Physical Description: Large,
sturdy frame. Looks the part, well proportioned. Minimal
Hit: Starts square
with his hands by his shoulders. Relaxed, loose at the plate.
Utilizes a leg lift timing device. Barrel stays in the zone. Has
had trouble catching up with high fastballs. Will take a walk on
occasion, but approach still 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.
Run: Below-average runner. Not a major part of
Field: Soft hands, passable in
the field. Moves well enough and will make the routine plays at
third base. Below-average range. Not flashy; will not make many
stand-out plays, but can do the job. Has shown the ability to
play second base adequately to add to his versatility. Potential
fringe-average defensive profile.
Above-average arm, plenty for third base.
Career Notes: Went by Hudson
Sanchez until 2016, when he took his stepfather's last name.
Took an under-slot deal after being selected in the first round
by San Diego in 2016. Was advanced aggressively through the
minors by the Padres, reaching Double-A at age 19 in his second
full season. Played at the Alternate Training Site after being
acquired from San Diego. Was on the roster at the 2020 Fall
Instructional League but did not participate in games. Missed
the start of the 2021 season with an oblique injury suffered in
Major League Spring Training.
Summation: Projects as a power-first bench bat.
Has the ceiling of an everyday player who could slot into a five
or six-hole due to his power, 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, but was extremely
young for the league. With a refined approach could head back
there and succeed in 2021, when he will still be young for the
level. Needs to show he can handle either second base or 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)