South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 88: Wilber Sánchez

When you’re so young and so talented: You make the Top 100 without available art. (@MiLB)


Wilber Sánchez
Shortstop
5´10´´
160 pounds
Age: 18
SSHP rank among all shortstops in the system: 7 

Wilber Sánchez, a native of Venezuela, received a signing bonus from the White Sox last February, to little fanfare. With that said, despite the fact that he was the lesser-known Sánchez on the DSL squad, he still found a way to make a name for himself. In 52 games totaling 177 at-bats, Sánchez slashed .288/.391/.395 with 13 doubles, three triples, 25 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, 28 walks (13.5%) and 33 strikeouts (15.9%). Interestingly, he fared far better versus righties (.304/.416/.415) than he did southpaws (.238/.304/.333). Sánchez was about seven months younger than his competition, so there’s nothing fluky about his stats. When Yolbert joined the team later in the season, Wilber moved over to second base, where he played fairly well. He made a combined 13 errors this year, which could likely be attributable to his youth and perhaps the quality of the playing field. Sánchez should be ready for a promotion to the AZL squad in 2020.

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