Hector Sanchez, Catcher, San Diego Padres, #44
Date of Birth: 11/17/1989
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Current Salary: $750,000
Hector Sanchez, catcher for the San Diego Padres, first signed with the San Francisco Giants in July, 2006. The following year, he started playing in their minor league system. In 2011, he joined the Giants for 13 games.
Sanchez became the backup catcher to Buster Posey in 2012. That season, he batted .280 with 61 hits, 15 doubles, and 34 RBIs in 74 games. In 2013, he batted .248 in 63 games.
As Posey's backup in 2014, Sanchez had limited playing time. He had 32 hits and a .196 batting average in 66 games. He didn't play at all in the postseason. In 2015, he split his time between the Giants and the minor leagues, playing in 28 games with the Giants and 37 games in the minors.
Sanchez signed with the Chicago White Sox on December 18, 2015. He was designated for assignment on May 9, 2016. Two days later, he was claimed off waivers by the Padres. He finished the 2016 season with a .265 batting average in 2 games with the White Sox and 26 games with the Padres.
Sanchez became a free agent on December 2, 2016. He signed a minor league contract with the Padres on December 4th.
Career batting statistics for Sanchez through 2016 include:
- 272 games played
- 156 hits
- 95 RBIs
- 166 strikeouts to 29 walks
- .241 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Sanchez as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 175 games played
- 82 assists
- 1,018 putouts
- 13 errors
- .253 caught stealing percentage
- .988 fielding percentage