Gaby Sanchez at third?

If Emilio Bonifacio’s offensive struggles continue, the organization has no shortage of third base candidates — at the big league and Minor League levels.

Based on where he’s played in recent days, prospect Gaby Sanchez also could be in the mix. Sanchez, who entered Spring Training as the front runner to win the first base job, has played third base for Triple-A New Orleans the past two days.

Chris Coghlan has been getting most of the work at third. Sanchez has seen action at third base before, but in recent years, first base has become his primary position.

Sanchez is hitting .313 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games. 

Would the Marlins promote Sanchez in place of Bonifacio in the near future? That’s an option. Or the team could move first baseman Jorge Cantu back to third base, where he played last year, and use Sanchez at first.

Promoting the left-handed hitting Coghlan also could be a consideration.

In terms of relief pitching, right-hander Carlos Martinez is off to a terrific start. In 8 1/3 innings, he has nine strikeouts with three walks.

— Joe Frisaro



Mr. Frisaro,
If that the Marlins call Sanchez up, who would they put in the leadoff spot? Certainly Maybin doesn’t look ready to be in that spot just yet. Would they switch Hanley back up there just out of necessitcy?

I read on Juan Rodriguez’s blog that Fredi isn’t considering moving Hanley out of the 3 spot. I’m curious about center field right now too, considering Maybin’s struggles. Any thoughts on a move there?

Before Monday’s game, Fredi said he wants to keep Hanley hitting third. That’s consistent with what he’s said since Spring Training. Alfredo Amezaga is a candidate to lead off.

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