March 24, 2012; Bradenton, FL, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Angel Sanchez (36) throws the ball to first in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Select Angel Sanchez in Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 Draft took place Thursday and the White Sox weren’t expecting to make much of a splash. They did, however, manage to select Angel Sanchez from the Angels.

Sanchez looks to be a potential backup infielder as he was looking to compete for a backup role in Anaheim this season.

At 29 years old Sanchez has played in parts of 3 seasons for 3 different teams seeing big league time with the Astros, the Red Sox, and the Kansas City Royals who originally drafted him. His stat line suggests a glove first player, as he strikes out much more than he walks and delivers a batting line of .255/.304/.308 in less than 600 career at-bats. That glove will likely be used at all non-1B infield positions in a Lillibridge fashion.

Rule 5 players are eligible to be drafted for $50,000 if they are not protected on current team’s 40-man roster.

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