infielder would hold up if he was ever given the opportunity to play
as an everyday player.
Sanchez, 28, has been given that opportunity this season, and he
has been making the most of his chance.
Sanchez has been consistent at the plate and reliable -- if not
sometimes brilliant -- on defense for the struggling Pirates.
With five weeks remaining in the season, Sanchez has already
played in 95 games and has become Pittsburgh's starting third
Although his average had dipped the last week, he is still batting
.268 (81 for 32). In the last 10 games, he is hitting just .200.
Along with scoring 34 runs, he also has 23 runs batted in, 14
doubles, three triples and one home run. He also has 21 walks and has
struck out 21 times.
In the field, Sanchez has started 66 games at third base,
shortstop and second base. He has 80 put-outs and just four errors in
249 total chances. He has a .990 fielding percentage.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they haven't done as well this
season. Pittsburgh has a 53-72 record and is last in the National
League Central Division, 26 games behind the division-leading St.
Sanchez is a former Bulldog standout who also starred at Glendale
-- Jeff Tully