Sanchez is batting .296 with six homers and 34 RBI's for the Pirates this season.
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John Sickels of Minor League Ball grades Alderson a B+ (borderline A-) and ranks him the Giants third best prospect.
Sickels: "Doesn't have Bumgarner's stuff but pitched well at a higher level with great command."
SB Nation Expert take:
Grant: McCovey Chronicles
Sanchez is a nice player. Good defense. His one down year was probably due to a low BABIP. He's under contract through next year. Yeah, that's an upgrade worth trading for. But, good gravy, not with one of the more valuable trade chips in the system.
And I'm not the world's biggest Tim Alderson booster, either. He'd have to put a couple of ticks more on his fastball to really be an elite prospect, though his curve and control were already fantastic. I don't think he was the next Tim Lincecum, and I'm not even sure that he was the next Jason Marquis. What kills me, though, is that if the Giants were willing to trade Alderson, they could have traded for something they really needed. A hitter who knows how to get on base more than the average player, or a hitter with power. Sanchez is neither. He makes the lineup better, but, hey, you know who else would have made the lineup better? Felipe Lopez. You know, the guy whom the Brewers received for a couple of minor league tweaks. And then the Giants could have traded Alderson for another hitter. A Scott Barnes/Tim Alderson package wouldn't have been enough for Victor Martinez, but it would have been a heck of a start.
Charlie: Bucs Dugout
I'm excited to have Alderson in the organization, but the chance that the Pirates get nothing from this deal is fairly high, and I'm not sure Alderson's upside--I'd say he's a #3 or borderline #2 starter if all goes well--is worth it. I can certainly see why the Pirates made this move, and I think it's nice to balance the grab bags they got in the Jack Wilson and Nate McLouth trade with a riskier deal for more of a blue-chip player, but I'm not sure Alderson is the right blue-chip player. I really hope he proves me wrong, though.
Like anything in baseball, it could work out for the Giants, but I would say they could’ve done better; it’s like picking a guy in the first round that everyone else has projected to go in the 3rd round. Heeeeeyyyy … has anyone ever seen Sabean and Al Davis in the same room at the same time? Can we really verify that they’re actually 2 different people?