White Sox prospect Sanchez named to World Team
Class A Winston-Salem infielder selected to play in All-Star Futures Game
CHICAGO -- In looking for the top young players throughout the White Sox organization, the focus should immediately go to the Major League roster.
There's Chris Sale, 23, who is one of the early favorites to start for the American League at the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City. There's fellow rotation-mate Jose Quintana, 23, who has filled in for injured starter John Danks with great success.
Move to the position players and Gordon Beckham, 25, anchors the infield at second base, with Dayan Viciedo, 23, providing power in left. And don't forget the bullpen featuring closer Addison Reed, 23, Nate Jones, 26, and Hector Santiago, 24.
That's quite a contribution for a team sitting at or near the top of the American League Central for much of the last month. Go beyond the White Sox top rung, though, and there's more talent that could be on the way in the next couple of years.
One of those players, infielder Carlos Sanchez, has been selected to represent the White Sox as part of the World Team for the annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on July 8 at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Sanchez doesn't turn 20 until June 29, but he already has played within the White Sox system for parts of four seasons. The switch-hitting infielder, signed as a free agent out of Venezuela on May 6, 2009, was with the Dominican Summer League White Sox in '09 and '10 and split the '11 season between Bristol and Class A Kannapolis, where he hit .286 with 30 RBIs and 48 runs scored over 68 games.
During the present campaign, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is batting .327 for Class A Winston-Salem and ranks fourth in the Carolina League in average while sitting No. 1 with 85 hits. Sanchez has 41 runs, 32 RBIs and 11 stolen bases and has split his defensive time between shortstop (39 games) and second base (27).
Former Yankees great Bernie Williams will manage Sanchez and the World Team.