Yolmer Sanchez
Yolmer Sanchez
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Chicago White Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Sanchez didn't exactly light the world on fire last season, but his development was a bright spot in what was a generally gloomy season for the rebuilding White Sox. While his walk rate wasn't great at 6.6 percent, it was more than double his 2016 mark, and Sanchez also shaved five percentage points off his strikeout rate (20.8 percent). That led to a 60-point jump in wOBA from the previous season. He was a plus defender around the infield, seeing enough time at second and third to qualify at two positions entering 2018, but Sanchez had a bottom-seven hard-hit rate among qualifiers and was caught on the basepaths more times than he was successful (8-for-17). The 25-year-old still doesn't do anything particularly well on the offensive side, but Sanchez should get a chance to build upon last season's progress with regular at-bats, and opportunity is the driving force in fantasy. Thus there is a bit of appeal here in deep settings. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.35 million contract with the White Sox in February of 2018 after winning his arbitration case.
Out of lineup vs. Cubs
3BChicago White Sox
September 21, 2018
Sanchez is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Friday.
Sanchez will retreat to the bench following nine straight starts, including a two-hit performance during Thursday's victory over Cleveland. Jose Rondon will man third base and bat second in his absence.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .559 325 26 2 29 5 .212 .262 .297
Since 2016vs Right .729 1034 114 22 106 17 .258 .315 .414
2018vs Left .517 150 9 0 8 4 .194 .270 .246
2018vs Right .724 512 53 8 47 10 .255 .316 .408
2017vs Left .660 132 15 1 17 1 .248 .283 .376
2017vs Right .755 402 48 11 42 7 .272 .330 .425
2016vs Left .405 43 2 1 4 0 .167 .167 .238
2016vs Right .662 120 13 3 17 0 .223 .261 .402
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Since 2016Home .723 664 74 14 69 13 .262 .313 .410
Since 2016Away .656 695 66 10 66 9 .233 .293 .363
2018Home .712 327 37 4 26 8 .262 .319 .393
2018Away .644 335 25 4 29 6 .222 .293 .351
2017Home .796 253 31 8 33 5 .284 .337 .459
2017Away .675 281 32 4 26 3 .251 .302 .373
2016Home .550 84 6 2 10 0 .198 .217 .333
2016Away .640 79 9 2 11 0 .219 .256 .384
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Following the signings of Brett Lawrie and Jimmy Rollins to shore up the middle infield, along with the emergence of Tyler Saladino as a useful utility option, Sanchez was left off the Opening Day roster despite spending much of 2015 as the White Sox's starting second baseman. The 24-year-old split time pretty evenly between Charlotte and Chicago thereafter, but despite putting up a solid showing at Triple-A, he still was unable to translate his bat to the big leagues. The infielder could only muster a .208 batting average across 154 at-bats while compiling a rough 42:5 K:BB. Sanchez has a lot of major league experience given his age, which could help him latch onto the Opening Day roster when paired with his strong glove work and defensive versatility. On the other hand, he'll likely be relegated to a bench role until he proves he can hit big league pitchers.
Sanchez battled Micah Johnson for the White Sox’s starting second base gig in spring training, and Johnson wound up winning that competition. However, Johnson’s inconsistency in the field led to Sanchez’s recall from the minors in late May, and Sanchez stuck on the roster from that point forward. He showed off his fielding prowess in his major league stay, but his bat quickly fell off after a hot start. Sanchez has always been young for his level, and he may yet develop into a more consistent singles hitter that can play second, third and short. But his bat boasts little power, and he has never been a great base stealer. Sanchez will contend for a utility role in spring training with offseason trade acquisition Brett Lawrie expected to take over at the keystone.
Sanchez enjoyed something of a rebound year in 2014. He started at Triple-A Charlotte for the second consecutive season, and his .349 OBP earned him a September callup. He served as the club's regular second baseman for much of that final month, and there's at least a chance he could make a run at the starting job in 2015, though he'll have his work cut out for him with Emilio Bonifacio brought in over the winter. Sanchez possess virtually no power and extremely modest speed for a middle infielder, so he will derive his value from being able to put the ball in play (and then beat the ball to first base).
It looked like Sanchez was on the brink of his MLB debut in 2013 after he shot through the organization's prospect rankings in 2012. Instead, Sanchez failed to post a .300 OBP at Triple-A Charlotte. He remains young for his level, as he will not turn 22 until June, so there is still a chance he adjusts to advanced pitchers. If he does, he could be an option at second base if the team trades Gordon Beckham, but Sanchez may also fit in a utility role, depending on how the White Sox arrange their other infield options over the course of the season.
Sanchez shot up the White Sox's prospect rankings in 2012 after he hit .370 in 119 at-bats at Double-A Birmingham. He struggled in limited action at Triple-A Charlotte, but he rebounded in the Arizona Fall League, with a .735 OPS over 22 games. He has come through the system as a middle infielder, but he could be a factor at third base as well depending on how the White Sox elect to use Jeff Keppinger. His bat will play better at shortstop or second, as there is virtually no power here to speak of. Look for him to start 2013 at Triple-A Charlotte, but he could be in Chicago at some point during the season if Gordon Beckham struggles or if Keppinger disappoints.
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Goes deep vs. O's
3BChicago White Sox
September 16, 2018
Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk and a stolen base Sunday against Baltimore.
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Hits bench Sunday
3BChicago White Sox
September 9, 2018
Sanchez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Day off Tuesday
3BChicago White Sox
September 4, 2018
Sanchez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
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On-base streak reaches 23
3BChicago White Sox
September 3, 2018
Sanchez went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox.
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Collects three hits, stolen base
3BChicago White Sox
August 30, 2018
Sanchez went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base Thursday against the Red Sox.
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