Physical Description: Large,
sturdy frame. Looks the part, well proportioned. Minimal
remaining projection. Below-average athlete, on the stiff side.
Hit: Starts slightly open with his hands by
his shoulders. Utilizes a leg lift timing device. Swing is on
the stiff side. Below-average bat speed and length in swing
cause him to have a lot of trouble catching up with high
fastballs. Pitch recognition is below-average. Struggles
especially with quality breaking balls. Will take a walk on
occasion, but approach needs refinement. Lot of swing-and-miss
in his game, especially on pitches within the zone. Will be
tested by more advanced pitching and has to show he can hit
velocity. When he makes contact, hits the ball very hard.
Potential well below-average hit tool.
Plus raw power. Power is primarily to the pull side, but will
flash all-fields power on occasion. Hits the ball hard, but
could stand to add more loft to his swing. Has the potential for
solid-average in-game power, capable of hitting 25 home runs a
year in his peak. How his power actualizes will depend on how
his hit tool develops.
below-average runner. Not a part of his game.
Field: Soft hands, but lacks fluidity in the field. Can
make the routine plays at third base, but struggles to move
laterally and has below average range. Does not seem to read the
ball off the bat well and has slow reactions. Looks better
suited for first base or left field and saw more time at first
base than third in 2022, shifting almost full-time to first in
the second half. Potential below-average defender at third base
and fringy at first base.
Arm: Above-average arm, plenty for third base.
Career Notes: Known as Hudson
Sanchez until 2016, when he took his stepfather's last name.
Signed for more than $1 million under slot with San Diego in
2016. Was advanced aggressively through the minors by the
Padres, reaching Double-A at age 19 in his second full season.
Traded along with Jeisson Rosario for Mitch Moreland at the 2020
trade deadline and reported to the Alternate Training Site. Was
on the roster at the 2020 Fall Instructional League but did not
participate in games. Was added to the 40-man roster in November
2020 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft after
40-man logjam in San Diego was part of what made him available.
Missed the first month of the 2021 season with an oblique injury
suffered in Major League Spring Training. Was designated for
assignment during spring training in 2022 and cleared waivers.
Missed two-and-a-half weeks of July 2022 with an undisclosed injury.
Summation: Potential power-first minor
league depth bat. Ceiling of an organizational bat first player.
Biggest question mark is whether he can hit enough to tap into
his power potential. Has to refine his hit tool and cut some of
the swing-and-miss out of his game. Took a step back after being
aggressively promoted to Double-A. Although initially extremely
young for the league, has continued to struggle with high-minors
Video from Pawtucket (9.7.2020)
Scouting Report Update (3.8.2021)
Scouting Report Update (3.13.2022)