2023 Player Outlook
2023 Recap: Despite a lower batting average and OBP, which we should come to expect from Sanchez at this point, he was a revelation for San Diego last year, as he hit 19 home runs with a .500 SLG across 72 games for the Padres. In fact, his 12.63 AB/HR was the best amongst catcher with at least 250 plate appearances last season! The power is known with Sanchez, and he’ll run into 20+ home runs over a full season with relative ease for the most part. However, he’s a liability in terms of batting average and OBP, so fantasy managers have to stomach that.
2024 Outlook: If Sanchez can hit LHP like he did last season (.267/.304/.680), he has an opportunity to carve out a semi-regular role in Milwaukee. He won’t be the starting catcher in Milwaukee as William Contreras has that locked down, but Sanchez should serve as the backup backstop, and potentially serve as the DH against left-handed pitchers on occasion. Just how many ABs will Sanchez receive is the question and will largely determine his overall fantasy value. In NL-only formats, he’s worthy of a dart throw in the later rounds, because if he can carve out a role where he is playing more often than he isn’t, he should be fine from a power standpoint at American Family Field.