- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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Infielder Carlos Sanchez of the White Sox and Cubs center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha had big offensive days playing for the World team in the annual event that showcases the top young players in the minor leagues. Sanchez, a 20-year-old switch-hitter playing at Single-A Winston-Salem, had a double and a run scored in two at-bats. Ha was 2-for-2 with an opposite field home run.
“I always look to drive the ball to right field,” said Ha, whose World team lost to the U.S. 17-5. “He threw the ball right in my zone.”
Ha is considered the best outfielder in the Cubs system, according to some team officials. He is off to a slow start at Double-A Tennessee, batting .251 with two home runs and 20 RBIs.
“They tell me work hard don’t be lazy, and I will get there someday,” Ha said.
Sanchez, who is batting .327 with a .799 OPS, is listening to what minor league director Buddy Bell has to say. And he knows that 10 rookies were on the Sox roster in the first half of the season.
“Buddy tells me to work hard and pay attention to the little things,” Sanchez said through translator Sylvia Perez. “Anything can happen and hopefully at some point if they are giving a chance to all those rookies, why not me?”
The Cubs and White Sox were represented well in the All-Star Futures Game.