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Héctor Enrique Sánchez (born November 17, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, and San Diego Padres.

Héctor Sánchez
Héctor Sánchez.jpg
Sánchez with the Giants in 2012
Long Island Ducks – No. 37
Born: (1989-11-17) November 17, 1989 (age 29)
Maracay, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 15, 2011, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.238
Home runs21
Runs batted in120
Career highlights and awards



San Francisco GiantsEdit

In 2011, after hitting .302 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 52 games for the San Jose Giants, Sánchez was promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies.[1] Sánchez was called up to the majors for the first time on July 15, 2011.[2]

He was selected to join the Giants' 2012 Opening Day roster as the backup catcher behind Buster Posey.[3] Due to their pairing during Barry Zito's rehab stint at AAA in 2011, and their continued success together at the major-league level in 2012, he had been designated as Zito's personal catcher.[4] On April 23, 2012, Sánchez hit his first career home run off of Dillon Gee.[5] On May 6, 2012, Sánchez hit a pitch-hit, walk-off single against the Milwaukee Brewers despite a five-man infield.[6] On May 21, Sánchez hit his second career homer in the top of the 14th inning, against the Brewers again, to help the Giants win 4–3.[7] In 2012, Sánchez appeared in 74 games, batting .280 with 3 home runs and 34 RBI. He was the backup catcher during the 2012 postseason, which culminated in the Giants winning the 2012 World Series.[8]

In 2013, Sánchez played in 63 games, batting .248 with 3 home runs and 19 RBI. On August 15, 2013, he hit a pinch-hit, 3-run home run off Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The Giants were trailing 3–1 and held on to win 4–3.[9] On April 23, 2014, Sánchez hit his first career grand slam in the top of the 11th inning against the Colorado Rockies.[10] On June 25, 2014, Sánchez was the catcher for Tim Lincecum's second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.[11] Sánchez went on the concussion list on July 26 and suffered a second concussion while on a rehab assignment and missed the rest of the 2014 season.[12]

On July 21, 2015, Sánchez hit his second career grand slam off Dale Thayer of the San Diego Padres.[13] In early September, Sánchez strained his left hamstring and sprained his left ankle running to first base and missed the rest of the season.[14] After the season, Sánchez was not tendered a contract by the Giants and became a free agent.[15]

Chicago White SoxEdit

On December 14, 2015, Sánchez signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Chicago White Sox.[16] The White Sox promoted Sánchez to the major leagues on April 26, 2016.[17] He was designated for assignment on May 9.[18]

San Diego PadresEdit

After being designated by the White Sox, Sanchez was claimed by the San Diego Padres and added to the 25-man roster.[19] On June 14, he was designated for assignment and outrighted to the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas.[20][21] For the season, he had the third-slowest baserunning sprint speed of all major league players, at 22.9 feet/second.[22]

He was non-tendered in the 2016 offseason, and signed a minor league contract with the Padres on December 13, 2016.[23] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Return to San Francisco GiantsEdit

Sánchez returned to the Giants organization on a minor league contract in January 2018. [24] He was released from Triple AAA on May 27.[25]

Detroit TigersEdit

On January 21, 2019, Sanchez signed a minor-league deal with the Detroit Tigers that included an invite to Spring Training. He was released on March 28, 2019.

Long Island DucksEdit

On April 8, 2019, Sánchez signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[26]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Baseball Reference Minors
  2. ^ Haft, Chris (July 15, 2011). "Prospect Sanchez called up; Burrell to DL".
  3. ^ Shea, John (April 4, 2012). "Ladies and gentleman, your 2012 Giants' Opening Day roster". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Schulman, Henry (April 9, 2012). "Thoughts and notes on Barry Zito's shutout at Coors Field". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Giants Dominate, Sweep Mets In Doubleheader". Associated Press. KPIX. April 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez delivers walk-off single for Giants". Associated Press. May 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Schulman, Henry (May 22, 2012). "Hector Sanchez homers in 14th as Giants top Brewers". San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. ^ Iott, Chris (October 24, 2012). "Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants stick with same rosters for World Series". MLive.
  9. ^ "Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez blasts Giants past Nats with 3-run HR". Associated Press. August 15, 2013.
  10. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (April 23, 2014). "Hector Sanchez's grand slam in 11th inning lifts San Francisco Giants over Colorado Rockies". San Jose Mercury News.
  11. ^ "Tim Lincecum tosses second no-hitter against Padres". Associated Press. June 25, 2014.
  12. ^ "Hector Sanchez likely done for '14". Associated Press. August 27, 2014.
  13. ^ Schulman, Henry (July 22, 2015). "Heston, homers hoist Giants to big win". San Francisco Chronicle.
  14. ^ Shea, John (September 6, 2015). "Giants updates including Hector Sanchez's 'hazardous' journey to first base". San Francisco Chronicle.
  15. ^ Schulman, Henry (December 2, 2015). "Giants non-tender Petit, Sanchez, now free agents". San Francisco Chronicle.
  16. ^ Adams, Steve (December 14, 2015). "White Sox, Hector Sanchez Agree To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors.
  17. ^ Kane, Colleen (April 26, 2016). "White Sox call up catcher Hector Sanchez, place Kevan Smith on DL". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  18. ^ Adams, Steve (May 9, 2016). "White Sox Designate Hector Sanchez For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors.
  19. ^ Lin, Dennis (May 11, 2016). "Padres claim catcher Hector Sanchez off waivers". San Diego Union Tribune.
  20. ^ Todd, Jeff (June 14, 2016). "Padres Designate Hector Sanchez". MLB Trade Rumors.
  21. ^ Todd, Jeff (July 4, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 7/4/16". MLB Trade Rumors.
  22. ^ Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard |
  23. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 14, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/14/16". Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  24. ^ Todd, Jeff (January 4, 2018). "Giants To Sign Hector Sanchez, Chase d'Arnaud, Jose Valdez". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  25. ^ Byrne, Connor. "Giants Designate D.J. Snelten, Release Hector Sanchez". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Big League Catchers Cabrera and Sanchez Sign with Ducks". Long Island Ducks. April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.

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