Former Brooklyn Cyclones catcher Ali Sanchez made his Major League debut for the New York Mets Monday night, entering the game against the Nationals as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning.
Sanchez, the Mets’ 17th ranked prospect, played with the Cyclones (short-season, Single-A New York Penn League) in the 2016 season, batted .216 with 11 RBI, 10 doubles, 10 walks, and two stolen bases in 171 at-bats in 47 games.
However, the 23-year-old Venezuela native is known for his defensive prowess behind the dish, throwing out 39 of 84 (46.4 percent) of runners who attempted to steal while with the Columbia Fireflies, New York’s full-season, Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, in 2018. He also hit .259 and drove in 22 RBI in 193 at-bats in in 50 contests that same year.
Sanchez becomes the third Cyclone to make the Majors behind Blake Taylor (Astros) and David Peterson (Mets) this campaign.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photos Courtesy of the Columbia Fireflies.