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Gaby Sanchez | First Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Gaby Sanchez hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pirates defeated the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday.
Jordy Mercer was on third base with one out following a fielding error by Justin Upton. Sanchez then lifted a fly ball to deep center field, allowing Mercer to score the winning run uncontested. Sanchez finished 1-for-2 with a walk and the RBI on the night. In 233 plate appearances this season, Sanchez is slashing .233/.300/.400 with six home runs and 27 RBI. Aug 20 - 10:15 PM

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Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Mets on Monday.

Sanchez kick-started the Bucs' late comeback with a pinch-hit solo home run off Mets reliever Scott Rice in the top of the eighth inning. He then added an RBI single in the top of the ninth. The 30-year-old backup first baseman has an impressive .882 OPS with five homers and 12 RBI in 37 games this season.
May 26 - 4:59 PM

Gaby Sanchez homered off Yovani Gallardo in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Sanchez got a rare start over Ike Davis against a right-hander in part because of his superior numbers against Gallardo, and it paid off. It was his first start since May 2, as the Pirates have faced nothing except righties lately.
May 15 - 4:17 PM

Gaby Sanchez went 4-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI triple, but the Pirates lost in 10 innings to the Orioles on Thursday.

Sanchez hadn't done much in the average or on-base departments but his four-hit day in the second half of Thursday's double-header boosts his slash line up to .275/.327/.588. The Pirates have been in need of an upgrade at first base, but Sanchez has been getting it done from the right side.
May 2 - 1:02 AM

Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice Monday before the game between the Pirates and Cubs was suspended due to rain with the score 7-7 after six innings.

The game will pick up where it left off at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. Before play concluded tonight, 10 homers were hit, including six by the Pirates. Starling Marte and Travis Snider also went deep for Pittsburgh. Sanchez's homers were his first two of the year, and it bodes well that he's having the big game in a start against a (usually) tough righty in Homer Bailey. He might get a crack at regular playing time at first base.
Apr 14 - 11:48 PM

While Travis Ishikawa is expected to make the Pirates' Opening Day roster, Gaby Sanchez will still see the bulk of the playing time at first base.

As a left-handed swinger, Ishikawa would theoretically serve as the long side of a platoon, but it won't be your classic platoon situation. Sanchez will be in the lineup most days after batting .290/.371/.419 this spring. The 30-year-old has hit just .234/.319/.369 over the last two seasons and shouldn't be counted on outside of NL-only leagues.
Mar 28 - 12:15 PM

Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk versus the Rays on Saturday.

Sanchez was limited by a bruised knee earlier in the way, but he's 3-for-5 in two games since returning and 5-for-8 overall this spring. The Pirates still haven't given up on bringing in a left-handed-hitting first baseman, but if the season started tomorrow, Sanchez would likely have the job mostly to himself.
Mar 8 - 5:21 PM

Gaby Sanchez (knee) felt fine while hitting in the batting cage Monday.

Sanchez banged up his right knee on a slide last Friday, but he's fine. The first baseman should return to Grapefruit League action shortly.
Mar 3 - 9:17 PM

Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the Pirates lineup on Saturday due to discomfort in his right knee.

The injury isn't expected to be serious and he's considered day-to-day. He's currently the favorite to serve as the team's starting first baseman, but could wind up in a platoon situation.
Mar 1 - 9:59 AM

Pirates avoided arbitration with 1B Gaby Sanchez by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

Sanchez hit .254/.361/.402 with seven homers for the Pirates last season and was arbitration-eligible for the second time. He's currently in line for everyday at-bats at first base, but the Pirates would like to bring in a platoon partner.
Jan 17 - 11:34 AM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated that he's searching for a platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez at first base.

The right-handed Sanchez owns a meager .242/.313/.387 career slash line against same-handed pitchers, but has slashed a robust .300/.399/.496 against southpaws. Huntington also said he believes Sanchez can improve against right-handed pitching, but we'd bet on history over the GM's word on this one. Sanchez's platoon split was even more pronounced in 2013 -- .987 OPS against lefties, .619 OPS against righties -- than it was before.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:34:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez launched a solo homer and collected a double in Saturday's victory over the Angels.

He finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Sanchez is hitting .237/.347/.439 with six homers and 22 RBI over 139 at-bats. He remains worthy of owning in NL-only formats.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 01:34:00 AM

Gaby Sanchez launched a solo homer and had three RBI in Thursday's victory over the Phillies.

Sanchez tied things up in the sixth with a solo shot off of Cliff Lee, and he got to Lee again the next inning with an RBI single. The first baseman took Lee and Cole Hamels deep in the series win, and he now has a longball in each of his last three starts. He could continue to be a solid NL-only play.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez doubled and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

He also drew a walk, reaching base in three of four trips to the plate against Cole Hamels. Sanchez continues to start at first base against southpaws and has homered in each of his last two starts. He's rosterable in NL-only formats.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Gaby Sanchez hit a two-run homer Monday in the Pirates' 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

Sanchez has four homers and a couple of doubles in 32 at-bats this spring. The showing should guarantee that he gets to start at first base against left-handers once the season starts. If he keeps hitting, he could play against righties too, with Garrett Jones logging more outfield time at Travis Snider's expense.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 05:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel