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Hector Sanchez adds two more homers in bid to make Giants

Mar 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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No catcher has played in 100 major league games in his age-22 season since Brian McCann in 2006. Hector Sanchez probably won’t be the next — actually, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez figures to pull off the feat if he stays healthy this season — but he is bidding to make the Giants as a backup catcher and pinch-hitter at age 22.

The switch-hitting Sanchez homered from both side of the plate after coming off the bench Sunday against the Mariners, giving him three homers and eight RBI in 14 at-bats for the spring.

Even before his outburst, the Giants were giving a lot of thought to carrying Sanchez. As things stand now, both of their best bench bats — Brandon Belt and Mike Fontenot — are lefties, as are the regulars they’re most likely to want to pinch-hit for (shortstop Brandon Crawford and outfielder Nate Schierholtz). They definitely need a better righty stick than Ryan Theriot‘s to combat lefty relievers late in games.

That’s where Sanchez could step in. And if he hits, then the Giants would feel a lot better about giving Buster Posey one or two starts per week at first base. The Giants have Eli Whiteside penciled in as Posey’s backup, but Sanchez would be a more intriguing option to start those games when Posey slides over.

One would think that’d have to play into a decision to keep Sanchez. He’s still too young and too raw to be limited to a couple of starts per month and the handful of extra at-bats he’ll get as a pinch-hitter. He’d be better off in the minors if he’s not occupying a significant role in San Francisco.

  1. dwrek5 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    2012’s version of Jake Fox… come on down!

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Fox is 29 while this kid is 22

      Crash and Burn

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      I give you kudo’s Dwrek. Funny stuff.

  2. shanabartels - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    You think the Giants brass might give a young player a chance? That’s cute. I’m prepared to watch a lot of Aubrey Huff messing up Brandon Belt’s development process, and the backup catcher situation isn’t much different (assuming Posey’s health even allows him to catch most games in the first place). Hector Sanchez is having a good spring training, but he needs more time in the minors to develop. He seemed overmatched during his time with the big club last year, so the real question is whether the backup gig will go to Whiteside or Stewart.

  3. mgflolox - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    This is a kid who needs to have regular playing time. It’s an intriguing situation for the Giants, having 2 outstanding young catchers. I thing Posey’s athleticism would be wasted at 1b. If Sanchez’ defense is MLB quality, I might consider moving Posey to 3b, Panda to 1b, see if Belt can play LF, and get the hell rid of Huff.

  4. seeingwhatsticks - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Given how offensively starved the Giants were last year and figure to be again this year it makes all the sense in the world to give Sanchez 2-3 starts a week early in the year while the Giants figure out how often Posey can play behind the plate. Stewart and Whiteside are pretty much black holes of suck at the plate but we’re already hearing stuff about how great they are with the staff so of course there’s no chance Sanchez makes the team.

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