There is absolutely no question as to who the hottest hitter is currently in all of the minor leagues, it’s a Miami Marlins top prospect.
Sanchez, the Marlins #6 prospect, started the 2021 minor league season in Triple-A with Jacksonville. After struggling mightily during his first ever action in the big leagues during the 2020 season going 1/25 at the plate, you could argue that it was clear that Sanchez needed more time in the minor leagues to develop.
Well, as you’ve most likely heard by now, that extra development is currently happening right now down in Triple-A for Sanchez in a big way.
Could Jesus Sanchez force the Miami Marlins hand?
As mentioned previously, Sanchez is undoubtedly the hottest hitter currently in all of minor league baseball.
Sanchez has appeared in 12 games so far this season for the Marlins Triple-A affiliate Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Looking at these stats alone to start the season, it’s clear why the question of forcing a big league call-up is starting to loom more and more.
Jesus Sanchez 2021 Triple-A stats so far:
- 12 games – 49 AB, 6 HR, 19 RBI, .510 AVG, .538 OBP, 1.020 SLG, 1.559 OPS
Looking a little more in-depth, this hot start includes 25 hits in 49 at-bats, as well as one double and two triples. Sanchez has also drawn three walks, and has only struck out 11 times. This hot start also previously earned him a spot on the MLB Prospect Team of the Week.
Sanchez has flashed every single reason why the Marlins are so high on him in these first dozen-or-so games alone in Triple-A. The consistent hard contact is there, and it’s obvious by the 6 HRs so far that the power and HR potential is continuing to grow.
So, could Sanchez force the Marlins hand on a call-up to the big leagues?
While it would make sense to allow him to continue to develop to show that this isn’t just a “hot streak” at the plate, it’s hard to keep this current production from Sanchez down in Triple-A.
If Sanchez continues to produce at this rate from the plate, he might just force the Marlins hand. If he does do this also, don’t think it’s a bad thing for the Marlins either. In fact, you could make the argument that if the NL still had the DH this season, this move would 100% be a no-brainer.
Sanchez continues to swing a hot-bat day-by-day down in Triple-A. If he continues this, we could see one of the Miami Marlins top OF prospects back in the big leagues in due-time.