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Carlos Sanchez feels comfortable back with White Sox

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Carlos Sanchez feels comfortable back with White Sox

Carlos Sanchez’s transition back to the majors has been made easier by his teammates playing some of the best baseball they’ve played all year.

The 22-year-old is making his fourth consecutive start Monday night against Cleveland since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. He has two hits in 12 at-bats, but what’s been most impressive to manager Robin Ventura has been Sanchez’s good baseball I.Q.

“He’s a smart baseball player,” Ventura said. “He’s a heady player, just aware of a lot of things. People might get caught up in the defense part of him, but he also gives you a good at-bat. He’s been in our minor leagues and on our radar for a while, just being able to help you do a lot of different things.”

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Sanchez did get 104 plate appearances last year to get his feet wet in the majors, so the experience isn’t totally new to him. He’s already taken advantage of working with hitting coach Todd Steverson and third base coach Joe McEwing, though he’s appreciated that his major league coaches haven’t tried to alter his game now that he’s a starting second baseman here. 

“They just let me play my game,” Sanchez said. “… I think right now I feel really good, I feel really comfortable in my game. So I just try to have that feeling and keep playing.”

For Sanchez, that he’s here at U.S. Cellular Field is at least a little bit weird given his relationship with Micah Johnson, who was optioned to Triple-A last Thursday to make room for him on the roster. The pair are close, even as they fought for the Opening Day nod out of spring training. Sanchez, though, said he relayed a message to Johnson as they traded places between Chicago and Charlotte.

“It's hard because we're friends and when they sent me down I told him to keep playing hard and you have to be here because he played hard every day like me,” Sanchez said. “Somebody has to do the job.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.