Sanchez may be tops in good NL rookie class
Memphis vs. Round Rock, late
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.