Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Sanchez was added to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, but he was unable to carve out a spot on the big-league roster before the suspension of spring training. The 23-year-old will return to Syracuse once the season resumes, where he posted a .179/.277/.250 slash line in 65 plate appearances last season.
Sanchez was added to the Mets' 40-man roster Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
This protects the 22-year-old from the Rule 5 draft. Sanchez is a glove-first catcher who has been a below-league-average hitter at every stop above rookie ball. He hit .179 with zero home runs in 21 games at Triple-A and should return to that level this season. He profiles as a potential backup catcher long term.
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