Freddy Sanchez: Fast Starter or For Real?
Freddy Sanchez has seven hits in his first fifteen at bats, which is good for a .467 batting average. He has scored three runs, smacked a home run, and collected three RBI. That begs the question, is he just a fast starter or is he for real?
Sanchez’s career monthy numbers look like this:
- April: .281 batting average, .745 OPS
- May: .314, .768
- June: .289, .725
- July: .263, .658
- August: .333, .854
- September: .305, .755
His career batting average is .299 and his career OPS is .752. The past three years his numbers have been:
- April: .272, .704
- May: .296, .749
- June: .255, .658
- July: .239, .570
- August: .329, .826
- September: .316, .775
He is just a steady producer. He won’t know your socks off, but he can certainly hit for average. He’s not a guy that gets out of the gates quick and then fades. He historically has had a little dip in July before finishing strong.
His main concern is his durability. Sanchez played in 111 games in each of the past two years. He played in 145 and 147 in his previous two seasons. He’ll never be the player he was in 2006 when he broke on the scene hitting .344 with 85 runs and 85 RBI, but he’s a solid middle infield option and backup second baseman. He’s not going to continue to hit .400+, but he’s a strong be to finish the month with a batting average north of .300.