Scouting Report: Jesus Sanchez – Tampa Bay Rays

2018-05-25_09-44-00
Photo credit – Scott Greene

Jesus Sanchez, OF

20-years-old (10/7/97)

6’3 210 lbs.

Bats: L, Throws: R

Charlotte Stone Crabs – Florida State League – Advanced A

.358/.371/.552

#2 on my Tampa Bay Rays Top 50 Prospects (from January 2018)
#54 overall on our Prospects1500 Top 148 (from March 2018)

Sanchez profiles as a power-hitting RF.  He has an athletic build, thick lower half, strong arms.  Sanchez should add a bit more strength as he ages and has the frame to carry it.  Wrists are loose, powerful, and lightning fast through the zone.

His stance is slightly closed with his hands low and close to his chest.  High leg kick with his hands quick to the load position. Sanchez stays balanced through the zone and allows his hips and hands to work in concert to generate plus bat speed.  He consistently barrels premium velocity hard to pull side.  Stays closed against left-handed pitchers, producing hard contact the opposite way. Swing has natural loft.  Will take big swings on breaking balls early in the count if they are in the zone.

Despite only 4 walks in 165 at-bats, Sanchez will work the count.  Very animated with his takes.  Good pitch recognition.  Will spit on tough sliders down in the zone  from righties and breaking away from lefties.  Waits for his pitch and does not miss.  I did not see him hit any off-speed pitches for base hits.  Able to foul off tough off-speed until he got fastballs.  Aggressive on a few change-ups that led to pop-ups.  Advanced pitchers will challenge him with off-speed in hitters counts.

Has 50 grade speed.  Gets down the line quickly but speed won’t translate to stolen bases.  Arm is above average in RF as is defense.  Gets good reads on the ball with crisp routes.  Not a gold glover in RF but should rack up outfield assists.

Location

Dates Seen

Evaluator

Player / Position / Team

Bats

Throws

Age

Height

Weight

Level

Tampa, FL May 21-23, 2018

Jason Woodell

Jesus Sanchez/RF/Charlotte Stone Crabs

LH

RH

20

6’3

210

A+

MLB ETA

Risk

OFP

 

Realistic Role

Makeup

Physique/Athleticism

2020

Low

All Star

Middle of order bat

Competitor at the plate.  Plays hard.  Seems like a quiet kid.

Strong wrists, forearms. Thick lower half. Athletic frame

Tool

Present

Future

Report

Hit

50

60

Loose, quick wrists.  Plus bat speed.  Able to barrel premium velocity to all fields.  Stays closed, lets hips and hands work.  Consistent hard contact.  Excellent balance.  Doesn’t get fooled often. Advanced pitchers will force him to hit off-speed in the zone.  Will need to improve patience to get fastballs in hitters counts

Game Power

40

60

Leg kick, explosive hips.  Swing has natural loft.  Hits line drives that carry.  Should create more loft with experience. Sound off the bat sounds like a cannon.  Raw Power – 60

Speed

50

50

Gets down the first base line quickly.  Moves well for bigger kid.  Speed won’t translate to stolen bases

Fielding

50

50

Serviceable RF.  Good reads, crisp routes. 

Arm

60

60

Wasn’t tested on base paths.  Accurate throwing to bases. 

Overall

Aggressive hitter with the ability to hit .300 with 30 HR.  plus bat speed, hard line drives to all fields.  Patient but aggressive.  Power will continue to grow as he matures physically.  Swing has natural loft.  Everyday corner RF, middle of the order bat.  Multi-year All Star.

Featured image of Jesus Sanchez – photo credit Scott Greene (@Scotty_Ballgame)

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