The Chicago White Sox have rarely utilized the Rule V draft in recent seasons, but with Rick Hahn now operating as the team’s general manager, the team made a selection in Thursday’s Rule V draft. The White Sox selected infielder Angel Sanchez with their Rule V selection on Thursday.
The 29 year old Sanchez is capable of playing third base, second base, and the shortstop positions. Sanchez has Major League experience with the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros. Sanchez last played in the Major Leagues with the Astros in 2011. Sanchez appeared in 110 games for the Astros during the 2011 season, producing a slash line of .240/.305/.285/.590. Last season with the Astros’ Triple A affiliate, Sanchez hit .320/.390/.407/.797 in 107 at bats.
Ironically, this is Sanchez’s second team this off-season. The Los Angeles Angels initially signed Sanchez as a Minor League free agent, though was not protected on the Angels’ 40 man roster, which created the opportunity for the White Sox to select him in the Rule V draft on Thursday. Sanchez may have some value for the White Sox in 2013. Sanchez will compete with the likes of Steve Tolleson, Carlos Sanchez, and Drew Garcia for a spot on the Major League roster as the team’s utility infielder. If Sanchez is able to carry his productive 2012 season in the Minor Leagues into Spring Training, then this Rule V pick for the White Sox may last the entire season.