Went back and searched my posts for every mention of the word “sleeper” until the All-Star Break. So, if I said, “(player’s name) was going to be a 2022 fantasy baseball sleeper,” I made note of it with a slash. By the time, I was done, well, put the Jesus Sanchez slashes on a tree, and it would look like Tom Hanks in Castaway. It was like this over the last few months of the season, “I gotta write a 2022 fantasy baseball sleeper for Jesus Sanchez,” “How long until I can write a 2022 fantasy baseball sleeper for Jesus Sanchez?” “Have I written a Jesus Sanchez 2022 fantasy baseball sleeper or have I just mentioned it so much that it feels like I’ve written it already?” By the time I was done searching three months of daily roundups, it felt like Jesus Sanchez wasn’t a 2022 fantasy baseball sleeper anymore, but ya know what? Eff that, bros, four sisters and one sista! I’m highlighting this em-effer!

So, guess what, snitches? We’re done with the fantasy baseball rookies and onto the 2022 fantasy baseball sleepers! Can I get a what-WHAT?! No, the 2nd “what” is louder, not from the standing position. That’s what caps mean:  louder. You thought caps meant it was said while wearing a baseball cap? You have a malfunctioning brain. Okay, forget it! I’m moving on! Across two levels of baseball last year, Jesus Sanchez went 24/1 with a .348 average in Triple-A (37 games) and a .251 average in the majors (64 games). I separated the averages for the two levels rather than average the, uh, averages together because:  I’m lazy. Okay, also, because Triple-A was an insanely high BABIP and he’s not a .348 hitter. If you were to combine his Triple-A and majors numbers, I’d say he went 24/1/.251. That’s what he’s closer to. Well, that and God himself! Jesus, take the steering wheel! Nah, seriously, I need both hands to try to dig around for this last boba in my drink. *tires screech, car flies off a cliff* So, what can we expect from Jesus Sanchez for 2022 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Psyche! Before we get into the Jesus Sanchez sleeper post, just wanted to announce that I’ve begun to roll out my 2022 fantasy baseball rankings on our Patreon. It’s an early Hannukah miracle! Well, late Hanukah miracle this year. The Jews should really decide on one day to start Hanukah each year, and stick with it. It’s better for branding. Anyway II, the Jesus Sanchez sleeper:

I love these homers, so I’m just gonna share them. The first two are just such easy oppo tacos makes me want to get a Doritos Loco taco and crap for the next two days:

That one you can kinda understand. He got all of it the other way. Watch this one now:

That’s kinda ridiculous. That homer makes me think 40 homers is possible for Jesus Sanchez. That should be a pop-up to left. Okay, now for the homer that shows just how powerful he is:

Read the tweet, “Previous long was a 454-foot homer Giancarlo Stanton hit.” That’s what kind of power Jesus Sanchez has. Jesus, indeed.

On Statcast, Jesus Sanchez had a top 10% Max Exit Velo at 113.9 MPH. His average home run distance was 417 feet, that’s 10th best in the league. His barrels per plate appearance was 7.6%, which was 62nd in the league, between Ryan Mountcastle and Nick Castellanos. (Sample sizes are different — that’s what she said derisively! — so take with a grain of salt. Sample sizes are set at 150 batted ball events to include him. Still, Jesus Sanchez was in some pretty heady company. All of this points to a guy who is going to hit a lot of homers. Incredibly, he was doing all of this with a 8.7 Launch Angle. Not awful, but flatter than I would’ve guessed. That Launch Angle led to a 34% fly ball rate. In 500 ABs, that would lead to 137 fly balls. His HR/FB% was 27.5% that gives him 37 homers. That’s without me doing any fudging at all. Step back and fudge it up. I love him! His fly ball rate was higher in Triple-A and his Launch Angle should be more pronounced. Pronunciation key: Yum-mo. If he gets 500 ABs with a 39% fly ball rate, then that’s around 41 homers. As they say to nuns, are you ready to hitch your ride to Jesus? I am!

So, obviously there’s no negatives here, we all know now why everyone prays to Jesus, let’s all sing Kumbayah! *intern whispers in my ear* His strikeout rate was what?! Judas Priest! Okay, Jesus Sanchez’s 31.1% K% last year is concerning, but it was 18.7% in Triple-A. Do I think it gets that low in less than a full year of major league whose-he-whats-is? No. It might hover around 27-29%, but that’s completely doable from a batting average standpoint with neutral BABIP, because he hits the ball so hard. As mentioned on his Max Exit Velo above, and his barrels, in general, he’s not going to hit a lot of dinky rollers to 2nd base. Giancarlo was mentioned above, and I included him on purpose. Not because they came up with the same team, but Sanchez can hit screamers and the power is so effortless. .245 feels neutral, but a high BABIP could happen hitting the ball that hard. As with anything, there’s plusses and minuses: Think a range of .235 to .265, so a “bad” average is on the board as a possibility, but a passable average is way more possible. Finally, because you might consider it, Jesus has no split concerns. I don’t expect he platoons, but, with the addition of Avisail, I tamped down my at-bat projections a tad. Not much, but better to be safe than sorry, which is why I let Jesus take the wheel. For 2022, I’ll give Jesus Sanchez projections of 69/28/78/.253/2 in 479 ABs with a chance for much more.

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Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
1 year ago

Dynasty have Baez and Story and need pitching to compete 2022. Traded Adames for Mahle and Stroman. I get violated?

Llango5021
Llango5021
1 year ago

Grey,
I was offered Marte and Gausman for Goldy and my 5th and 6th pick. What side would you take?
Idk how I feel about gausman in a ball park in Toronto and marte going up on age when steals that’s his best asset.
This is a 12 team H2H league where we keep 10 guys.

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Hey Grey! Quick question for you. I’m in a deep 30 team dynasty H2H points league.

I was offered Tyler Glasnow for Oneil Cruz and Gregory Soto.

I have an old staff in Darvish, Ryu, Greinke, Houser, and Skubal. So while Glasnow doesnt do anything for me this year, he might help fill things out in the future of the dynasty.

Team is pretty balanced overall in compete now mode. Do i keep the depth, or make the move to try to thread the needle?

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
1 year ago

Yo Grey!

Got an offer of Julio Rodriguez and Tork for LouBob in a dynasty league where I am not likely to compete in 2022. Thoughts?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago

Did that baking show you audition for ever air?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

What was it called?
Patiently waiting for Gomorra S5 to come to max.
I don’t want to go find subs and episodes on the interwebs haha.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh ya I gotta watch the new season.
I’m not on Starz heard Sails was good.
There’s too many damn services now haha.
What about Yellowstone? People have said it’s good too.

NCPhilly
NCPhilly
1 year ago

Dear Sir or Madam,
To whom it may concern: will there be a Brandon Belt sleeper post?
Respectfully woke with regards to sleepers,
Fantasy Baseballer

Will
Will
1 year ago

Looks like he’s got a clear path to a full time job too now that the Fish finally said goodbye to Lewis Brinson (who declined his assignment to AAA and is now a free agent). Sanchez has already outperformed anything Brinson did in a Marlins uniform. Thanks for the sleeper post, he’s on my watch list.

NCPhilly
NCPhilly
1 year ago

He’s a poor man’s Yordan Alvarez.

Sport
Sport
1 year ago

So would you rank Franmil, Jesus, and Walsh in that order? Followed by Verrdugo?

What about these SS? Adames, Dansby, Rodgers, Cruz, Urias.

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I thought I read you say the day Urias could be a 30-10 guy, with a push to get to 10. That would be sweet coming from a 2B,SS,3B eligible dude.

Thank you very much!

joeurso1
joeurso1
1 year ago

Jesus Sanchez or Rondon?

TC
TC
1 year ago

Morning!
12 team, 9 forever keepers. H2H 5×5 each category scoring.
Keeping Vlad, Olson, Semien, Kelenic, O’Neill, JRod, Torkelson, and Alcantara. Need your opinion on last spot, or if you’d make an exchange with any of my original 8.

Options are Abrams, Luciano, Jazz, Jesus, Haniger, Franmil, Brennen Davis, Trevor Rogers, and Gallen. Thanks.

TC
TC
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks man. Appreciate it. Definitely trying to group some guys into an upgrade keeper, but hard to do in a 12 team, keep 9 league sometimes.

Toolshed
Toolshed
1 year ago

What do you think of lane thomas as a fantasy sleeper?

Toolshed
Toolshed
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah I ended up adding him later in the year in a 14 team league and he was pretty decent for me and had a pretty solid 2nd half.

FireRobManfred
FireRobManfred
1 year ago

I’m a big believer in Jesus. I haven’t been this excited since the last Jesus (Aguilar, not the false Jesus — Luzardo).

There’s a crazy lady who sits in a parking lot near my work holding a sign that says Jesus Is Coming Soon Get Ready and I roll down my window and shout “Yeah buddy I’m taking him deep in drafts!”

Sport
Sport
1 year ago

Sleepers are here! what-WHAT!

I was aiming to get Jesus in my current draft and will definitely move him up a little!

So I messed up and didn’t get a SS. Currently have Freeman, India, Ramirez, LouRob, O’Niell, Winker, plus Robby Ray and Nola. I can wait on SP for a while now.

SS available are Dansby, Adames, Cruz, Rodgers, and Luis Urias so I will live one of those.

Short stops got me to thinking though. How far does Lindor slide where you would consider grabbing him?

Did I read in the comments that you would rather have Mancini over Walsh?

Thank you sir! I’m so happy the Sleepers are here!

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Any sleeper thoughts on Amed Rosario? Steamer has him at 14HR-10SB. He feels good for 85 runs, 15HR,18 SB. Or am I too optimistic?

UkraineGameToYou
UkraineGameToYou
1 year ago

Thank god he’s off the Rays now – less concerns about the Marlins running him out for 600+ PA.

Would love to see him and O’Neil Cruz just in a 1 v 1 Home Run derby this year

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
1 year ago

I’ll be trying to have him on multiple teams this year