The 20-year-old Sanchez’s success is definitely more open to skepticism than that of any other guy on this list, since he’s playing against poor competition in the Dominican Summer League, is over-aged for that league, and didn’t put up particularly great numbers in 2015, his first pro season, as he hit .236/.317/.402 with six homers in 229 at-bats.
This season, though, Sanchez has exploded onto the scene, hitting .339/.424/.631 with 15 homers and a total of 33 extra-base hits in 233 at-bats. The Cardinals obviously have begun to notice him, as he was named the organization’s Player of the Month for the month of June, and it would be a surprise if he didn’t get moved to the US next spring. Sanchez is certainly behind the eight ball as it pertains to his big-league odds, since he’ll likely be a 21-year-old playing in rookie or short-season ball next season, but if he continues to hit like he has this year, he’ll force the Cardinals to reconsider his future.
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