Sixto Sanchez (07/29/98) is a pitcher who signed with the Miami Marlins in 2019, after being traded by the Philadelphia Phillies. He joined the Phillies as an international free agent in 2015 when scouts saw him throwing for batting practice at a workout for a Cuban catcher they were checking out a year before.
Following injury, Sanchez was traded along with Jorge Alfaro, Will Stewart, and $250,000 in international bonus slot money to the Marlins in exchange for J. T. Realmuto.
We’ve come up with three top Sanchez rookie cards, along with investment advice if you’re hoping to pick up a copy or two before he makes his MLB debut.
Top 3 Sixto Sanchez Rookie Cards
Here is a trio of the best Sanchez RCs to keep an eye out for when factoring in price, popularity, and rarity.
2017 Sixto Sanchez Bowman Chrome RC #CPA-SS
The first option to make the list is from the 2017 Bowman Chrome set, or more specifically from the 63-card Chrome Prospect Autographs sub release.
There’s no getting past it. The image does Sanchez no favors, as he strikes an extremely awkward pose mid-pitch. (It happens to most pitchers with a mid-game action shot.) It does have a ‘1st Bowman’ logo in the top right corner, while you can see the concentration etched into his face.
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The addition of an on-card auto also helps to drive interest, but as a 19-year-old, it’s more of a scrawl than an actual signature. It’s still one of the more popular options at auction, while there are heaps of serial numbered Refractor parallels which are reasonably rare.
Parallels: Refractor (/499), Purple (/250), Blue (/150), Blue Mojo (/150), Green (/99), Gold (/50), Gold Shimmer (/50), Orange (/25), Orange Wave (/25), Red (/5), Black Limited Edition (1/1), SuperFractor (1/1)
2018 Sixto Sanchez Bowman Chrome RC #BTP30
As the name suggests, the Bowman Scouts’ Top 100 set names some of the best prospects in MLB. Sanchez comes in at number 30, with a better action shot of the player preparing to pitch, with one knee raised. You’ll find his spot on the Top 100 confirmed via a graphic on the bottom left corner.
The lack of a signature makes it reasonably affordable, even for the rarer Refractor parallels listed below. The Red version is probably the pick of the bunch, as the red and white lined design works well with his old Phillies jersey.
Parallels: Atomic (/150), Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5), SuperFractor (1/1)
2019 Sixto Sanchez Elite Extra Edition RC
The 2019 Elite Extra Edition set is another that focuses on the hottest MLB prospects. Sanchez’s Future Threads Signatures card was only included in parallels, so it isn’t numbered like the others.
As well as being a rare release, there’s a massive player patch that takes up a significant chunk of the landscape card, and a stickered auto found at the top. A tiny image of Sanchez is found in the top left corner, while he’s wearing his Marlins uniform after making the switch. The serial number is found on the bottom left corner.
The sticker autograph is a bit of a shame, but the card still sees a lot of attention at auction. Please note this one is likely to get the boot of the top 3 once Topps releases a Sixto RC.
Orange (/149), Gold (/99), Red (/25), Purple (/15), Emerald (/10), Blue (/5), Platinum (1/1)
Sixto Sanchez Rookie Cards: Investment Advice
The move to Miami was far from expected for the pitcher. He admitted that it drove him to tears, although he was ready to keep working hard with his new team.
“Honestly, I was really surprised. I would have never imagined that they would have traded me, I wasn’t prepared for it. But once I came to terms with it, I said ‘OK. I’m traded now and I’m going to work hard.”
Sanchez was added to the Marlins 40–man roster following the end of the 2019 season, but it’s likely that we’ll have to wait for at least another year to see him in action. Miami is currently leaning towards adding players who already have some major-league experience rather than relying on prospects like Sanchez or Jazz Chisholm. Sanchez is set to continue working out at the Marlins’ alternate training site in Florida, but it seems like we’ll have to wait until at least 2021 for his debut.
As such, his cards are relatively underpriced, especially considering that he’s seen as the Marlins’ number one prospect. At such a low price, his RCs do make for good investment options, as it’s not like there’s much chance of losing a significant amount of money if he gets injured, or fails to reach his potential.
The only way for his rarest RCs to go is up, although you will have to hold onto them for at least a year or two for the best chance at a decent ROI.