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Sanchez Knows He Can Be Better
He hit just .256 with 93 strikeouts in 82 games for the Charleston RiverDogs this past season, but finished with a team-high 17 home runs and actually hit the best when it counted, chipping in with a .295 batting average with runners in scoring position.
"I think at first I was struggling and that led to a lot of strikeouts. I made some adjustments, making the adjustment to hitting the ball to right field and that helped me."
Not being such a pull-hitter was one such adjustment. The more basic adjustments, however, just came from gaining new experiences. He had not only ever participated in a long-season league before or caught as many games, but it was also his first time playing extensively at night.
"Obviously the first couple of games I couldn't see the fly balls but I got used to it after the first couple of weeks," he said
"Overall at first I struggled with catching like I did my hitting, but at the end I improved my receiving and footwork, and blocking balls."
While he is happy with the progress he did make from start to finish, especially ending the year with some hot-hitting [.433 with 7 home runs in his last nine games], Sanchez also realizes he can be so much better going forward.
"I didn't meet the goals that I wanted," he admitted. "I had high standards and I didn't meet them. Obviously at the end I caught up [a bit]. I'm glad I did that but I didn't start [the year] like I wanted to.
"I'm not fully developed but I got better. I think I can be even better next season," he concluded.
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