Gabriel Sanchez...Wife's name is Judy...Has two daughters; Sky (7/27/12) and Autumn (11/9/13)...Is a 2002 graduate of Brito Miami Private High School...Also played three years of baseball (2003-05) at the University of Miami...Has participated in each of the last two team caravans and PirateFest events.
2013 SEASON: Spent entire season with the Pirates...Made 113 appearances (60 starts) at first base and one appearance at third base; played the last four innings at the hot corner during the final game of the season on 9/29 at Cincinnati (no chances)...Produced a .310 average (27-for-87) in 54 games after the All-Star break...Hit .333 (34-for-102) against LHP and .204 (33-for-162) against RHP...Hit six of his seven home runs on the road...Went 5-for-29 (.172) with three doubles, 10 walks and six RBI as a pinch hitter...Was Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter at first base...His first home run of the season was a game-winning shot off Paul Maholm in the sixth inning on 4/20 vs. Atlanta (broke a 1-1 tie) - was also his only home run hit at PNC Park in 2013...Went 12-for-32 (.375) with four doubles, four homers and 14 RBI in a 14-game span from 4/14 to 5/3...Homered four times in his last six starts during the month of April...His home run on 6/4 was his first since 4/30...Had 5-for-7 streak before going hitless in 17 at bats from 6/15-21...Went 2-for-4 with a home run on 6/22 at Los Angeles (AL)...Hit his last home run on 6/25 at Seattle...Swiped lone base (10th career) on 6/30 vs. Milwaukee and came around to score winning run in 2-1, 14-inning victory that day...Snapped an 0-for-12 streak with an RBI-double as a pinch hitter on 7/23 at Washington...Had three hits on 7/25 at Washington; entered the game with three hits in his previous 23 at bats during the month of July...Hit .294 (15-for-59) in 25 games (10 starts) during the month of August and .325 (27-for-83) in his final 50 regular season games, beginning on 7/23.
2013 POSTSEASON: Went hitless in two at bats as a pinch hitter against St. Louis in the Division Series...Also played the final inning of Game Three in Pittsburgh at first base.
Was Miami's Opening Day starter at first base for the third straight season and played in the first game at Marlins Park on 4/4 vs. St. Louis...Recorded first career walkoff hit on 4/13 vs. Houston...Homered for the first time on 4/26 at New York (NL)...Swiped lone base (ninth career) on 5/6 at San Diego...Was hitting .197 following the action on 5/19 and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans...Hit safely in each of his first eight games with the Zephyrs (9-for-26, .346)...Went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on 6/8...Was recalled by the Marlins on 6/10 and tallied an RBI in each of his first two games upon his return on 6/10 and 6/11...Homered for the third and final time with Miami on 7/4 at Milwaukee before being optioned back to Triple-A after the game...Hit .293 (17-for-58) with six doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 15 games during his second stint with the Zephyrs...Was acquired by Pittsburgh on 7/31...Made his first start with the Pirates at first base on 8/1 at Chicago and went 0-for-2 with a walk...Hit .316 (12-for-38) in his first 16 games with Pittsburgh thru 8/18...Hit first home run with Pirates on 8/22 at San Diego...Went 11-for-33 (.333) with two homers and eight RBI during a 14-game stretch from 9/2-16, raising average with Pittsburgh from .259 to .287...Connected off Cincinnati's Mike Leake for third career pinch-hit home run on 9/11...Went 3-for-29 in his final 11 games and finished the season going hitless in his last 17 at bats...Hit .217 (65-for-299) with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI in 105 combined games between Miami and Pittsburgh...Made a total of 95 appearances (77 starts) at first base with the two clubs (54/51 with Marlins and 41/26 with Pirates) and made three errors (one with Pittsburgh).
Club's lone representative at All-Star Game in Phoenix, going 0x1 as a pinch-hitter inseventh inning...Batted .293 (100x341) in first half, with 46 runs, 22 doubles, 13 home runs and 50 RBI...At break, was tied for first in National League in doubles by a first baseman (22),second in hits (100), fourth in on-base percentage (.374), tied for fourth in RBI (50),tied for sixth in home runs (13) and seventh in batting average (.293)...Finished season with a .996 fielding percentage, making just five errors in 1,368 totalchances. Fielding percentage ranked fifth in Majors among first basemen, and tiedfor second in NL behind Todd Helton (.997)...On July 23 vs. Mets, registered second career multi-homer game...Finished season second on team with 54 extra-base hits (Stanton-69) and 21 go-aheadRBI (Stanton-22)...Hit first career grand slam (off Kyle Lohse) on May 2 at St. Louis; was 3x18 (.167) witha double, a home run, a walk and 15 RBI with bases loaded.
In his first full season at the Major League level, hit .273 with 72 runs scored, 37 doubles, threetriples, 19 home runs and 85 RBI in 151 games ... Led Major League rookies in doubles, RBI, extra base hits (59) and total bases (256). Led allNational League rookies in at-bats (572) and hits (156), ranked third in runs and walks, and tiedfor third in home runs ... He became the second Marlins rookie to bat over .300 in the first half of the season, joining DanUggla (.307) who did so in 2006. He is the third Marlins rookie to record 90+ hits in the first half,while his 21 doubles were the second-most (Mike Jacobs, 24 in 2006) ... Named the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month in June. He led all NL rookieswith 39 hits, 16 runs scored, two triples and a .587 slugging percentage ... Hit in a career-best eight straight games from June 16-24. Over the streak, hit .472 (17x36) withthree doubles, a triple, one home run and six RBI. Equaled the mark from June 28 to July 6 andJuly 17-25 ... Tallied two home runs on June 11 at Tampa Bay, marking his first career multi-home run game.Also drove in a career-best six runs. The six RBI matched the 2010 single-game high for a rookie,a feat previously achieved by the Cardinals' David Freese (April 29) and the Cubs' StarlinCastro (May 7, in his big-league debut). Sanchez was the fourth rookie in Marlins history withsix RBIs in one game, joining Charles Johnson (1995), Mike Jacobs (2006) and Cody Ross (whohad a seven-RBI game in 2006). -Elias ... Connected for four hits on June 11 at Tampa Bay, marking a season-high. Equaled the total onAugust 4 vs. Philadelphia when he went 4x4 with two doubles ... Ranked 12th among qualifying NL first basemen with a .991 fielding percentage (1196 TC/11 E).Albert Pujols led the league at .998 (1619 TC/4 E) ... Posted a .291 average (48x165) with runners in scoring position to lead the team.
Began his fifth professional season at triple-A New Orleans, posting a .289 average with 11 doubles,16 home runs and 56 RBI in 85 games with the Zephyrs...over his minor league career, hastaken more walks (246) than strikeouts (244)...Batted .348 (32x92) over his first 24 games of the year. Over his final 60 games, hit .265 (60x226)...Hit in a season-best 11 consecutive games to start the season, batting .347 (17x49) over thestreak. Also had a 10 game streak from April 28 to June 11...Tallied consecutive three-hit games on April 11-12 to mark a season best. Equaled the mark fivemore times, including two consecutive three-hit games on August 10-11...Hit two home runs, while knocking in a season-high five RBI, on August 11 at Sacramento...Had considerably better numbers against left-handed pitching, batting .341 (31x91). Againstrighties, hit .269 (61x227)...In 38 home games, hit only .234 (30x128) while in 47 road contests batted .326 (62x190)...Posted a .293 (27x92) average with five home runs and 40 RBI with runners in scoring position...In three stints with the Marlins this season, hit .238 with two home runs and five RBI in 21 games...Hit first career home run on September 12 vs. Washington (pinch hit). Hit second home run, alsoin the pinch hit role, on August 23 vs. Philadelphia. He became the second Marlin in club historyto record their first two career home runs in the pinch-hit role. Bruce Aven was the first to doso, as he connected on April 15 at Shea Stadium and May 7 at Dodger Stadium in 1999...Made one start in the field (first base), August 20 at Houston...Went 5x18 (.278) with two home runs and three RBI as a pinch hitter.
Spent entire season at double-A Carlina prior to having his contractselected by Florida on September 2...Earned Southern League MVP honors after posting a .314 averagewith a league-leading 42 doubles...led all Marlins' minorleaguers in games (133) and doubles (42), and ranked tied forsixth in all of MiLB in doubles...Named to both regular and post season Southern League All-Star teams...Tabbed as TOPPS Player of the Month for July as he hit .379(39x103) with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 27 contests...Earned SL Player of the Week honors for the week of July 14-20after hitting .579 (11x19) with two doubles, three homers, nineRBI and six runs scored...again earned Player of the Week honorsfor the week of July 28-August 2, batting .423 (11x26) withthree doubles, one home run and 11 RBI...Through his first 89 games, batted .312 (100x321) with 29 doubles,six home runs and 48 RBI...over his next 23 games he boasteda .425 average (37x87) with seven doubles, 11 home runsand 35 RBI, including 14 multi-hit efforts...Strung together a season-high 13-game hit streak from June 6-19, hitting .392 (20x51) with nine doubles and nine RBI...alsoowned two 11-game streaks; May 2-15 and July 9-24...In an eight game stretch from July 28-August 4, went 16x35(.457) with four doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI, raising hisaverage to a season-high .339...Notched three multi-home runs games; July 16 at Mississippi,August 3 at Tennesee and August 4 at Tennessee...game on July 16...Over his minor league career, has taken more walks than strikeouts(205-200)...Had contract selected by Marlins on September 2 and madehis Major League debut as a pinch-hitter on September 17 vs.HOU (0x1)...In his first career start, September 24 at Washington, went 3x5with two doubles and one RBI.
In 2007, was second in Florida State League in doubles, runs, and games played...Named Florida State League Player of the Weekfor June 25-July 1, batting .435 (10x23) with six doubles and eight RBI over that span...led all Marlins' Minor Leaguers with 40 doublesand was fourth with 132 hits, 89 runs and 64 walks.
His 15 home runs in 2006 were fourth-most in the organization...was named the South-Atlantic League Player of the Week for April6-16 and the Marlins' Organizational Player of the Month for April...was honored with Florida Marlins' Minor League Player of theYear award following the season...suffered a broken left hand while with Jupiter that ended his season early.
Led single-A Jamestown and New York-Penn League with .355 average in 2004...also led Jammers in hits (83), RBI (42), SLG (.401)and OBP (.487)...second on team with 16 doubles.