Carlos Sanchez Handled Every Challenge In 2012





BEST PLAYER: It's not uncommon for a player to make the progression from the high Class A to Triple-A level in one season, but the future continues to get brighter for 20-year-old infielder Carlos Sanchez.

The White Sox challenged many of their top prospects this summer, and Sanchez fulfilled many of those challenges. The Arizona Fall League could be an interesting measuring stick for Sanchez in helping the Sox determine whether he could challenge for a spot on their 2013 major league roster at some point.

What the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Sanchez lacks in power is offset by an ability to handle the bat from both sides of the plate and a knack for reaching base that could help the Sox stabilize the No. 2 spot in the future. His ability to play three infield positions gives the Sox many options for next season.

BEST PITCHER: A 50-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs didn't slow down Andre Rienzo. The 24-year-old native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, finally turned the corner in his sixth professional season. Returning to high Class A for the third consecutive season might have served as a wake-up call for Rienzo, who throws in the 94 mph range but had been hampered by control problems at Winston-Salem in 2011.

Before serving his suspension, Rienzo showed he was ready for Double-A Birmingham by striking out 31 in addition to a 3-0, 1.08 record. He received a late August promotion to Charlotte after striking out 72 in 72 innings and sporting a 4-3, 3.27 record in 13 starts for Birmingham.

KEEP AN EYE ON: After being held back by injuries and taken off the 40-man roster at one point, reliever Brian Omogrosso, 28, earned a callup in late June in his seventh professional season.

The promotion came shortly after Omogrosso's fastball was clocked at 99 mph for Charlotte in a game witnessed by special assistant Buddy Bell. He has a chance to join the Sox's bullpen in 2013.

CHI-LITES

• Dan Johnson led the International League with 28 homers and 94 walks with Charlotte. He previously led the IL in both categories (30 and 75) while with Durham in 2010.

• Righthander Deunte Heath made his major league debut on Sept. 1 against Detroit, needing just two pitches to induce a double play. Heath signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent in 2010.