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Sanchez earns Marlins' starting first base job

Mar 29, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

sanchez swinging.jpgClark Spencer of the Miami Herald passes along word that Gaby Sanchez has captured the Marlins’ starting first base job over top prospect Logan Morrison, who has been reassigned to minor league camp.

Sanchez, 26, hit .409/.460/.659 this spring with 18 hits, five doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 44 at-bats while Morrison, 22, went 9-for-43 (.209) with zero homers.  It’s not all about those spring stats, of course.  Sanchez has been waiting in the wings to get a crack at a full-time starting job in the big leagues and Morrison should do well with a bit more marinating at the Triple-A level.

Sanchez is a .276/.323/.552 hitter in 29 major league at-bats.  He’s projected by the great Bill James (via FanGraphs) to hit .279/.357/.464 this season with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 406 plate appearances.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    I suspect that Sanchez won’t hit all that well this year, Bill James notwithstanding. His pitch selection has improved but he still really looks like he wants to jack everything. He may need to be humbled a bit before he shortens up his swing and gets himself under control. He is, however, an upgrade over a Cantu at 1st/Bonifacio at 3rd corners arrangement. He’ll just need to learn to lunge upward and to his left to keep Cantu’s not infrequent pegs to the field boxes from making it into the stands.
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    Cameron Maybin looks pretty good coming out of camp – but let’s see if he’s really figured out how he was able to tear through the NL pitching staffs in late 2008, something he totally lost his handle on last year. I suspect Mike Stanton will be part of the mix by May, and an outfield of Maybin-Coghlan-Stanton would be pretty impressive. We’ll just have to enjoy them while we can – in other words, until they become arbitration eligible and get shipped off for yet another cartfull of EYPs.
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    Still a bullpen to be in awe of – you know, like you were in awe of those village-consuming napalm fireballs on the six o’clock news during the Vietnam war. Scrooge McLoria, Republican that he is, apparently has learned from LBJ that you have to be willing to destroy your late innings in order to save them. The bullpen is still this team’s Achilles heel.

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