Monday, October 15, 2012

The White Sox Rule The Arizona Fall League


So are you having fun watching the Detroit Tigers get ever closer to the World Series?

Yeah, I'm not either. I only wish that the Arizona Fall League games were being televised here in Chicago so I could watch White Sox players playing well in October.

Which they are, as Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago points out. Particularly Carlos Sanchez and Andre Rienzo.
Sanchez, an infielder who advanced to Triple-A Charlotte this season after starting at Single-A Winston-Salem, is 4-for-11 with a walk, two runs and two stolen bases in his first three games for the Salt River Rafters. 
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Brazilian pitcher Andre Rienzo -- who earlier in 2012 served a 50-game suspension for use of performance enhancing drugs -- struck out five in three shutout innings on Friday. Rienzo, who was rated the Sox 18th best prospect, featured a 93-95 mph fastball and a sharp cutter in his outing, according to ESPN.com’s Keith Law.
Keith Law said something nice about a White Sox prospect? Was he drunk? I mean, he probably still thinks Chris Sale sucks.

Hayes also mentions Andy Wilkins (6-for-13 a double, homer, 3 RBI) and Trayce Thompson (1-for-8 with 4 walks and 2 RBI) who are also playing in the league. It's important to point out, however, that offensive numbers are a bit skewed in the Fall League, as the best players there are generally position prospects. Pitchers usually end up in Arizona to get work in after the missed periods of time during the minor league season, just like Rienzo did thanks to that 50-game suspension.

Still, we probably should pay some attention to Carlos Sanchez. As Hayes mentions in his story, Carlos has been climbing pretty quickly through the Sox farm system and though he's a middle infielder by trade, he has seen some time at third base.

It's entirely possible the Sox could sign a stop-gap for third base this season with the goal of having Carlos Sanchez playing the position in 2014. I'm not saying it's the plan, or that it's been seriously considered, but it's a definite possibility.

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