Collective bargaining has placed a greater emphasis on international talent, and the Chicago White Sox are looking to benefit.
Looking to make a postseason push in 2013, the Chicago White Sox are actively involved in their international program as a way to take the next step.
Assistant general manager Buddy Bell spoke with Dan Hayes of Comcast about the organization's direction and desire to see one of baseball's worst international programs over the last several years turn into a strength under the guidance of Marco Paddy:
"Our players at our Dominican academy look a lot different. This is the first time I can say we have some guys that have a chance to be impactful major leaguers. Very athletic looking kids."
On Opening Day in 2012, Dayan Viciedo represented the sole international presence in the lineup that was groomed inside the White Sox system. Now, with Paddy at the helm it appears the organization are finally understanding the importance of casting a wide net, and ensuring that their international scouting is keeping their farm system stocked.
The White Sox are hoping they can find more prospects like Carlos Sanchez, the phenom second baseman who registered 12 hits in 11 games for AAA Charlotte last season. Sanchez could be promoted as early as next year, and Chicago is hoping this trend continues.