Can Tony Sanchez Snag a Roster Spot?

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Updated: February 15, 2017

Throughout the offseason, Billy Eppler has been stockpiling former top prospects, including two of the top four picks in the 2009 MLB Draft. The number two overall pick, Dustin Ackley, was signed to a minor league contract earlier this month. The other was number four overall pick Tony Sanchez. Out of the two, Sanchez could have the biggest impact on the Angels. Why? Both Martin Maldonado and Carlos Perez are defensive first catchers with options left.

Not many Halo fans know about Sanchez, but I wouldn’t expect many to. Sanchez was once the #46 overall prospect in baseball according to Baseball America. He has since fallen off the map. Last season, he spent the year splitting time between the Giants and Blue Jays AAA teams. Sanchez could bring some pop to the position. He is only a few seasons removed from slugging .487, so you can see the power is there. Maldonado nor Perez had a slugging percentage above .360 last season. Sanchez has the bat that can fill the void Jett Bandy left. He won’t be the biggest slugger, but can give you an extra base hit from time to time.

It also allows the Angels to keep one of their catchers fresh, while the other gets a good amount of reps in AAA. Sanchez can be one of those innings eaters catchers. He isn’t the same player anymore, but Tony is only 28. He’s still young, can hit, and is a decent fielder. If Perez or Maldonado struggle in Spring Training, watch out for Sanchez. He could be a surprising addition to the Opening Day roster.

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