Jesus Sanchez eyes future spot in the Marlins outfield

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 02: The bats, gloves and helmet of Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants sit in the dugout prior to the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 02: The bats, gloves and helmet of Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants sit in the dugout prior to the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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If the Miami Marlins look to add outfield depth when they expand their Major League roster, Jesus Sanchez may be the first player they call on.

We don’t know yet whether the Miami Marlins will add Jesus Sanchez to their 40 man roster at the end of the week, but if they do he is certainly a player that fans should be aware of as a future star in the outfield.

Sanchez, who was part of the deal that sent pictures Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson to Tampa Bay, hasn’t lost a step in moving from the American League East team to the National League. In fact, if anything Sanchez has shown great power in his bat and solid defense since making the switch.

And for a team looking to find better hitting prospects for the near future, Sanchez, who is ranked 40th overall by MLB Pipeline, And is Miami’s No. 3 minor league prospect, the future is certainly bright.

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Sanchez was recently featured in a story on MLB.com of the 30 minor-league prospects to watch after roster expansion September 1. According to Jim Calais, Jonathan Mayo and Mark Rosenbaum, Sanchez was the second-highest minor-league prospect to switch addresses during the MLB trade deadline. That’s a huge win for the Marlins.

At only 21 years old and excelling at the AAA level in New Orleans, he could push for a roster spot in spring training next year or could be the team’s starting right fielder at some point in 2020.

There has been some talk that the front office may not bring Sanchez up at the end of the week, that his body of work between which started in Tampa and now is enough for the front office and the coaching staff to evaluate and make a decision on his future with the organization.

It’s a safe bet that if he does not begin the 2020 season on the franchise’s parent roster it is only a matter time before he is shagging fly balls at Marlins Park.

Sanchez’s name has been linked to the Marlins since before the start of Spring Training. He was thought to be a player the team would be interested in obtaining of the Rays had acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto in February.

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