BASEBALL: Sanchez signs with White Sox - Imperial Valley Press Online: Sports

BASEBALL: Sanchez signs with White Sox

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 am

Brawley native Jacob Sanchez joined the ranks of the Joliet Slammers professional baseball team midway through the 2012 season, after graduating from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant.

The right-handed pitcher almost immediately made his presence felt in Illinois, going 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. According to the team’s official website, he racked up some 29 strikeouts in 26.2 innings in 2013, as well as back-to-back strikeout performances.

He is hoping to build on that success as he makes the jump from the Frontier League to the majors — last Friday, the Chicago White Sox purchased his contract from Joliet.

“There was definitely a mixture of emotions when I got the call,” said Sanchez, 23. “I was excited, happy. It was pretty unreal. It’s something you think about, dream out for most of your life and then when you get that phone call and hear them say, ‘We’re gonna give you the opportunity to play professionally’ … It was one of the best moments I’ve ever had.”

After a solid senior season at Wesleyan, Sanchez was initially unable to find a team willing to sign him. He describes this interim period as one in which he “kind of just sat around.”

Sanchez, who has been helping coach the Brawley Union High ball club in the offseason, has been in the White Sox’ minicamp in Glendale, Arizona, since this past Sunday. From there, he will head to Great Falls, Montana, where he will continue his journey up the ladder.

“Chicago’s still a ways away,” Sanchez acknowledges. “It’s a grind every day but you gotta keep working. Most people see all the good stuff but they don’t see the toll the physical and mental grind takes on you.

“You’ve gotta be away from your family and you have to prepare yourself for that. My motivation is that I’ve got a 2-year-old daughter back home and a wonderful fiancée who allows me to keep on playing.

“I also work with kids down in the Valley during the offseason and I’d like to give them that extra motivation to help them push through and chase their own dreams.”

Sanchez would like to express his gratitude to personal trainer Edgar Guillen, friends and family for their love and support.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.
  • 7 Keep it Relevant. Stick to the topic under discussion.
  • 8 Be Responsible. No anonymous profiles are allowed. Show your true self and stand up for your opinions.

Welcome to the discussion.

Featured

El Centro, CA

Current Conditions

Overcast
52°
Humidity: 93%
Winds: SSE at 3mph
Feels Like: 52°

Your Extended Forecast

Today

weather
High 55°/Low 48°
Cloudy, periods of rain

Tomorrow

weather
High 67°/Low 45°
Times of sun and clouds

Tuesday

weather
High 69°/Low 45°
Sunshine

Wednesday

weather
High 72°/Low 44°
Abundant sunshine

Connect With Us