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Hector Sanchez impressed as a September roster addition
The San Francisco Giants have one of the top young talents in the game at the catcher position in Buster Posey. However, with Posey coming off a devastating ankle injury in 2011, he will also play several games at first base.
This means the backup catcher role becomes critical for the Giants. They have three candidates, Eli Whiteside, Chris Stewart and Hector Sanchez. Of the three, it is Sanchez who has the greatest upside.
Sanchez is by far the best offensive player of the three and has improved his defensive skills over the past year. In 2011, Sanchez split time between San Jose, Fresno and San Francisco.
In the minors, Sanchez hit a cumulative .285 with 12 home runs and 84 RBI. He also gained valuable experience behind the plate and calling games.
Sanchez got a chance to play in the majors as a September call-up. He showed that he wasn't awed and more than held his own. Sanchez hit .258, with an OBP of .324.
At only age 22, Sanchez may start the season in the minors. He is, however, the best young prospect at the catching position. I hope Sanchez makes the big league team and does well; the Giants can use his offense.
Tommy Joseph is someone to keep an eye on, but he needs to make more consistent contact with the bat. Joseph has shown good power in Single-A ball but also has a long way to go in terms of his defense. We'll likely see him at Double-A Richmond this coming year and will learn a lot more about his development.