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White Sox need Carlos Sanchez's glove until bat catches up

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White Sox need Carlos Sanchez's glove until bat catches up

PITTSBURGH -- As he continues to struggle at the plate, the White Sox can’t afford to have second baseman Carlos Sanchez hurt them defensively.

With Sanchez hitting .149/.211/.184 with six RBIs in 97 plate appearances through Monday, the team is working to simplify his offensive approach to get him back on track. Hitting coach Todd Steverson has worked to get Sanchez back to “square one” to rediscover the player who hit .293 with 57 RBIs at Triple-A last season. But in the meantime, the White Sox need Sanchez to stay focused in the field, the reason why he’s here in the first place.

“You feel like you cant find your way out of it and this game doesn’t stop,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s every day, and it’s tougher on the mind sometimes than the physical stuff. You just have to be tough. In talking to him, you have to continue to stay tough and believe in yourself. Defensively, realize that he can play out here in the big leagues. Offensively he has some work to do and grind through it.”

Sanchez hasn’t been perfect defensively but has been an upgrade at second over Micah Johnson, who hit .270 but struggled with his glove before he was sent back to Triple-A.

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But on the offensive end, the White Sox believe Sanchez is -- just like many of his teammates -- trying to overcompensate for the team’s struggles.

“He’s doing a hell of a job on defense,” Steverson said. “He wants to pick up the slack on offense and he has always hit.

“You’ve got to go back to square one. I need to back my brain up and where have I put myself and why and what can I do to change this? What is the one most thing I can do to compete at this level while I’m getting my bearings back? That’s where we’re at right now. I’ve got pure confidence he can hit.”

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Sanchez said Steverson has done a good job instilling the belief that the infielder can hit again. The two have been hard at work in the cage and watching video, trying to help Sanchez rediscover his swing.

While it may take more time and work, Sanchez is doing his best to ensure to maintain his defense.

“He believes in my talent, he knows I’m better than what I have right now,” Sanchez said. “It’s really tough because you want to do the best, you want to help the team and it’s hard when you don’t do what you want to do.

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“I know my defense is really good right now. I don’t want to mess it up if I’m hitting or not.”

Ventura endured his share of struggles as a young player, too. He has stressed to Sanchez that even though the White Sox offense has struggled, it’s not on Sanchez to try and do it all and become a hitter he isn’t used to being.

“I’ve been there,” Ventura said. “We’re not asking him to hit home runs -- make hard contact and put it in play. We’re not asking to jump on his back and have him carry us. That’s where he needs to settle down with a little balance and put it in play.”

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.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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.