Carlos Lee: Starting 1B? Angel Sanchez: Great #2 Hitter??

Word broke yesterday that Brad Mills said in an interview, that Carlos Lee will be our starting 1B when the season opens. This comes as no surprise as we all thought that he would be playing there, especially after the arrival of J.D. Martinez. What’s surprising to me, is that they are already penciling him in at 1B when we are months away from spring training. What this tells me is that even if Brett Wallace has a strong spring training, he will not be our starting 1B and will likely be relegated to AAA. It also diminishes Wallace’s trade value.

During the same interview, Mills also said that Angel Sanchez was a great #2 hitter. Yes, you heard that right. A guy with a career OBP of .304 and a career batting average of .255 is a great #2 hitter in the eyes of our manager.  Now granted, Mills has not been given the best players to work with but some of his decisions and statements are real  head scratchers, to say the least.  More to come from our local nine soon.

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  • Stroscrow

    Mills has had a love affair with Angel Sanchez ever since the Astros traded for him. I don’t agree that Sanchez is a great number two hitter, but he is probably an adequate one. His solid contact rate has some value in that spot. The problem I have with Angel is where do you play him. He is not a good shortstop. He looks to be average at second base but his bat doesn’t provide enough for the Astros to keep Altuve off the field.

    The fact that Sanchez got 300 plus atbats this past season is ridiculous. I hope the Astros sign an everyday shortstop because I really don’t want to see Angel in the infield.

  • Stroscrow

    Mills has had a love affair with Angel Sanchez ever since the Astros traded for him. I don’t agree that Sanchez is a great number two hitter, but he is probably an adequate one. His solid contact rate has some value in that spot. The problem I have with Angel is where do you play him. He is not a good shortstop. He looks to be average at second base but his bat doesn’t provide enough for the Astros to keep Altuve off the field.

    The fact that Sanchez got 300 plus atbats this past season is ridiculous. I hope the Astros sign an everyday shortstop because I really don’t want to see Angel in the infield.

    • BHam2421

      IMO, Sanchez is nothing but a pinch runner. He cant hit, cant play defense and cant get on base often enough to be a #2 hitter. Mills love affair with Michaels and Sanchez is very odd to say the least.

      • Stroscrow

        Agreed.

  • BHam2421

    IMO, Sanchez is nothing but a pinch runner. He cant hit, cant play defense and cant get on base often enough to be a #2 hitter. Mills love affair with Michaels and Sanchez is very odd to say the least.

  • Stroscrow

    Agreed.

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