Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT 10 Months

Gaby Sanchez went 4-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI triple, but the Pirates lost in 10 innings to the Orioles on Thursday.

Sanchez hadn't done much in the average or on-base departments but his four-hit day in the second half of Thursday's double-header boosts his slash line up to .275/.327/.588. The Pirates have been in need of an upgrade at first base, but Sanchez has been getting it done from the right side.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT 11 Months

Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice Monday before the game between the Pirates and Cubs was suspended due to rain with the score 7-7 after six innings.

The game will pick up where it left off at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. Before play concluded tonight, 10 homers were hit, including six by the Pirates. Starling Marte and Travis Snider also went deep for Pittsburgh. Sanchez's homers were his first two of the year, and it bodes well that he's having the big game in a start against a (usually) tough righty in Homer Bailey. He might get a crack at regular playing time at first base.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT 11 Months

While Travis Ishikawa is expected to make the Pirates' Opening Day roster, Gaby Sanchez will still see the bulk of the playing time at first base.

As a left-handed swinger, Ishikawa would theoretically serve as the long side of a platoon, but it won't be your classic platoon situation. Sanchez will be in the lineup most days after batting .290/.371/.419 this spring. The 30-year-old has hit just .234/.319/.369 over the last two seasons and shouldn't be counted on outside of NL-only leagues.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT 12 Months

Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk versus the Rays on Saturday.

Sanchez was limited by a bruised knee earlier in the way, but he's 3-for-5 in two games since returning and 5-for-8 overall this spring. The Pirates still haven't given up on bringing in a left-handed-hitting first baseman, but if the season started tomorrow, Sanchez would likely have the job mostly to himself.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Dec 13 '79

Gaby Sanchez (knee) felt fine while hitting in the batting cage Monday.

Sanchez banged up his right knee on a slide last Friday, but he's fine. The first baseman should return to Grapefruit League action shortly.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Dec 10 '79

Gaby Sanchez was scratched from the Pirates lineup on Saturday due to discomfort in his right knee.

The injury isn't expected to be serious and he's considered day-to-day. He's currently the favorite to serve as the team's starting first baseman, but could wind up in a platoon situation.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Oct 28 '79

Pirates avoided arbitration with 1B Gaby Sanchez by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

Sanchez hit .254/.361/.402 with seven homers for the Pirates last season and was arbitration-eligible for the second time. He's currently in line for everyday at-bats at first base, but the Pirates would like to bring in a platoon partner.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Sep 06 '79

Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated that he's searching for a platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez at first base.

The right-handed Sanchez owns a meager .242/.313/.387 career slash line against same-handed pitchers, but has slashed a robust .300/.399/.496 against southpaws. Huntington also said he believes Sanchez can improve against right-handed pitching, but we'd bet on history over the GM's word on this one. Sanchez's platoon split was even more pronounced in 2013 -- .987 OPS against lefties, .619 OPS against righties -- than it was before.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Apr 03 '79

Gaby Sanchez launched a solo homer and collected a double in Saturday's victory over the Angels.

He finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Sanchez is hitting .237/.347/.439 with six homers and 22 RBI over 139 at-bats. He remains worthy of owning in NL-only formats.

Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT Feb 03 '79

Gaby Sanchez launched a solo homer and had three RBI in Thursday's victory over the Phillies.

Sanchez tied things up in the sixth with a solo shot off of Cliff Lee, and he got to Lee again the next inning with an RBI single. The first baseman took Lee and Cole Hamels deep in the series win, and he now has a longball in each of his last three starts. He could continue to be a solid NL-only play.