White Sox AFL players officially assigned

White Sox AFL players officially assigned

CHICAGO -- The White Sox will be represented by seven players as part of the Glendale Desert Dogs during the 2014 Arizona Fall League season. Those players are infielder Tim Anderson (No. 2 White Sox prospect per MLB.com), infielder Rangel Ravelo, catcher Kevan Smith, left-handed pitchers Scott Snodgress and Jefferson Olacio and right-handed pitchers Frank Montas and Chris Bassitt.

Anderson and Montas have battled through injuries this season, with Montas having trouble with both knees and Anderson on an 8-for-17 run with Double-A Birmingham after dealing with a fractured right wrist.

"They both missed time, so it's good to get them additional reps, especially Montas, who had two setbacks, one with each knee but is now knock-on-wood healthy," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn of Anderson and Montas. "But it's also about challenging them with a little bit of a higher level.

"Obviously the level of play in the Fall League over the years has been really prospect-laden and we feel that both those guys are ready for it from a performance standpoint. They also happen to have missed a little developmental time, so they're a perfect fit for that."

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