Originally Posted by mzh
1. Despite his struggles in Charlotte this year, are people still high on Carlos Sanchez possibly being the future somewhere in the infield? He is still only 21.
2. There's been a lot of talk about Webb being the future in the back end of the bullpen, but what's the word on Jacob Petricka? High draft pick pedigree, seems to be having a great year across a couple levels.
I think people who were high on Sanchez going into this year are still high on him, as you said, he's only 21 and one of the youngest players in the IL this year, if not the youngest. It was a very aggressive placement by the Sox. That said A) if his standing in the organization has dipped a little, it's more to do with Marcus Semien's remarkable run through the minors and B) it's not universally believed that Sanchez will be a productive MLB player. I think there is overall some question as to whether or not he has the tools to be an everyday MLB player, but those were questions raised long ago and not reliant on this down year he's had with the Knights.
I think Petricka is viewed as a valuable relief arm for the future, but Webb just seems to have better closer stuff.