Future Watch: Jesus Sanchez Rookie Baseball Cards, Tampa Rays – Jesus Sanchez was signed by the Tampa Bay Rays as an international free agent in the summer of 2014. At 6′-3″, 210 pounds he has the right measurables to be a star in major league baseball and it won’t take that long for that to happen.
This phenom hit .335 in his first season in rookie league ball with four homers and 45 RBI in 61 games. The next season playing for the Gulf Coast League Rays, he had similar numbers and once again hit way over .300 with a .323 batting average. In that same year, he played for the Princeton Rays, in West Virginia, and he hit .345.
He opened this current season playing in high A-ball. In his first 35 games, he had 10 doubles, five homers, 27 RBI and a .352 batting average with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Sanchez’s offensive ceiling offers reason for excitement, as he’s already shown that he can hit for average and apply his power during games at a young age. He has a fluid swing with an innate ability to impact the baseball from the left side of the plate, with an advanced approach and knack for hitting the ball in the air that belie his age. Sanchez is an above-average runner who is still learning to effectively use his speed on the basepaths and in left field, where he projects as at least an above-average defender with a strong arm. ETA 2019
Here’s a look at his sweet swing:
I wouldn’t be shocked if Sanchez, now 20, is a September call up this season. He’s ripping it up in the minors and if he gets promoted there and continues to do so anything is possible.