The hot corner has been a hot topic of discussion all offseason long. While the White Sox wealth of highly touted prospects has allowed fans to pencil in names for just about every position on the field stretching deep into the future, the conversation around the future at third base has been far less certain. There were the Manny Machado trade rumors in December. Then the realization that Nolan Arenado is slated to hit the free-agent market after the 2019 season. Then a surge in optimism surrounding Jake Burger before he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a Cactus League game. Then the suggestion that they make a play for the still-unsigned Mike Moustakas. One option seems to be continually left out of the discussion: the one the White Sox currently have. Barring an unexpected move — one report says the White Sox are staying in contact with Moustakas, another says there's nothing to that reported interest — Yolmer Sanchez will be the White Sox third baseman on Opening Day. And like many of his teammates, he'll be using the 2018 season to prove he belongs in the team's future plans. Sanchez went from reserve infielder to everyday player last season with a strong 2017 campaign. He slashed .267/.319/.413 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs in 534 plate appearances over 141 games. Those aren't "blow you away" numbers by any stretch, but for a team that finished 18 games under .500, Sanchez was most definitely a bright spot on the major league roster. That's certainly the case when you consider his glove. He's one of the best defenders on the team, and he can do it at multiple positions on the infield. But with Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson entrenched as the keystone combo for the foreseeable future, third base is where Sanchez will prove whether or not he's a piece of the long-term puzzle. He's also just 25 years old, which means that with ongoing development he could work his way into the conversation for a spot in the White Sox future.
What's Yolmer Sanchez's long-term role?
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