2/24/15

MMs Top 25: #25 C Ali Sanchez

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#25 C Ali Sanchez (LR#30)
Bats: R Throws: R
Height6' 0" Weight: 175 lb
Age: 18
Acquired: 2013 International Signing, $690,000 bonus, Carora, Venezuela

2014: (DsL1) .303/.406/.394, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 6 SB (50%), 27 BB, 31 K

Embedded image permalink     Good catching prospects are hard to find. Especially ones that can both field their position well AND hit the ball well. Its a rare combination that generally always gives a prospect the ceiling of at least a back-up MLB Catcher. In Ali Sanchez's case, his 1st professional season went about as well as it could and he may well be on his way to both that ceiling, and up this list.

     Sanchez was considered Baseball America's 25th best international prospect in 2013 as well as the 2nd best catching prospect of the group that year. According to BA's Ben Badler:


"Sanchez is more athletic than (#1 catcher) Jose Herrera and has more experience catching, which is evident in his catch-and-throw skills. He’s an intelligent, high-energy player who has good hands and is a good receiver. He has a solid arm that plays up due to his quick transfer and accuracy."

     In his 1st professional season with the more advanced of the two Dominican Summer League teams, Sanchez displayed excellent contact abilities getting at least 1 hit in 36 out of his 50 games played. Playing against competition that was generally a year older than him, Sanchez also displayed excellent strike zone recognition skills, K'ing in only 14.8% of his Plate Appearances and BB'ing in 12.9% of them.

     As an extremely young player though, Sanchez is not without his faults. There are scouts who are unsure if his bat will develop into anything more than a BABIP dependent slap hitter. He doesn't show much home run or gap power in games and his approach in batting practices does not suggest he could develop power either. At 175 lbs though, Sanchez still has room to fill out his catching frame so the hope that he can develop 10 HR power or at least 25+ doubles is still there.

     The club will bring Sanchez stateside in 2015 but with the GCL Mets catchers both hitting below .220 last season, the club could be inclined to send him and his advanced approach to Kingsport to play in tougher of the two Rookie leagues. We'll hold onto moving his ceiling up until we see how his does in the US.

Ceiling: Defense minded, light hitting Career AAA C (Kai Gronauer)
Floor: Hits the AA prospect wall and gets stuck in Binghamton
Anticipated Assignment: (Rk) Kingsport starting C 

5 comments:

Thomas Brennan said...

Hopefully his ceiling is higher than AAA.

I did not consider Sanchez in my Top 30, as he was only in DSL.

After seeing Lupo's intense struggles moving from DSL to GCL, I want to see guys play real minor league ball before adding them to a Top Anything list.

Let's see what Ali does in 2015.

Hobie said...

Tom-

Do you think Bropsher gets pushed to Brooklyn (especially if Sanches is in KP) where I can get to see him play?

7 HR in less than 100 professional AB's (and a 35% K-rate)

Thomas Brennan said...

Hobie if he is healthy, Brosher definitely ought to be in Brooklyn. He showed so much offensively in his little pre-injury 2014 window, I'd push him a bit if I were the Mets.

Mack Ade said...

Hey Hobie/Tom -

Tough call on Brosher... teams don't usually push players that were on the DL all season, but, he probably has a good chance due to his fast start last season

The Mets will want to figure out quickly if all those home runs were for real

Thomas Brennan said...

True, Mack.

I am curious as t ohow mch of open mind they have to seeing how a guy like Brosher does in the spring before deciding if his June assignment is in K Port or Bklyn.

BTW, Ali Sanchez looks like he is filling out his application to high school in that picture - looks 14.

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