Friday, April 15, 2005

Freddy Sanchez Report

Freddy Sanchez, IF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Drafted 332nd Overall (11th Rd), 2000 Draft, Oklahoma City University
Bats R/Throws R
27 YO, 5'11", 185 lbs

Sanchez was seen as a hot property a couple years ago, driven by flashy batting averages, and especially the .341/.430/.493 performance in 2003 at Pawtucket. 2004 put that to rest.

2004 Nashville: .264/.326/.360, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 BB, 17 K, 4 SB, 125 AB
mL Career: .318/.380/.439, 117 2B, 9 3B, 17 HR, 142 BB, 206 K, 1534 AB

Sanchez is currently spending his time sharing utility infielder duties for the Pirates with Bobby Hill. Barring a surprise spike in his walk rate, he should carry on in that role for a half decade or so, doing a reasonable job. He's a better defensive second baseman than shortstop, but if needed, he could do the job.

At the plate, Sanchez will put up decent batting averages, but they'll be hollow due to his mediocre walk rate and anemic power. He's not slow on the basepaths, but he's also not a basestealer, so roto league owners should look elsewhere.

When the competition is Hill, Rob Mackowiak, and Jose Castillo, a hot month could win Sanchez at least a temporary pass as the starting second baseman. I don't recommend it, but it is possible. He's better suited to be a bench player.

2 Stars

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