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9/2/1983 (33 y, 5 m, 18 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 16, Overall: 126, Team: Florida Marlins
$2.3M / 1 Years (2014)
Sanchez was released by the Mariners on Sunday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. (3/14/2016)
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Sanchez was a late-blooming rookie in 2010. The 26-year-old first baseman produced a solid triple-slash line of .273/.341/.448 in 572 at-bats; he has a good shot of equaling -- or surpassing -- those numbers in 2011. Although he has average power for the position (.178 ISO), Sanchez has shown a knack for driving in runs and he produced 85 RBI last season. He also slugged 37 doubles in '10 so some of those could find their way over the fence in the coming season. He has added value in fantasy leagues that count OBP and/or walks, as he shows a good eye at the plate and isn't afraid to take a walk. The Marlins lineup will have a little less thump in it in 2011 with the trade of Dan Uggla and loss of Jorge Cantu, so Sanchez will face higher expectations and will have less protection. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Sanchez doesn't have the power that most fantasy managers seek but he's a safe bet to hit .280-.300 with modest fantasy numbers all around.
After a solid rookie season, Sanchez delivered eerily similar stats in his follow-up. While he matched his home runs (19) and runs scored (72) from his rookie campaign, Sanchez finished with just seven fewer RBIs and a .266/.352/.427 slash line. He also displayed some improvement at the plate, upping his walk rate to 11.2% while cutting his strikeout rate to 14.7%. He'll only give you modest power for a first baseman, but might have more RBI opportunities with Jose Reyes at the top of the Marlins lineup. Even if he doesn't offer much upside, Sanchez looks like a safe bet to repeat last season's line. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
Sanchez doesn't provide enough power to be relied on as a starter in mixed leagues, but he's a solid second-tier first baseman. He's a safe bet to repeat his 2011 numbers.
It was a precipitous drop for Gaby Sanchez. After two seasons of passable performances at first base, Sanchez was demoted by the Marlins after his batting average fell to .197 in mid-May. He was eventually dealt to the Pirates, where he was platooned with Garrett Jones. Sanchez is likely to reprise that role this season, meaning he's not going to have a ton of fantasy value. Even if he somehow is thrust into a full-time role, Sanchez's production was never great at a position filled with sluggers. (
The Quick Opinion:
Sanchez enters the season in a platoon situation, where he isn't going to see a ton of playing time. Even during his good seasons he was nothing more than an adequate fantasy producer at first. There are better options out there.
Sanchez has done a solid job reigniting his career in Pittsburgh as the most luxurious use for a roster spot: The first baseman platoon partner. Collecting only pinch hit showings and a good 300 plate appearances in anti-lefty duty, Sanchez blasted seven homers with a .254/.361/.402 slash, good enough to help any on-base percentage or linear weight team looking for a right-handed platoon partner. Unfortunately, the right-handed first baseman is not only a luxury in the majors, it's a luxury -- and a tediousness -- in fantasy. For owners willing to commit heavily to a first base platoon, Sanchez should be a good fit -- and super cheap, too. But for most teams, Sanchez will only take up space. (
The Quick Opinion:
Have a first baseman who desperately needs a platoon partner? Gaby Sanchez could be your man. He's cheap and effective against lefties, but the usefulness end there.
Cut loose by the Pirates, Sanchez used to be a reliable platooner, hitting lefties well, but being helpless against right-handers. Unfortunately, a .328 weighted on base average against southpaws in 2014 as a first baseman fails to excite, which means he's no longer a sure thing to even earn another platoon role. (
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