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Sanchez could be highest-drafted Dragon ever

Southlake Carroll Dragons hitter Hudson Sanchez (10) is congratulated by teammates after a homerun. He could become the Dragons player selected highest ever in the MLB draft.
Southlake Carroll Dragons hitter Hudson Sanchez (10) is congratulated by teammates after a homerun. He could become the Dragons player selected highest ever in the MLB draft. Special to the Star-Telegram

Former Carroll shortstop Hudson Sanchez may be living the best of both worlds when it comes to the next phase of his baseball career.

He could become the highest player taken in the upcoming first-year player Major League Baseball draft in program history. It starts Thursday with the first round. The second round is scheduled for Friday.

Sanchez could also build himself into one of the top college players in the game. The 6-3, 195-pound prospect has also signed with Texas A&M. He committed to the Aggies in the summer of 2014.

The pro-college tussle could be pretty interesting. If Hudson goes high enough in the draft, would he take the signing bonus and move on to the professional ranks or would he walk away from something that could be seven figures?

Sanchez likely will go higher than Keller catcher Shea Langeliers. Depending on the mock draft that you read, Sanchez should be selected in either the second or third round. There’s a chance he could go in the first round depending on if his side and professional club come to some kind of verbal agreement.

One round could make a huge impact on his decision. Sanchez is currently being advised by former pro Michael Hollimon.

Sanchez helped Carroll advance to the Class 6A Region I area round before the Dragons were ousted by Lewisville Hebron. He made a name for himself last summer in wood bat leagues that caused professional organizations to take a look at him and track his progress even more.

The book on Sanchez is well known in baseball circles. He is known for having an exceptionally quick bat. His hands are very quiet (a very strong compliment) because it shows he has quality bat control. He can make adjustments in the strike zone and take a ball to all fields.

It’s also a bat that can generate some power. He collected 11 extra base hits, including six home runs. He hit .374 as the Dragons went 21-8-1 and finished second in District 7-6A.

Sanchez’s future in the field likely isn’t at shortstop. Most projections – including a video analysis on MLB.com – have him moving to either third base or a corner outfield position.

There is a big difference in the signing bonus between the second and third rounds. In the second round of the 2015 MLB draft, the high mark was $2 million when the Rangers gave that amount to a high school outfielder in Eric Jenkins. The floor was the $650,000 the New York Yankees gave to Indiana State left-hander Eric Degano. Keep in mind there has been a change in this system where financial values are assigned to each draft pick. An exceptionally higher figure than the slotted amount must be approved by MLB.

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