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Hector Sanchez, San Francisco Giants
Marshall backup plan
The Giants have called up this 21-year-old prospect and probably don't expect him to grab pine very often. Sanchez is supposed to be raw defensively, although the club must believe that he's made considerable strides in that area if they're willing to entrust this staff to him during a pennant race. Offensively, he's still developing, too, as his age would suggest - and particularly in the power department - but he does have some promise.
At advanced Class A San Jose this season, Sanchez hit .301 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs in 176 at-bats. He jumped from there to Triple-A Fresno, where, in 78 at-bats, he batted .321 with no round-trippers and 12 RBIs. He also walked in 10.2 percent of his plate appearances, a drastic improvement from his 2.7 percent walk rate with the San Jose Giants. In general, as a pro, the switch-hitter has displayed positive statistical indicators in terms of batting average.
Despite Sanchez's reviews and pretty bright future, it's hard to imagine this youngster, who plays the most difficult position on the diamond, jumping from the low minors to the bigs and have extensive success immediately. By all accounts, he entered this season with quite a bit to learn. He may contribute because of his pure ability, but he won't hit for power and is unlikely to be trusted with an advantageous lineup spot, even in San Fran's sub-par lineup. Sanchez warrants intrigue, but it would seem foolish to spend a great amount on him.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
Sean Marshall, Chicago Cubs
Carlos Marmol has blown two of his last three save opportunities and has been erratic (more so than usual) this season. It's highly unlikely that he'll abdicate his closer's throne on the North Side, but Mike Quade has indicated that Marshall will get consideration in save situations that involve tough left-handed batters.
Marshall, 28, is in the midst of his second straight season of quality relief work (5-3, 2.72 ERA, 9.21 K/9, 2.09 K/9) and is worth owning in deep formats even without the prospect of saves. Don't expect a significant contribution in that category, but a few extra wouldn't hurt.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Consider
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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