Jesus Sanchez
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The only offensive skill Sanchez is not at least above-average at is patience. He has a quick bat and elite hand-eye-coordination, which allows him to make contact at an excellent clip (career 18.3 K% in full-season ball). The 6-foot-3 right fielder generates plus power to all fields and is adept at hitting same-handed pitching. Sanchez also happens to be a borderline plus runner, though he has only attempted 20 steals in 1,000 PA above rookie ball, which undersells his upside in that category. A 27-game run at Double-A to close out the season was the first time he hit below .300 in pro ball, and since he was the second-youngest hitter in the Southern League, that performance should carry little weight in his long-term evaluation. He will return to Double-A, and given the Rays' extreme organizational outfield depth, they won't rush him up the ladder. Sanchez has a chance to put up prime Adam Jones numbers in his peak seasons. Read Past Outlooks
Promoted to 40-man roster
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
November 20, 2018
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.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jesus Sanchez
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James Anderson caught a few minor-league games last week and got a first-hand look at a number of top prospects, including impressive Braves hurler Mike Soroka.
Farm Futures: Short-Season/Rookie Hitter Index
June 29, 2017
James Anderson provides a glimpse into the next wave of top prospects about to begin play in Rookie and short-season A-ball, including teenage Braves phenom Kevin Maitan.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
A 19-year-old with plus raw power and elite contact skills (17.8 percent strikeout rate) who led qualified Midwest League hitters with a .305 average needs to be taken very seriously, yet Sanchez still seems incredibly underrated. While he won't contribute with his legs in the same way peers like Taylor Trammell and Leody Taveras will, Sanchez's hit tool is special, and batting average is almost as scarce as speed these days. With a really quick bat and loose wrists through the zone, he is able to showcase excellent plate coverage, spraying the ball to all fields. He is better against righties, but posted a respectable .794 OPS against same-handed pitching, so a platoon may not be necessary. Sanchez's lean physique allows him to move fairly well now, but as his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame continues to fill out, he will start to access 25-plus homer power, while slowing down considerably. The Rays have not promoted him aggressively, but it would not be surprising if he took another developmental leap this year and accelerated his ascent to the majors.
The 19-year-old Sanchez's arrow trended upward for the second time in as many seasons, as he slashed .323/.341/.530 over 173 plate appearances for the Gulf Coast League Rays, while rapping out 18 extra-base hits overall, including a whopping eight triples. He was then promoted to the Appalachian League and performed even better, posting a 170 wRC+ with three home runs in 53 plate appearances, albeit with a .412 BABIP. His strikeout rate increased from 17.9 percent to 22.6 percent after the promotion, but that is still a manageable range for an 18-year-old who is producing at that clip. Sanchez is an above average runner, but his baserunning is one area where he'll look to improve in 2017, as he swiped only two bags on seven attempts last season. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Sanchez is already close to physically mature, which is why he is already able to show such impressive game power for his age. This is the time to invest in dynasty leagues, as Sanchez will be in high demand if he continues to rake after an assignment to Low-A Bowling Green.
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Moved up to Double-A
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
August 3, 2018
Sanchez was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on Friday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Tearing cover off ball at High-A level
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
May 22, 2018
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.
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Headed to High-A
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
April 4, 2018
Sanchez will open the year with High-A Charlotte.
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Holding his own at Low-A
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
July 25, 2017
Sanchez, 19, is hitting .298/.342/.474 with 11 home runs, 61 RBI and five steals through 84 games for Low-A Bowling Green.
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Surging at Low-A
OFTampa Bay Rays  AA
June 13, 2017
Sanchez, 19, is batting .281 with three home runs, nine RBI and two steals over his last 10 games for Low-A Bowling Green.
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