23-year-old Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands got the call to the big leagues today and hit a double in his first major league at-bat. Sands was hitting .400/.422/.875 with five home runs in only 45 plate appearances at triple-A. Sounds exciting. Just temper expectations.
Sands has some serious power, I won’t try to deny that, but his swing isn’t exactly geared to contact. That’s where the problems might arise at the major league level. Against big-league pitching, over 400-plus at-bats, Sands is likely to do a lot of swing-and-missing, which is likely to result in a low AVG. Unless he hits 30-home runs at the big league level, such a low AVG wouldn’t play well in 12-team mixed leagues.
There are actually some things I like about sands. The plus-power is one, but he also showed good plate discipline while in the minor leagues. However, according to FirstInning.com
, he never showed a knack for hitting line-drives.
Obviously, NL-only and deeper leagues that are looking for some sort of upside play can add Sands and hope for the best, but in most standard leagues, he’s not worth giving up a lot to acquire.