucket in the finals — but all and all, it was a stellar year for the 20-year-old.
Sanchez began the 2013 season ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the White Sox organization. The publication also recognized him as the Best Hitter for Average and the Best Defensive Infielder in the system. While he battled for a spot on the White Sox roster out of Spring Training, Sanchez started the season with the Knights and spent the entire year there. He played both second base and shortstop for the Knights and hit .241 with 104 hits, 50 runs scored, 28 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.
Now, in 2014, Sanchez will look to replicate his 2012 breakout campaign and will look to continue to climb the organizational ladder. At 21 years old, his future is very bright and he’s close to taking that next step. Stay tuned…