29-Year-Old Designated Hitter – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jerry Sands in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jerry Sands Contract Information:
Signed minor league contract with spring training invite in December 2014.
Sands was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Jerry Sands: MLB Games Played By Position
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2016 Stat Review for Jerry Sands As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
Jerry Sands: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jerry Sands.
Sands became very familiar with the roads between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus as he yo-yoed back and forth between the two locations for much of the summer. He didn't do anything to further establish himself at the major league level, posting a .676 OPS in 133 plate appearances for the Tribe, but continued to mash away at Triple-A pitching by posting a .948 OPS across 276 plate appearances for the Clippers. Sands owns a career .849 OPS across five seasons at Triple-A but can't get make the jump to the bigs (.685 OPS in 132 games) and will have a hard time shaking off the Quadruple-A label as a result. He'll try to win a reserve role after signing with the White Sox this winter.
Sands has spent time with four organizations, but has seen just 46 plate appearances in the big leagues since the end of the 2011 season. Meanwhile, he has accumulated over 1,500 plate appearances in Triple-A and has hit .265/.347/.485 in mostly friendly run environments. He is not a good defender, and is better against lefties than he is against righties. He is Quad-A material, and will likely provide organizational depth after signing with Cleveland. Sands has some pop in his bat, but there are too many holes in it for him to stick at the major league level.
Sands was the player to be named later in the package Los Angeles sent to Boston as part of the Adrian Gonzalez deal, but then was traded from Boston to Pittsburgh in the offseason. He is a power-hitting outfield prospect, who started poorly with the Dodgers last season, was demoted to Triple-A where the struggles continued, and did not recover until the second half of the season. However, he finished strong and hit an impressive .296/.375/.524 with 26 homers and 107 RBI for Triple-A Albuquerque. The Pacific Coast League is batter-friendly, however, and a 59:106 BB:K ratio suggests that there's still work to be done. That said, the right-handed batter hit lefties and righties nearly equally well (.910/.895 OPS). He'll battle for a roster spot at first base and right field with the Pirates in spring training. He offers significant power potential if he can find regular playing time.
Sands has bashed 64 minor league home runs the past two seasons, but after a so-so .253/.338/.389 in 198 big league at-bats last year, he's far from guaranteed a regular spot in the lineup. With the Dodgers out of the race, Sands hit .342/.415/.493 last September, so he has a legitimate chance at 500-plus at-bats in 2012. Consider him a solid sleeper, although he's technically behind James Loney on the depth chart at first base heading into spring training.
We saw hints of a 2009 breakout, but 2010 proved to be Sands' coming-out party as a top prospect. The former 25th-round pick batted a combined .301/.395/.586 between Low-A and Double-A (he skipped High-A entirely) with 35 home runs and 18 stolen bases. Sands has played first base and the outfield in the last couple seasons and was reportedly taking groundballs at third base in the Arizona Fall League, so he's far from settled in terms of a future defensive position. Still, if Sands can continue at this pace in Triple-A this season, the Dodgers will find a spot for him.