Cardinals prospect Ali Sanchez was originally drafted by the New York Mets in 2013 out of Venezuela. He was already known a a defensive catcher. They signed him for $690.000. He played several seasons in their minor leagues and got a brief call up the majors where he played in five games. He was still a defense first catcher with very little pop in his bat. In 2020, he was DFA’ed by the Mets and traded to the Cardinals in February,
Sanchez is 24 years old and at 6’1″ and 200 pounds he does a great job behind the plate. He moves well with a plus arm and does a great job of limiting the running game. He gets high praise for his in-game pitch calling.
The knock is his bat. He just doesn’t produce much from his offense. But it has shown improvement as he hit .262 in the Arizona Fall League last year and at AAA-Memphis where he hit .279 with four homer runs and 22 RBI’s in 68 games.
It is hard to gauge the level of interest the Cardinals have in Sanchez and he currently sits behind Molina, Knizner, Herrera and Julio Rodriguez on the charts. Look for him to be a player next year that goes up and down from the minors.
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