Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/10/14
JERRY SANDS CORNER OUTFIELDER Born: September 28, 1987 Height: 6’4″ Weight: 225 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 25th Round, 757th Overall, 2008 (Dodgers) How Acquired: Trade (from Red Sox) College: Catawba College Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Sands set records for HRs, walks and slugging in Division 2, but still lasted until the 25th round in the draft.  He has power to all fields and has shown solid patience, but has also had high K rates.  He’s played a little in center, but doesn’t have good range and has mainly stayed in the corners.  Otherwise, he’s a capable outfielder with an arm that’s probably just good enough for right.  He’s played a lot at first as well.  The Pirates acquired him, along with Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel and Ivan De Jesus for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt. 2008 R:  205/346/438, 146 AB, 4 2B, 10 HR, 29 BB, 43 K, 5-5 SB Sands played right in the GCL and hit for a low average with a lot of whiffs, but with good power and a lot of walks. 2009 R+:  350/427/687, 163 AB, 9 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 22 BB, 28 K, 0-1 SB A:  260/361/510, 104 AB, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 15 BB, 32 K, 1-1 SB Sands split his time between right and center in advanced rookie ball, and dominated at the plate.  The Dodgers moved him up to low A for a little over a month and he played mostly first.  He still hit for power, but also struck out a lot. 2010 A:  333/432/646, 243 AB, 16 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 40 BB, 61 K, 14-16 SB AA:  270/360/529, 259 AB, 12 2B, 2 3B, 17 HR, 33 BB, 62 K, 4-4 SB The Dodgers sent Sands back to low A and he dominated there.  This time they jumped him up two levels at mid-season and he continued to hit for very good power, although for a lower average.  He continued to have somewhat high K rates at both locations.  Neither of his home ballparks were hitter’s parks.  In the field, he split his time between first and the outfield corners.  Baseball America rated him the Dodgers’ 6th best prospect after the season. 2011 AAA:  278/344/586, 370 AB, 21 2B, 3 3B, 29 HR, 38 BB, 86 K, 3-4 SB MLB:  253/338/389, 198 AB, 15 2B, 4 HR, 25 BB, 51 K, 3-6 SB Sands opened in AAA, but the Dodgers called him up in mid-April.  He stayed in the majors until early June, then came back up in September.  He held his own in the majors and hit for decent power.  He hit for excellent power in AAA, although it has to be discounted as he was playing at Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League.  He played mainly in the outfield corners in the majors and split his time between there and first in AAA. 2012 AAA:  296/375/524, 452 AB, 17 2B, 4 3B, 26 HR, 59 BB, 106 K, 1-1 SB MLB:  208/261/261, 24 AB, 2 2B, 1 BB, 9 K Sands spent most of the season in AAA and hit for a little less power, but improved his walk and K rates.  They called him up briefly in May and for one game in August.  After the season, he was designated as a PTBNL in the huge trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox.  He played both first and the outfield corners. It’ll be interesting to see how the Pirates end up using Sands.  He’ll probably be competing with Starling Marte, Travis Snider, Jose Tabata and Alex Presley at the corner outfield spots and with Gaby Sanchez for the right-handed half of the firstbase platoon.  He has more power potential than any of these players and arguably more offensive potential than any but Marte.  He also has an option remaining, though, while Snider and Tabata do not. STATS Baseball Reference–Majors Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MLB.com MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Major league minimum PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $5,000 MiLB Debut: 2008 MLB Debut: 4/18/2011 MiLB FA Eligible: N/A MLB FA Eligible: 2019 Rule 5 Eligible: N/A Added to 40-Man: April 18, 2011 Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2011, 2012) MLB Service Time: 0.094 TRANSACTIONS June 5, 2008: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round, 757th overall pick; signed on June 10. April 18, 2011: Contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. October 4, 2012: Designated, along with Rubby De La Rosa, as players to be named later in trade from Los Angeles Dodgers to Boston Red Sox that was originally made on August 25, sending Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, James Loney and two PTBNLs to Boston for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and cash. December 26, 2012: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel and Ivan De Jesus for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt.
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