There weren’t many Cincinnati Reds prospects that played a lot this fall/winter league season. One of the guys who did, though, was infielder Carlos Sanchez. The Dominican native turned 19 a little more than a week ago, and he’s spent the bulk of his winter on the opposite side of the world where he’s played in 33 games with the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League.

Sanchez got out to a nice start down under, hitting .300/.417/.367 in the first 10 games. He walked six times and struck out just six times in 36 plate appearances during that stretch. But when the next series began on December 15th he went 1-5 with three strikeouts and went into a big slump for the rest of the month, hitting just .146 while striking out 20 times in 45 plate appearances. It was a tough stretch.

When the new year began, Carlos Sanchez turned things around. In the first series of the year he went 4-12 with a double, triple, 4 walks and just 2 strikeouts. He didn’t really slow down from there, going 7-21 in the next two series, picking up 4 more doubles, 5 more walks, and he struck out just 3 times. In 11 games during January he hit .333/.465/.545 with nearly twice as many walks (9) as strikeouts (5) in 43 plate appearances.

The slump in the middle of his run in the regular season pulled his hot start and finish down overall. He finished the season with a .250/.363/.356 line to go with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 19 walks, and 31 strikeouts in 124 plate appearances.

While the regular season is over, the playoffs are set to begin on January 26th. Sanchez and Perth are the second seed in the playoffs and if they continue to win they could play through February 4th.

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5 Responses

  1. MK

    Watched a few of there games. He played short and third in them. Made all the plays though had no spectacular play opportunities. I would say the Australian League is slightly a step above rookie Ball as far as competitiveness. There are players there better than that but many who are not.

    • Doug Gray

      Yeah – in one of the more recent games, Sanchez faced Randy Wynne – who pitched in AAA and the big leagues this season. But he’s also faced guys who have never played affiliated ball.

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    It’s interesting to see how Sanchez will perform and develop in 2024. He’s been good in his two-year career so I expect he plays single-A ball all season being promoted to high-A at the end just at age 19. The problem is the high competition he will find against a really good amount of solid prospects the Reds have