Royals add Sanchez to 40-man roster

Royals add Sanchez to 40-man roster

On Friday's deadline to set the 40-man Major League roster, the Royals added shortstop Angel Sanchez. The move will protect Sanchez from exposure to next month's Rule 5 Draft.

The 22-year-old Sanchez, an 11th-round selection in the 2001 draft, batted .313 at Class A High Desert this season and led the Minor Leagues with 183 hits. His 102 runs scored led the California League.

"Angel possesses very good defensive skills to go along with developing offensive attributes that will allow him to become a Major League shortstop," Royals general manager Allard Baird said in a statement. "Angel's success adds to the middle infield depth we have stockpiled at both the Major and Minor League level."

Kansas City also announced it has invited 10 non-roster players to Spring Training. Highlighted on the list was third baseman Alex Gordon, the club's 2005 first-round draft pick. Other prospects headed to the big league camp will be right-handed pitchers Ryan Baerlocher and David Elder and utility infielder Chris Clapinski.

The other six invitees all have some Major League experience. Pitcher Joe Nelson pitched in the Devil Rays and Cardinals organizations this season and appeared in the big leagues with the Braves (2001) and Red Sox (2004). Chris Richard, 31, spent the entire 2005 season with Triple-A Oklahoma in the Rangers organization and played with the Cardinals, Orioles and Rockies.

Outfielder Kerry Robinson, 32, spent 2005 in the San Diego and Atlanta organizations and played parts of six seasons in the Majors with the Devil Rays, Reds, Cardinals and Padres.

Right-handed pitcher Victor Santos spent all of the 2005 season with the Brewers, going 4-13 with a 4.57 ERA in 29 games, including 24 starts. Wilson Valdez split his year between Seattle and San Diego. The 27-year-old shortstop is a .209 hitter in 70 big league games.

Mike Coolbaugh, a 33-year-old third baseman, spent 2005 at the Astros' Triple-A Round Rock affiliate. He played parts of two seasons in the Majors with the Brewers and Cardinals, hitting .183 with two home runs and seven RBI in 82 at-bats.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.