Infielder Sanchez has been Knighted
Carlos Sanchez spent the majority of his 2011 campaign with Kannapolis after a late-June promotion from Advanced Rookie Bristol. Good thing Sanchez got a taste of a mid-season promotion feels like last year. Today the White Sox announced the second mid-season promotion for Sanchez this season, as the infielder is heading to Triple-A Charlotte after spending 30 games with Double-A Birmingham.
HEAR THE HIGHLIGHT: Sanchez hits game-winner for Kannapolis (vs. West Virginia, Aug. 5, 2011)
Sanchez, who spent 63 games with the Intimidators last season batting .288 (76-264) with a home run and 27 RBI, opened this year with High-A Winston-Salem. He was in Kansas City for the Futures Game during the MLB All-Star break. He spent 92 games with the Dash, hitting .315 and earned a promotion to Double-A ball in late July. He played primarily second base and shortstop with the Barons, mixing in time at third base as well, all the while battering the Southern League for a .370 (44-119) average in 30 games.
This from the Charlotte Knights Press Release:
…Sanchez, 20, began the season with Single-A Winston Salem and hit .315 for the Dash in 92 games.
A native of Maracay, VZ, Sanchez was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent on May 6, 2009. He played two seasons for the DSL Sox (2009-2010), before appearing with Rookie Bristol in 2011. He hit .250 for Bristol in five games and was later promoted to Single-A Kannapolis, where he hit .288 over 63 games last year.
This season, the switch-hitting infielder has enjoyed a career-year at the plate. In a combined 122 games between Winston-Salem and Birmingham, Sanchez is hitting .329 with one home run, 55 RBIs, 75 runs scored, 23 doubles, seven triples and 26 stolen bases.
Earlier this season, Sanchez represented the White Sox as part of the World Team for the annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. At the time, the 19-year-old headed into the game batting .320 with a league-high 103 hits, 14 doubles, 39 RBIs and 15 steals.
Now the former Intimidators infielder is just one promotion away from the ultimate goal for any ball player in the minor leagues. Next stop U.S. Cellular Field? If Sanchez keeps doing what he’s been doing this season, we’ll be adding another plaque to the Intimidation Station “To The Majors” wall soon enough.