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9/28/1987 (29 y, 5 m)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 25, Pick: 15, Overall: 757, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
$0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Sands signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. (2/13/2017)
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So, did anyone hear how that Jay Gibbons-Marcus Thames platoon in left field worked out for the Dodgers in 2011? The Dodgers are bringing back Juan Rivera in 2012, which is pretty funny (unless you are a Dodgers fan), but there are indications that they want to give Jerry Sands, who just turned 24 in September, a shot at being their primary left fielder in 2012. Sands never hit for much average, and had only decent walk rates to go with slightly high strikeout rates. However, Sands has always hit for power, and if he gets a full-time job, he could conceivably hit .250/.330/.470 for the Dodgers, with 25+ homers. If "sleepers" were a thing, then Sands might be one. Keep your fingers crossed. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
If the Dodgers can avoid doing something silly like giving Juan Rivera the starting left field job, the young Mr. Sands could provide surprising power out of left field.
Initially expected to battle for the starting left field job in 2012, Sands was a mess in camp and didn't even make it to the final cuts. Early struggles in the minors didn't help either, as he was passed for a time on the depth chart by Scott Van Slyke, who was DFA'd following the season. But after reverting to an old swing in early July, Sands put up those same old monstrous Triple-A numbers, leading to increasingly insistent calls from fans
for him to replace the awful duo of James Loney & Juan Rivera
. Sands was part of the blockbuster trade to Boston before that happened, and then was flipped again to Pittsburgh in December, where he should get his share of chances at first base and the outfield corners. While he's been unable to bring his prodigious raw power to the bigs thus far, the sample size has been small and he's earned rave reviews for his advanced plate approach. (
The Quick Opinion:
Despite enormous black holes at first base & left field in 2012, the Dodgers never gave Jerry Sands the chance many thought he deserved to make his mark. He ought to have a much better opportunity in 2013 on a wide-open Pittsburgh roster.
Once upon a time, Sands looked like a possibly interesting piece. He put up good numbers in the minors in 2012 and 2013, but did so at an advanced age. He's never really received a fair shake in the majors, but it's not like any team is out there actively seeking to give him a shot. Sands will probably fill his now usual role as a organizational depth outfielder with Cleveland. (
In 2011, Jerry Sands destroyed Triple-A pitching, but struggled in his first taste of the show. In 2012, Jerry Sands destroyed Triple-A pitching, but barely got a shot in the show. 2013 was just a bad year -- he didn't even hit Triple-A pitching. In 2014 and 2015 he again destroyed Triple-Apitching, but struggled when called up. In 1,832 Triple-A plate appearances, Sands has a .268/.357/.492 line with 85 homers. In 406 major league plate appearances, Sands has a .238/.307/.378 line with nine homers. His impressive minor league power just has not translated, nor has the patience he displayed in the minors. 406 PA is not a career -- it's not even a full season -- so you can't write off Sands completely, but he's already 28 and right now he looks an awful lot like a guy who will bounce around and eventually retire with a Quad-A tag attached to his resume. Sands was claimed by the White Sox, and if he sticks and gets a shot, his power should play better there than any of his other past major league parks, but I would make him prove it before I spent a roster spot on him. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
Since 2011, Jerry Sands's career has looked an awful lot like a textbook case of the Quad-A blues. A breakout at this point isn't impossible, but it is highly unlikely.
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Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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