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Hector Sanchez | Catcher | #44

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/17/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 235
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Padres manager Andy Green said Sunday that Hector Sanchez is making a "very, very strong case" to be on the Opening Day roster.
The Padres will head into the season with Austin Hedges as their starting catcher. The Padres could get away with carrying a third catcher if they keep Christian Bethancourt on the roster, as he's also working as a bullpen option this spring and would provide the necessary roster flexibility. Mar 19 - 8:11 PM

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Hector Sanchez fouled a ball off his foot Wednesday, but X-rays came back negative.

He'll be held out of drills for a day or two. Sanchez was non-tendered by the Padres in early December and then eventually re-signed to a non-guaranteed minor league deal. He's organizational depth at catcher for San Diego.
Feb 23 - 11:11 AM

Padres re-signed C Hector Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Sanchez was non-tendered by the Padres at the beginning of December, but he didn't find any better destinations out there. The 27-year-old will operate as emergency depth at catcher for San Diego in 2017. He is a .241/.278/.354 career hitter in the majors.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 05:01:00 PM

Padres non-tendered C Hector Sanchez.

While not the biggest name of the six players that the Padres non-tendered on Friday, Sanchez could make for an intriguing option on the free agent market. The 27-year-old has hit .241/.278/.354 with 13 homers and 95 RBI over 646 plate appearances in his major league career.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 09:04:00 PM

Hector Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Monday as the Padres topped the Giants 4-0.

This had to feel pretty good for Sanchez, a once well-regarded catching prospect who has struggled to find work after his five years of shutting between San Francisco and the Giants' Triple-A affiliate. Sanchez, who is playing for the Padres because the team doesn't want to have to pay Austin Hedges what he'll be worth beginning in 2019, has three homers in just 37 at-bats.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 01:27:00 AM

Padres purchased the contract of C Hector Sanchez from Triple-A El Paso.

Sanchez will give the Friars much-needed depth at catcher with Christian Bethancourt landing on the disabled list in a corresponding roster move because of a left intercostal strain. Sanchez holds a .240/.276/.348 career batting line at the major league level.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Padres sent C Hector Sanchez outright to Triple-A El Paso.

Sanchez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. He'll stick around as catching depth in the minors.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 09:35:00 PM

Padres designated C Hector Sanchez for assignment.

Sanchez wasn't playing much and the Padres wanted to give utility man Ryan Schmipf a chance in the major leagues. The Padres claimed Sanchez off waivers from the White Sox last month. Teams are always looking for catchers so Sanchez shouldn't have much trouble finding a new team.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 07:25:00 PM

Padres claimed C Hector Sanchez off waivers from the White Sox.

Sanchez was designated for assignment on Monday. He managed one hit in seven at-bats prior to being cut loose. In 604 major league at-bats, the 26-year-old catcher holds a career triple-slash of .238/.273/.343. Even if he sees an extended run with the Padres, he does not make for much of a fantasy option.
Wed, May 11, 2016 08:56:00 PM

White Sox designated C Hector Sanchez for assignment.

Sanchez went 1-for-7 in his short stay with the Pale Hose. He's only 26 years old and there's usually a need for catching depth somewhere around the league, so the native of Venezuela should latch on somewhere quickly.
Mon, May 9, 2016 01:10:00 PM

White Sox recalled C Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte.

It's been a revolving door at catcher the last few days for Chicago with Alex Avila (hamstring) and Kevan Smith (back) both going down with injuries. Sanchez hasn't done much to warrant a promotion (.143 AVG this season) but he's the best the White Sox have right now aside from starter Dioner Navarro.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 04:22:00 PM

White Sox reassigned C Hector Sanchez to minor league camp.

The White Sox are going with Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro at catcher. Sanchez hit .241 this spring with five RBI in 29 at-bats. He'll wait it out in Triple-A Charlotte until a spot opens up in Chicago.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 07:21:00 PM

White Sox signed C Hector Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Sanchez served as the primary backup to Giants catcher Buster Posey from 2012-2015 before getting non-tendered in early December. He will now operate as organizational depth for the White Sox, who have a solid platoon in place between Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:19:00 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that the club is interested in bringing Hector Sanchez back.

They non-tendered Sanchez last week, but they'd be interested in having him back at a lesser rate. Sanchez hit only .179/.207/.304 with a homer and five RBI across 56 at-bats for the Giants in 2015.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 07:08:00 PM

Giants non-tendered C Hector Sanchez.

Sanchez was sidelined with leg injuries in September. When healthy, he hit .179/.207/.304 with a homer and five RBI across 56 at-bats. The 26-year-old backstop now enters the free agent pool. He's a backup catcher -- nothing more, nothing less.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 10:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2Christian Bethancourt
3Luis Torrens
4Hector Sanchez
5Tony Cruz
1B1Wil Myers
2Jamie Romak
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Cory Spangenberg
3Jose Pirela
SS1Erick Aybar
2Luis Sardinas
3Javier Guerra
4Allen Cordoba
5Dusty Coleman
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
LF1Alex Dickerson
2Jabari Blash
3Collin Cowgill
CF1Travis Jankowski
2Manuel Margot
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
S1Jered Weaver
2Jhoulys Chacin
3Clayton Richard
4Christian Friedrich
5Luis Perdomo
6Jarred Cosart
7Trevor Cahill
8Robbie Erlin
9Colin Rea
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Carter Capps
3Brad Hand
4Ryan Buchter
5Kevin Quackenbush
6Miguel Diaz
7Buddy Baumann
8Keith Hessler
9Jon Edwards
10Craig Stammen
11Jose Torres
12Will Locante
13Jose Ruiz