Sanchez may be tops in good NL rookie class

Mem­phis vs. Round Rock, late

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Stephen Stras­burg is so dy­namic that cable net­works re­ar­range broad­cast sched­ules for him. Ja­son Hey­ward is so pop­u­lar only one other Na­tional League out­fielder has re­ceived more All-Star votes.

But the NL rookie en­joy­ing the best sea­son just might be a player no­body is talk­ing about, Mar­lins first base­man Gaby Sanchez.

Bat­ting av­er­age? Sanchez is hit­ting .307. That’s not only the best fig­ure among rook­ies, it’s ninth-best among all Na­tional League hit­ters.

Home runs? Sanchez has eight. That’s fourth on the rookie list, but only three be­hind the leader, At­lanta’s Hey­ward.

Runs bat­ted in? Sanchez’s 37 trail only Hey­ward’s 45.

The Mar­lins have pro­duced three of the past seven Na­tional League Rook­ies of the Year: Don­trelle Wil­lis in 2003, Han­ley Ramirez in 2006 and Cogh­lan last sea­son.

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