GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rule 5 pick Angel Sanchez has won the White Sox backup infield job.
Shortly after the White Sox 8-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sanchez, who was drafted in December out of the Los Angeles Angels organization, will make the club's Opening Day roster, barring injury.
"It’s going to be Angel," Ventura said. "He’s been the best guy in the middle of the infield and if something happens to one of those guys, we’re going to need somebody else. So he’s going to be going with us."
Sanchez, 29, is hitting .273 this spring in 33 at-bats. Ventura's staff has been impressed with the strong arm of Sanchez and his ability to play shortstop, second base and third base.
Sanchez has played 184 games in the majors for the Houston Astros and Royals.
The last Rule 5 player used by the White Sox was pitcher Jason Grilli in 2003.