Friday, Nov. 19, 20102:51 PM
By Kevin T. CzerwinskiCSNChicago.com
The White Sox did some personnel maneuvering on Friday, adding a trio of players to their 40-man roster, including a pair of players who completed their Arizona Fall League seasons on Thursday.
Chicago purchased the contracts of right-hander Anthony Carter and shortstop Eduardo Escobar from Double-A Birmingham of the Southern League. The duo played for the Peoria Saguaros in the just-completed AFL season. The club also picked up the contract of right-hander Nate Jones from Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League.
Escobar combined to hit .277 with 61 RBIs while splitting time between Winston-Salem and Birmingham during the regular season, earning midseason and postseason All-Star berths in the Carolina League. Baseball America tabbed him as the best defensive shortstop in the Carolina League.
While he hit .300 in 28 games for Peoria, he finished the season in a slump, collecting only four hits in his final 33 at-bats, knocking his average from .377 down to .300. Still, he did enough to earn a spot on the AFL Rising Stars Team.
Carter, meanwhile, also earned a berth on the Rising Stars Team after posting a 3.60 ERA with three saves and 16 strikeouts in 10 innings over 10 relief appearances. He had 22 saves during the regular season, tying for the Southern League lead. He was one of the few bright spots on a Birmingham team that struggled, earning an All-Star berth while pitching to a 3.92 ERA over 57 13 innings.
Jones was 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 28 starts for the Dash in what was his first season exclusively as a starter.
The moves put the Sox 40-man roster at 34.
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