The Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League are expected to sell the contract of right-handed pitcher Salvador Sanchez to the Miami Marlins, according to Mike Ashmore of MyCentralJersey.com.
— Mike Ashmore (@mashmore98) January 10, 2015
Sanchez, 29, was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent prior to the 2004 season. He spent the first seven seasons of his professional baseball career as an outfielder, batting .262/.310/.406 while swatting 55 homers and driving in 329 RBI in just over 2,200 plate appearances. He topped out in Double-A in 2010 and became a pitcher in 2011. He was sent down to Rookie Ball after the position change and just like he did as an outfielder, he topped out in Double-A as a pitcher. In three seasons as a pitcher in the White Sox organization, Sanchez posted a 2.88 ERA in 75 innings of work out of the bullpen. In the 51 games he pitched over those three seasons, he struck out 67 batters while surrendering 27 walks.
After being released by the White Sox organization last March, Sanchez signed with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League. In 42 appearances for the club this past season, he posted a 2.40 ERA in 41 1/3 innings of work out of the bullpen while notching 25 saves.
He was traded to Somerset in September and made five relief appearances for the club. He allowed six hits, four runs and two walks in five innings of work out of Somerset’s bullpen.
Sanchez joins right-handed pitcher Jason Lowey, who was purchased by the Colorado Rockies, as the only two Somerset relievers to be sold to Major League Baseball organizations this off-season.
Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Reporter for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.