Sanchez earns winter league honor

CHICAGO -- White Sox tidbits Thursday included a productive winter for a top prospect, a scheduled appearance for an old friend at SoxFest and the addition of a utility man.

Infield prospect Carlos Sanchez was named rookie of the year of the Venezuelan Winter League after batting .358 in 58 games with 10 doubles, four triples, a home run, 31 RBIs and 48 runs. His 30 walks helped him to a .428 on-base percentage.

Sanchez batted .403 against left-handers and hit .418 with runners in scoring position.

The White Sox also announced Thursday they signed infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson to a minor-league contract. He played with York in the independent Atlantic League last season and also at Double-A Huntsville in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Patterson, who was originally an eighth-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2004, is the younger brother of former Cub Corey Patterson. Eric Patterson has spent parts of five seasons in the major leagues with four different teams, batting .217 in 226 games with a .294 on-base percentage. He last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Diego Padres.

The final bit of news was the announcement that former closer Bobby Jenks will be at SoxFest, which will take place Jan 24-26 at the Palmer House Hilton. Other former players scheduled to attend are Bo Jackson, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Minnie Minoso, Tom Paciorek, Gary Peters, Jim Thome and Frank Thomas.

Current players set to attend are Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Erik Johnson, Nate Jones, Paul Konerko, Matt Lindstrom, Josh Phegley, Alexei Ramirez, Marcus Semien and prospect Micah Johnson.

More SoxFest information is available at whitesox.com/SoxFest.