White Sox prospect Carlos Sanchez was named the rookie of the year for the Venezuelan Winter League on Thursday.
The infielder, who last season was rated the No. 3 prospect in the organization by Baseball America, had a .358/.428/.443 slash line in 221 at-bats for the Tiburones de La Guaira. Sanchez, who isn’t among BA’s top-10 White Sox prospects this season, had 10 doubles, four triples, a homer, 31 RBIs and walked 30 times. He scored 48 runs and hit .418 (28-for-67) with runners in scoring position.
Sanchez’s performance comes on the heels of a difficult season at Triple-A Charlotte.
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The second baseman/shortstop had a .241/.293/.296 performance with no homers and 28 RBIs in 479 plate appearances.
He also seemingly was passed in the system by infielders Marcus Semien and Micah Johnson.
But the White Sox are cognizant of Sanchez’s age, 21, as they evaluate him. Sanchez, who began the 2012 season at Single-A Winston-Salem, was the youngest player in the International League last season.
“You have to judge his performance a little bit through that prism,” general manager Rick Hahn said in July. “Defensively he’s still solid, the same player we thought he was at the other levels. And I think he’s slowly coming into his own offensively as well. He will be a guy who can help us long term … it may take a little bit longer.”