Big news tonight out of Zebulon, N.C.
No, the local Hardee's didn't close. Carolina Mudcats first baseman Gaby Sanchez, a former University of Miami star, was named Southern League MVP. Sanchez, a fourth-round pick for the Marlins in 2005, was total smoke at the plate this season, hitting .320 with a whopping 41 doubles and 88 RBI. Sanchez leads the Southern League in on-base percentage, ranks third in hits, and is second in extra-base hits.
Look for Sanchez to figure prominently in the Marlins' plans next spring, and don't be surprised if they call him up in September after the Mudcats wrap up their playoff campaign.