Physical Description: Large,
sturdy frame. Looks the part, well proportioned. Minimal
remaining projection. Below-average athlete, on the stiff side.
Hit: Starts slightly open with his hands by
his shoulders. Utilizes a leg lift timing device. Swing is on
the stiff side. Below-average bat speed and length in swing
cause him to have a lot of trouble catching up with high
fastballs. Pitch recognition is below-average. Struggles
especially with quality breaking balls. Will take a walk on
occasion, but approach needs refinement. Lot of swing-and-miss
in his game, especially on pitches within the zone. Will be
tested by more advanced pitching and has to show he can hit
velocity. Potential below-average hit tool.
Power: Plus raw power. Power is primarily to the pull
side, but will flash all-fields power on occasion. Hits the ball
hard, but could stand to add more loft to his swing. Has the
potential for solid-average in-game power, capable of hitting 25
home runs a year in his peak. How his power actualizes will
depend on how his hit tool develops.
Well below-average runner. Not a part of his game.
Field: Soft hands, but lacks fluidity in the
field. Can make the routine plays at third base, but struggles
to move laterally. Does not seem to read the ball off the bat
well and has slow reactions. Below-average range. Looks better
suited for first base or left field. Potential below-average
defensive profile at third base.
Arm: Above-average arm, plenty for third base.
Career Notes: Went by
Hudson Sanchez until 2016, when he took his stepfather's last
name. Signed for more than $1 million under slot with San Diego
in 2016. Was advanced aggressively through the minors by the
Padres, reaching Double-A at age 19 in his second full season.
Acquired in Mitch Moreland deal along with Jeisson Rosario at
the 2020 trade deadline and reported to the Alternate Training
Site. Was on the roster at the 2020 Fall Instructional League
but did not participate in games. Was added to the 40-man roster
in November 2020 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5
Draft; 40-man logjam in San Diego was part of what made him
available. Missed the first month of the 2021 season with an
oblique injury suffered in Major League Spring Training. Was
designated for assignment during spring training in 2022 and
Projects as a power-first organizational bat. Has the ceiling of
a bench major leaguer, but has a ways to go to reach his
potential. Biggest question mark is whether he can hit enough to
tap into his power potential. Has to refine his hit tool and cut
some of the swing-and-miss out of his game. Took a step back
after being aggressively promoted to Double-A. Although
initially extremely young for the league, has continued to
struggle with high-minors pitching. Needs to show he can handle
third base to reach his potential, as his bat profiles better
there than first base or left field.
Video from Pawtucket (9.7.2020)
Scouting Report Update (3.8.2021)
Scouting Report Update (3.13.2022)