The Marlins optioned Sanchez to Triple-A Wichita on Tuesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. He'll be joined in Wichita by two of the Marlins' other top position prospects in shortstop Jazz Chisholm and first baseman Lewin Diaz, who were also cut from big-league camp Tuesday. After coming over in a midseason trade from the Rays last season, Sanchez logged 78 plate appearances for the Marlins' previous Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, slashing .246/.338/.446.
Sanchez underwent hernia surgery in the offseason and is being eased into spring training as a result, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. The Marlins' No. 8 fantasy prospect missed the end of the Triple-A season in 2019 with an injury, and it's now clearer what the nature of that injury was. Sanchez, who came over from the Rays in the Nick Anderson deal last July, is expected to begin the season back at Triple-A New Orleans, but the 22-year-old could factor into the outfield mix in the majors over the summer with a quick start.
Sanchez (hamstring) did not return before Triple-A New Orleans' season ended Monday. He left a game Aug. 23 with a hamstring issue, and while he was never moved to the 7-day IL, Sanchez never made it back into a game for the Baby Cakes. The 21-year-old ended up hitting .246/.338/.446 with four homers and nine walks in 17 games with the Marlins' top affiliate after coming over from the Rays at the trade deadline. Sanchez is on the 40-man roster, but the Marlins have given no indication that he will be up this year. His name was not included among those assigned to the Arizona Fall League, so it seems likely that Sanchez will just shut it down before ramping up with his spring prep in a couple months.
Sanchez was removed from Friday's game at Triple-A New Orleans due to a hamstring injury, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports. The extent of Sanchez's injury is unclear at this time, so he'll be considered day-to-day until more information is revealed.
Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI for Triple-A New Orleans on Friday. In his second game for the Baby Cakes since being acquired by the Marlins at the trade deadline, Sanchez displayed the power potential that has made the 21-year-old such an intriguing prospect. He slashed only .206/.282/.317 over 18 games for Triple-A Durham prior to the trade, but he struggled last year after a midseason promotion to Double-A too, so an adjustment period at his new level isn't a big surprise. Given Miami's lack of depth in the outfield and the fact that he already has a spot on the 40-man roster, Sanchez could easily make his MLB debut in September and push for a starting job in camp next spring.