By Jason Shetler
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America have added former Pirates infielder Freddy Sanchez to the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot.
Sanchez was selected in the 11th round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. He emerged quickly through the Red Sox system, and made his big league debut with Boston just two years later.
At the 2003 trade deadline, Sanchez was traded to the Pirates as part of the Jeff Suppan deal. His best season came in 2006 when he hit .344 and captured the National League batting title, as he became the 11th player in franchise history to do so. In addition, Sanchez made his first All-Star team that year. He also was named an All-Star two other times in 2007 and 2009.
On July 29th, 2009, the Pirates dealt Sanchez to the San Francisco Giants. In 2010, he batted .292, and helped lead the Giants to a World Series championship.
Sanchez played his final season in 2011. During his ten big league seasons with the Red Sox, Pirates and Giants, he put up a .297 average and a .748 OPS. Defensively, he was above average at second base with a UZR/150 of 4.4, and performed even better as a third baseman with a 16.2 UZR/150. While it’s obvious that Sanchez won’t be heading to Cooperstown, he still had some impressive accolades, despite not having a very long Major League career.