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Altered stance has helped Carlos Sanchez find comfort at bat

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Altered stance has helped Carlos Sanchez find comfort at bat

CLEVELAND -- Comfortable with an adjustment in his stance, Carlos Sanchez ripped a first-pitch fastball from Lance Lynn for a single in the third inning of Wednesday’s loss.

While it didn’t produce a run, that the White Sox second baseman not only handled a 93-mph fastball but also pulled it is hard to fathom given where he was a month ago. But seemingly over early struggles that left him with a.141 batting average on June 20, Sanchez has renewed confidence at the plate and is showing why the White Sox have remained patient. Over his past 12 contests, Sanchez has a .326/.341/.372 slash line with four multi-hit games, which has raised his average to .200.

“I’ve been able to do that because all of the changes,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “Especially when I’m ready early because before, when pitchers threw me a fastball, they wanted to because I couldn’t get my bat ahead of the ball. Now I feel better and I’m hitting the ball well, ahead of home plate.”

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Sanchez, 23, has been a constant target for the fan base on social media, what with his average hovering around .160 for much of the time he was in the majors since his mid-May promotion.

But the White Sox stressed Sanchez is here for his glove and they believed he would adjust and become more like the player who has a .288 career average in the minors if given time. White Sox manager Robin Ventura likes how Sanchez carried himself during a period the rookie described as surprising.

“If you struggle anywhere else you get time to regroup and work it out,” Ventura said. “Up here it doesn’t always pan out that way. This is at the highest level and doubt creeps in -- if you can make it and stay here -- and he’s fought through that in a way that is very professional the way he has gone about it.”

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The key for Sanchez has been a change to his hitting position that has allowed him to be more prepared to hit fastballs. Prior to the past dozen games, Sanchez was hitting .225 this season against four-seam fastballs, according to brooksbaseball.net. Since then, Sanchez is hitting at a .313 clip against four-seamers. Ventura also said Sanchez has been more selective and making sure he’s swinging at fastballs.

Both developments have Sanchez in a much better place.

“I was feeling good and suddenly I couldn’t hit,” Sanchez said. “Sometimes when you’re going through that you have to try to change something.

“I’m feeling very comfortable. I think my confidence is coming back since I’ve started to hit a little bit better. I feel very good right now. I think I’m playing good and help the team.”

White Sox pitching prospect Ian Clarkin goes to Cubs on waivers

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White Sox pitching prospect Ian Clarkin goes to Cubs on waivers

Ian Clarkin, one of the return pieces in the seven-player swap with the New York Yankees in 2017, is no longer with the White Sox organization after being picked up by the Cubs on waivers Tuesday.

Clarkin, a 23-year-old left-hander, was no longer ranked as one of the top 30 prospects in the White Sox loaded farm system.

He split time between Class A Winston-Salm and Double-A Birmingham in 2018, struggling at the latter stop to the tune of a 5.64 ERA in 68.2 innings. He made 18 appearances there, only 10 of which were starts.

The deal that sent David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Todd Frazier to the Bronx was the biggest of a flurry of trades made by the White Sox in the summer of 2017. But after Clarkin's departure to the other side of town, outfield prospect Blake Rutherford is the only member of the four-player return package still with the White Sox organization. Major league reliever Tyler Clippard was dealt to the Houston Astros later that same season. Outfield prospect Tito Polo became a minor league free agent this offseason. And now Clarkin is gone on waivers.

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White Sox add four to 40-man roster, protecting prospects from Rule 5 Draft

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White Sox add four to 40-man roster, protecting prospects from Rule 5 Draft

The White Sox added four of their valued prospects to the 40-man roster Tuesday, protecting them from selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft.

Dylan Cease, Seby Zavala, Kodi Medeiros and Jordan Stephens were the four additions to the 40-man, which the team announced sat at 38 after those moves.

Cease, MLB Pipeline's minor league pitcher of the year, was a no-brainer addition following his sensational 2018 campaign. He posted a 2.40 ERA and struck out 160 opposing batters in 124 innings over 23 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He's currently ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the organization.

Zavala got off to a hot start in 2018 before cooling down following a promotion from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. With the Barons, he slashed .271/.358/.472 with 11 home runs in 56 games. But in his 48 games with the Knights, he slashed just .243/.267/.359 with two home runs. Zavala is currently ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the organization.

Medeiros came over from the Milwaukee Brewers in the midsummer trade that sent Joakim Soria out of Chicago. The 2014 first-round pick made seven starts at Double-A Birmingham after the trade and posted a 4.98 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 22 walks in 34.1 innings of work. Medeiros is currently ranked as the No. 19 prospect in the organization.

Stephens split time between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte in 2018. All together, he finished the year with a 4.23 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 28 starts. Stephens is currently ranked as the No. 20 prospect in the organization.

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