Sanchez was promoted to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Sanchez earns the promotion after hitting .275/.332/.404 in 78 games for Double-A Montgomery, good for a 115 wRC+. Those numbers don't pop off the page, and neither do his eight homers or five steals, but the overall package makes for an interesting player, especially considering that he's still just 21 years old.
Sanchez is slashing .303/.358/.459 with 15 extra-base hits (eight doubles, seven home runs) and 40 RBI over his first 50 games with Double-A Montgomery.
As he's done at nearly every professional stop, Sanchez is thriving at the plate with the Biscuits. Sanchez struggled for an extended period for the first time in his minor-league career last season in his initial exposure to Double-A arms, producing a .214/.300/.327 line across 110 plate appearances in a 27-game cup of coffee with Montgomery to close out 2018. However, he's clearly hit his stride this season, with a slight bump in strikeout rate the only blemish when comparing his numbers to those at High-A Charlotte in the earlier portion of last season. Sanchez made an appearance in major-league camp this spring, and it was reported in early March he was a candidate to make his big-league debut at some point this season. A stop at Triple-A Durham would appear to be in order beforehand, however, and that could be imminent considering his success at the Double-A level thus far.
Sanchez is slashing .325/.357/.425 across his first 42 plate appearances at Double-A Montgomery.
Sanchez hasn't even gotten his power numbers going yet, as that sample only includes a pair of extra-base hits (one double, one home run). However, he's already knocked in eight runs and appears to have a much better handle on Double-A pitching than he did in his initial exposure in 2018. Sanchez slashed an atypical .214/.300/.327 over a 110 plate-appearance sample with the Biscuits last season.
The Rays optioned Sanchez to their minor-league camp Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Sanchez was one of 10 players sent packing as the Rays reduced their big-league spring roster to 57. The outfielder is due for a return trip to Double-A Montgomery to open 2019 after slashing .214/.300/.327 in 110 plate appearances during his time in the Southern League late last season.
Sanchez is enjoying a solid spring and is expected to make his major-league debut at some point during the 2019 season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 21-year-old, the Rays' No. 5 prospect in RotoWire's preseason rankings, dominated at every level within the organization since debuting in 2016, but he came back down to earth at Double-A Montgomery late last season. Sanchez slashed a pedestrian .214/.300/.327 with just one home run and 11 RBI across 110 plate appearances with the Biscuits. However, Sanchez is considered an elite prospect overall, and he's already notched a home run and three RBI over nine at-bats this spring while also impressing with his throwing arm in right field. According to Toribio, Sanchez is slated to start the season with Montgomery given his struggles there in the latter portion of the 2018 campaign, but a promotion to Triple-A Durham appears a likely precursor to a regular-season major-league debut before the end of 2019.
Sanchez was added to Tampa Bay's 40-man roster Tuesday, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.
Sanchez, along with a handful of other minor-league prospects, was selected to the 40-man to ensure protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 21-year-old has worked his way up to Double-A Montgomery, which is where he figures to begin the 2019 campaign.
Sanchez was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on Friday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Sanchez slashed .301/.331/.462 with 10 home runs, 64 RBI and six stolen bases across 90 games with High-A Charlotte this season. He will get his first taste of action at the Double-A level, which is where the 20-year-old outfielder is expected to begin the 2019 campaign.
Sanchez is slashing .353/.367/.549 with 17 extra-base hits (10 doubles, one triple, six home runs) and 30 RBI over 158 plate appearances for High-A Charlotte.
Sanchez's average is a career best, and only the .385 OBP he generated over a much smaller sample of 53 plate appearances with Princeton at rookie ball in 2016 ranks higher than his current .367 figure. At his current pace, a promotion to Double-A Montgomery seems likely for Sanchez, who thus far seems immune to any acclimation periods when bumping up to higher levels of competition.
Sanchez will open the year with High-A Charlotte.
This was a lock, as Sanchez hit .305/.348/.478 with 15 home runs and seven steals (on nine attempts) in 117 games at Low-A last year and the Rays never skip top shelf prospects over a level. Sanchez is a top 50 prospect for dynasty leagues and has a very well-rounded offensive skill set. He has a career .318 average in the minors and has never hit below .305 at any one stop. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, it's only a matter of time before he starts tapping into 20-plus homer power, and he is currently an above-average runner, although his speed will likely tick down a bit by the time he reaches the majors. The Rays are well known for slow cooking their prospects, so don't look for Sanchez to reach Double-A until 2019.
Sanchez, 19, is hitting .298/.342/.474 with 11 home runs, 61 RBI and five steals through 84 games for Low-A Bowling Green.
Sanchez is still a few years away from making a big-league impact for the Rays, but he has shown significant upside, including uncanny pitch recognition and plate coverage. His power stroke should end up being above average as well when all is said and done.
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