07/08/12 9:42 PM ET
Sanchez showcases talent in Futures Game
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
Yet with a well-hit opposite-field double and at least two solid defensive plays at third base, Sanchez quietly made his mark alongside the game's great prospects.
"This was a great experience," Sanchez said. "It also shows me that I am on the right track and I'm going to stay on the right track."
The display reflected what he has shown for much of the year at Class A Winston-Salem. Just a couple of weeks past his 20th birthday, the Venezuelan switch-hitter has ranked among the Carolina League leaders in hitting for much of the summer. He headed into the break batting .320 with a league-high 103 hits, 14 doubles, 39 RBIs and 15 steals in 25 attempts.
Sanchez led off the top of the sixth inning facing a steady diet of high fastballs from Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon. After falling into a 1-2 hole on back-to-back 97-mph heaters, Sanchez did a nice job of fouling off a curveball on the outer half of the plate.
After shrugging off an outside slider, Sanchez got a 98-mph fastball from Taillon over the plate. Instead of trying to do too much, he put a nice inside-out swing on it and flared it down the left-field line.
Sanchez scored two batters later on a Oswaldo Arcia double.
Defensively, Sanchez cut off a ground ball and fired a strong off-balance throw to rob Tigers prospect Rob Brantly of a single and end a nine-run U.S. outburst in the sixth inning.
Sanchez showed off his arm on a nice throw across the infield later in the game.
Overall, it was a good showcase for Sanchez, and a potential springboard for the second half.
"I'm just going to keep working hard, and we will see what happens in the future," Sanchez said after the game. "We don't know what's going happen tomorrow. All I can do this control how hard I work."
Recent history with the White Sox shows that general manager Ken Williams has been aggressive in promoting prospects who can help, from All-Star left-hander Chris Sale to outfielder Dayan Viciedo and relievers Addison Reed and Hector Santiago.
That's still a ways off for Sanchez, who still hasn't seen Double-A ball and isn't thinking that far ahead.
"My goal is to keep doing what I've been doing to get here," he said. "I've worked hard all year, and that's not going to change."