Yolmer Sanchez
Yolmer Sanchez
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Sanchez is a starting infielder mostly because of his glove. The glove is as above average as his overall offensive output is below average. He does get you some steals and can provide enough in the counting categories to make a difference in AL-only leagues. However, he has struggled to get on base at a high rate (career .293 OBP) and does not make a lot of hard contact (career 25% Hard%). He lost his second-base eligibility in 2018, and his lack of offense will stick out like a sore thumb at the hot corner on draft day. It is easy to see why the White Sox are rumored to be very much involved in the Manny Machado sweepstakes. Additionally, the presence of Yoan Moncada at the keystone does not bode well for Sanchez getting his eligibility at second base back quickly in 2019 unless your league only requires one game for new eligibility. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.63 million contract with the White Sox in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Has first four-hit game
2BChicago White Sox
September 21, 2019
Sanchez went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Friday's 10-1 win over the Tigers.
This was the first time Sanchez collected four hits in a game. He endured a miserable first two months of the season, but the 27-year-old infielder survived and will finish out the season as the primary starter at second base. His status beyond 2019, however, is murky. Second base prospect Nick Madrigal is close to hitting the majors and the left side of the infield is occupied by franchise building blocks. Sanchez could be a serviceable utility infielder, but the White Sox could easily replace him with a less-expensive option.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .633 413 38 2 35 6 .243 .299 .334
Since 2017vs Right .697 1338 146 20 122 21 .256 .318 .379
2019vs Left .738 131 14 1 10 1 .292 .346 .392
2019vs Right .606 424 45 1 33 4 .239 .309 .298
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .710 839 98 12 78 16 .267 .328 .382
Since 2017Away .656 912 86 10 79 11 .239 .300 .356
2019Home .621 259 30 0 19 3 .257 .329 .291
2019Away .653 296 29 2 24 2 .248 .307 .346
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
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How does Yolmer Sanchez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Not starting Friday
2BChicago White Sox
September 13, 2019
Sanchez will be on the bench Friday against the Mariners.
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Not starting Friday
2BChicago White Sox
September 6, 2019
Sanchez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels.
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Back-to-back two-hit games
2BChicago White Sox
August 29, 2019
Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double Wednesday in the White Sox's 8-2 loss to the Twins.
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Six-game hitting streak
2BChicago White Sox
August 19, 2019
Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a double in Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Angels.
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Not starting Friday
2BChicago White Sox
August 9, 2019
Sanchez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics.
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