Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ten Early Thoughts on Pablo Sandoval

  • This 22-year-old will have catcher eligibility in Yahoo leagues (11 games played at catcher last year)

  • He's ranked 13th overall catcher and seen as a bit of a sleeper by Razzball

  • Pablo's nickname is "Little Money"

  • Bill James projects Sandoval to hit 17 Hr, 103 RBi, and bat .320 in 540 at bats in 2009

  • Sandoval did not make an error in 85 innings at 3rd base last year

  • Sandoval is currently penciled in as the 3b for the SF Giants

  • It is possible the Giants pick up another 3b before the start of the season, and that would push Sandoval to first and move Travis Ishikawa back to the minors

  • He has a career minor league line of .303/.342/.445

  • It is a little strange to see someone who is 5'10", 260 pounds playing catcher and third base

  • Guess who tore up the Venezuela League this winter? This guy.

    Hank Hulkum said...

    A catcher who will get tons of at bats, hits 15+ home runs, and bat over .300...and nobody even really knows who he is, and so as a result he's getting draft really late...Sandoval almost seems too good to be true. Which makes me worry he IS too good to be true.

    DrGravitee said...

    Hank, Folks are "catching" on to Sandoval, as he's been steadily being picked earlier and earlier in Y! mock drafts. I used to be able to get him with a 15th / 16th round pick, but now he's goes somewhere in the 10-13th round. His "avg round" in yahoo mocks is still said to be 16.5 (find this by clicking on the "Draft Central" --> "Draft Analysis" tab within your yahoo fantasy baseball team page). But I swear he's been going earlier than that. It wouldn't surprise me to see him consistently go in the 9th - 11th round come mid-March.