Yolmer Sanchez didn't exactly light the world on fire last season, but his development was a bright spot in what was a generally gloomy season for the rebuilding White Sox. While his walk rate wasn't great at 6.6 percent, it was more than double his 2016 mark, and Sanchez also shaved five percentage points off his strikeout rate (20.8 percent). That led to a 60-point jump in wOBA from the previous season. He was a plus defender around the infield, seeing enough time at second and third to qualify at two positions entering 2018, but Sanchez had a bottom-seven hard-hit rate among qualifiers and was caught on the basepaths more times than he was successful (8-for-17). The 25-year-old still doesn't do anything particularly well on the offensive side, but Sanchez should get a chance to build upon last season's progress with regular at-bats, and opportunity is the driving force in fantasy. Thus there is a bit of appeal here in deep settings.
Sanchez won his arbitration case Tuesday and will earn $2.35 million for the 2018 season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The contract figure is slightly more than the $2.1 million that the White Sox had filed. Sanchez appeared in 141 games for Chicago in 2017, primarily playing second and third base. He hit a respectable .267/.319/.413 with 12 homers and eight steals while being the team's best fielder at third base, a position that will be contested during spring training. Sanchez will compete for the job along with Matt Davidson and Tyler Saladino.
Sanchez (knee) is in Thursday's lineup against the Angels on Thursday. Sanchez missed Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his leg the previous night, but he's back in the lineup and batting atop the order for the series finale. Over his past 12 appearances, Sanchez is hitting just .162/.238/.216 with four RBI.
Sanchez (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels. Sanchez was pulled from Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his leg. Although X-rays came back negative following the incident, the White Sox will give him an extra day to recover. Tyler Saladino is starting at third base and hitting sixth Wednesday night.
Sanchez suffered a right knee contusion in Tuesday's game against the Angels. Sanchez was lifted from the game after fouling a ball of his right leg in the fourth inning. Subsequent X-rays came back negative, so the third baseman will simply be day-to-day moving forward.
Sanchez exited Tuesday's game against the Angels early with an apparent right leg injury, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Sanchez appeared to be in quite a bit of pain after fouling a ball off his right leg during his fourth-inning at-bat. He exited the game between innings and was replaced by Tyler Saladino at third base. We'll await word from the White Sox as to the exact nature of his injury.