Position: Catcher Height: 5-11 Weight: 185
Born: 10/25/1980 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Sanchez has been a part of the Tigers organization since he was a 17-year old catcher in the Dominican Summer League in 1998. After spending three seasons in the DSL, in only one of which he showed any progress, Sanchez came state-side to test his skills further. Heading into the 2004 season, Sanchez had compiled a very weak minor league track record, with the only bright spot being solid strike zone judgment. Danilo had demonstrated little power and an inability to hit for average. The 2004 season provided some promise for Sanchez. Despite being old for the Midwest League, Sanchez' numbers were still mildly impressive, posting a .294/.355/.798 line. Danilo's strike zone judgment waned during the 2004 campaign, in his first exposure to even slightly more advanced pitchers.
Physically, Sanchez is not an imposing player. A thin, wiry frame makes Sanchez appear out of place behind the plate, but his defensive skills have been solid none-the-less. A strong arm and good quickness gives Sanchez a slight defensive leg up in comparison to his competition in the lower rungs of the system. Despite a nice defensive skill set, Danilo's offensive package is still lacking, particularly when considering his age relative to his Midwest League counterparts. Sanchez has displayed little power, decreasing plate discipline, and has not filled out his frame. Combining these attributes and his defensive abilities leaves Sanchez lacking overall potential. If he fills out his frame, Sanchez could develop the power necessary to make his otherwise empty offensive arsenal useful, but he'll need to do it quick, and demonstrate such progress in another hitter-averse environment in the Florida State League.
Performance Year Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB SLG% OPS 2004
Sanchez has not experienced any significant injuries to this point.
Danilo will likely garner most of the time behind the plate for the L-Tigers in 2005, where the front office will be expecting significant progress from the 24-year old backstop. Unless Sanchez continues to hit near .300 or develops some unforeseen power, he'll struggle to contribute much offensively, and in turn, will struggle to remain on most prospect lists. The doubles power shown by Sanchez in 2004 could continue to develop, but without a subsequent return of his previously seen plate discipline, Sanchez will be lucky to duplicate his 2004 season, which looks largely out of character. At this point, Sanchez will be lucky to make the Major Leagues as a career backup, and will have to make great strides quickly to have more of a career than that. With only Mike Rabelo ahead of him on the organizational ladder, a strong start could see him moved to Erie in light of his advanced age, but I think it is unlikely his performance will warrant such a decision.