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Detroit Tigers could use veteran catching depth at Triple-A

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 8: James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers catches a foul pop up as he reaches out to make the catch in the fourth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 8, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 8: James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers catches a foul pop up as he reaches out to make the catch in the fourth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 8, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 17: Hector Sanchez #44 of the San Diego Padres singles for a two RBI base hit to tie the in the eighth inning of a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 17: Hector Sanchez #44 of the San Diego Padres singles for a two RBI base hit to tie the in the eighth inning of a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images) /

Hector Sanchez

Despite being two years younger than Lopez, Hector Sanchez has considerably more major league experience.

Sanchez made his big league debut in 2011 and appeared in at least 28 games every season since.

He spent his first five years with the Giants as Buster Posey‘s backup. He also spent some time with the White Sox and was in San Diego with the Padres in 2017.

Sanchez hit a career-high eight home runs in 2017. He also posted a .219 batting average and a 70 wRC+ in 137 at-bats.

In his 783 career trips to the plate, the switch-hitting Sanchez has hit .238 with 21 home runs and a 76 wRC+.

While those numbers certainly don’t jump off the page, Sanchez has fared much better in Triple-A.

In 2016 with San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate Sanchez was a beast, hitting .324/.392/.636 with 13 home runs and a 168 wRC+ in 176 at-bats.

Sanchez’ Triple-A results might not  translate to the Majors, considering his bast numbers in the Majors. However, it does indicate that there is still life in his bat.

At 28 years old, it is not unreasonable to expect Sanchez to make some adjustments and become at least a decent big league hitter.

In this hypothetical scenario, the Detroit Tigers would be signing him to be their Triple-A catcher anyway, so expectations would be low for Sanchez, barring injuries at the big league level.

Defensively, Sanchez is a tick above average. His dWAR according to Baseball-Reference is 0.6.

He has thrown out 41 career base runners in 165 attempts.

Despite a below average bat, Sanchez has some big league experience and can hold his own defensively behind the plate.

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As a depth piece to utilize at Triple-A, Sanchez or Lopez both represent solid options. Each would give the Tigers experience and can contribute to the club if needed.

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