Sox's demotion of Carlos Sanchez disappointing

So that’s it: Carlos Sanchez, the little infielder I thought would create some excitement in the Chicago White Sox camp, is off to minor-league camp. He was among five players reassigned Tuesday, and it’s almost like he wasn’t there.

While journeyman Angel Sanchez has played well, hitting .346 over 15 games to seemingly secure a spot on Robin Ventura’s bench, the Sanchez I was looking forward to seeing – the 20-year-old Venezuelan switch hitter – is gone without leaving footprints.

He’ll be back, for sure. He’s too good of a player – a two-way talent who is strong defensively up the middle and ignites lineups with his on-base skills and speed. But the numbers say Sanchez was overmatched this spring.

He was 3-for-25 at the plate and worked only two walks. He didn’t steal a base. That disappointing showing means that if he’s going to prompt Rick Hahn to deal Gordon Beckham or Alexei Ramirez, it’s probably not going to happen this year -- unless it's part of a mid-summer surrender.

Sanchez had created excitement by delivering a slash line of .323/.378/.403 over three levels last year. He hit .370 in 30 games for Double-A Birmingham, earning a late-season promotion to Triple-A Charlotte, and backed that up by leading the Arizona Fall League in stolen bases (his 11 were one more than Billy Hamilton’s total) and hitting .303 in a short, late-winter stint in Venezuela.

Maybe he was just exhausted. That makes sense. But the impression he created nevertheless sets him back. That’s too bad because the White Sox need some young legs to bring excitement to their lineup, which wore down at the end of 2012. You'd sacrifice some power to play him over Beckham or Ramirez, however, and the showing this spring makes you wonder if he can be the kind of on-base dynamo to force the issue.

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