5:35pm: The Crimson Sox formally introduced all three strikes. Sanchez has been designated for project, whereas each Hernandez and Refsnyder have been reinstated from the injured record.
4:30pm: The Crimson Sox have designated infielder Yolmer Sanchez for project, reviews Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). The workforce has but to formally announce the transfer, but it surely’ll come as a part of sequence of transactions that additionally consists of the activation of utilitymen Enrique Hernandez and Rob Refsnyder, per Abraham.
Sanchez, 30, has been with the Crimson Sox since being chosen to the large league roster on July 22. A former Gold Glove winner and common with the White Sox, he’s seen his offensive output crater in recent times, although by no means fairly to the extent it has up to now in Boston. It’s a tiny pattern, simply 14 video games, however Sanchez is simply 4-for-37 with seven walks (11.4%), 13 strikeouts (29.5%) and nil extra-base hits by way of 44 journeys to the plate — leading to a dismal .108/.214/.108 batting line on the 12 months.
Sanchez’s peak years with the bat got here in 2017-18 in Chicago, when he posted a mixed .253/.312/.390 batting line whereas taking part in second base on a near-everyday foundation. Granted, even that career-best manufacturing was about 9 p.c worse than league-average, by measure of wRC+, however for a participant with Sanchez’s pace and defensive abilities, that was lots to make him a stable common at second base. His line dipped to .252/.318/.321 in 2019, however Sanchez additionally received a Gold Glove that 12 months, so the Sox seemingly didn’t thoughts the tepid output on the plate.
Within the time since successful that Gold Glove, although, Sanchez has barely seen the Majors. He logged simply 21 plate appearances with the ChiSox throughout the shortened 2020 season and spent the 2021 season with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate the place he posted a grisly .216/.309/.352 line in 355 plate appearances. Issues have been going a lot better for Sanchez with Boston’s Triple-A membership, for whom he’d turned in a .247/.377/.413 line in 305 journeys to the plate.
Now that the commerce deadline has handed, the one consequence for gamers who’re designated for project is to be positioned on outright waivers or launch waivers. Sanchez has sufficient service time to reject an outright project to the minors if he goes unclaimed.