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Portrait of Jonathan Sanchez

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
75.3 4.69 1.42 75 3 7 0 0.0
Birth Date11-19-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age31 years, 11 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.32010
0.22011
-0.82012
-0.32013
0.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2006 SFN 23 27 4 40.0 18.3 21.7 3 1 0 0 1 0 185 39 26 22 2 57 23 23 4 33 4.95 4.13 4.86 1.9 0.1
2007 SFN 24 33 4 52.0 16.3 35.7 1 5 0 1 1 0 238 57 34 34 8 89 28 27 5 62 5.88 4.70 3.88 9.8 1.0
2008 SFN 25 29 29 158.0 158.0 0.0 9 12 0 0 13 0 695 154 90 88 14 241 75 74 7 157 5.01 3.83 4.35 16.9 1.6
2009 SFN 26 32 29 163.3 159.3 4.0 8 12 0 0 9 0 710 135 82 77 19 235 88 83 6 177 4.24 4.13 4.70 9.6 0.9
2010 SFN 27 34 33 193.3 193.0 0.3 13 9 0 0 14 1 812 142 74 66 21 239 96 92 9 205 3.07 4.03 4.09 13.8 1.3
2011 SFN 28 19 19 101.3 101.3 0.0 4 7 0 0 7 0 444 80 54 48 9 130 66 64 6 102 4.26 4.27 4.64 1.7 0.2
2012 COL 29 3 3 11.3 11.3 0.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 57 17 13 12 3 35 9 8 0 9 9.53 7.37 7.98 -1.6 -0.2
2012 KCA 29 12 12 53.3 53.3 0.0 1 6 0 0 1 0 270 65 47 46 8 110 44 43 5 36 7.76 6.40 6.67 -4.9 -0.6
2013 PIT 30 5 4 13.7 11.3 2.3 0 3 0 0 0 0 75 25 18 18 7 55 8 8 2 15 11.85 9.68 7.29 -2.3 -0.3
Career194137786.3722.364.03958014613486714438411911191437422447964.704.404.6744.94.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 SLO A- 6 6 22.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 AUG A 25 25 125.7 3.86 100 .273 .260 .332 .392 .262 .369 75 22.6 2.2 22.6 2.2
2006 SFN MLB 27 4 40.0 4.86 91 .270 .269 .338 .439 .267 .301 92 2.3 0.2 1.9 0.1
2006 NRW AA 13 3 31.2 2.00 131 .169 .257 .337 .374 .264 .429 55 9.9 1.0 9.9 1.0
2006 FRE AAA 6 6 23.1 3.71 120 .202 .275 .350 .427 .275 .226 101 6.1 0.6 7.0 0.7
2007 SFN MLB 33 4 52.0 3.88 113 .292 .265 .333 .418 .260 .363 93 8.8 0.9 9.8 1.0
2007 SJO A+ 2 2 3.0 2.30 134 -.027 .291 .356 .428 .289 .000 70 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2007 FRE AAA 6 3 20.7 2.12 154 .183 .279 .345 .428 .260 .306 95 8.4 0.8 8.6 0.8
2008 SFN MLB 29 29 158.0 4.35 104 .263 .258 .324 .412 .258 .317 97 19.5 2.0 16.9 1.6
2009 SFN MLB 32 29 163.3 4.70 87 .258 .257 .326 .405 .261 .276 92 8.1 0.8 9.6 0.9
2010 SFN MLB 34 33 193.3 4.09 95 .250 .251 .315 .392 .262 .252 89 13.5 1.4 13.8 1.3
2011 SFN MLB 19 19 101.3 4.64 79 .275 .241 .303 .379 .252 .272 92 -0.3 -0.0 1.7 0.2
2011 SJO A+ 1 1 2.7 8.26 21 .419 .294 .360 .453 .290 .500 91 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2011 FRE AAA 2 2 11.0 4.09 123 .235 .283 .346 .454 .253 .360 101 2.8 0.3 3.1 0.3
2012 COL MLB 3 3 11.3 7.98 54 .361 .259 .314 .402 .261 .389 127 -1.3 -0.1 -1.6 -0.2
2012 KCA MLB 12 12 53.3 6.67 53 .330 .261 .322 .417 .263 .322 102 -4.5 -0.5 -4.9 -0.6
2012 OMA AAA 3 3 13.3 9.72 9 .301 .269 .331 .409 .260 .257 103 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2013 PIT MLB 5 4 13.7 7.29 19 .450 .256 .313 .386 .253 .419 100 -2.4 -0.3 -2.3 -0.3
2013 ABQ AAA 14 14 66.7 6.09 84 .293 .263 .328 .397 .265 .351 110 4.0 0.4 5.5 0.5
2014 IOW AAA 1 0 0.7 73.84 -1308 .579 .248 .359 .374 .283 .000 95 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 SLO A- 2 1 0 6 6 22.3 16 19 34 3 0% .289 6.5 7.7 1.2 13.7 1.57 4.84 0.0 0.0
2005 AUG A 5 7 0 25 25 125.7 122 39 166 8 50% .369 8.7 2.8 0.6 11.9 1.28 4.08 22.6 2.2
2006 FRE AAA 2 2 0 6 6 23.1 13 13 28 1 39% .226 5.1 5.1 0.4 10.9 1.13 3.90 7.0 0.7
2006 NRW AA 2 1 2 13 3 31.2 14 9 46 0 64% .429 4.0 2.6 0.0 13.3 0.74 1.15 9.9 1.0
2006 SFN MLB 3 1 0 27 4 40.0 39 23 33 2 36% .301 8.8 5.2 0.5 7.4 1.55 4.95 1.9 0.1
2007 SFN MLB 1 5 0 33 4 52.0 57 28 62 8 43% .363 9.9 4.8 1.4 10.7 1.63 5.88 9.8 1.0
2007 FRE AAA 0 0 0 6 3 20.7 15 8 27 0 37% .306 6.5 3.5 0.0 11.7 1.11 2.17 8.6 0.8
2007 SJO A+ 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 0 1 5 0 67% .000 0.0 3.0 0.0 15.0 0.33 0.00 1.2 0.1
2008 SFN MLB 9 12 0 29 29 158.0 154 75 157 14 43% .317 8.8 4.3 0.8 8.9 1.45 5.01 16.9 1.6
2009 SFN MLB 8 12 0 32 29 163.3 135 88 177 19 42% .276 7.4 4.8 1.0 9.8 1.37 4.24 9.6 0.9
2010 SFN MLB 13 9 0 34 33 193.3 142 96 205 21 42% .252 6.6 4.5 1.0 9.5 1.23 3.07 13.8 1.3
2011 SFN MLB 4 7 0 19 19 101.3 80 66 102 9 45% .272 7.1 5.9 0.8 9.1 1.44 4.26 1.7 0.2
2011 FRE AAA 1 0 0 2 2 11.0 10 5 13 1 35% .360 8.2 4.1 0.8 10.6 1.36 3.27 3.1 0.3
2011 SJO A+ 0 0 0 1 1 2.7 6 2 3 1 55% .500 20.2 6.8 3.4 10.1 3.00 20.25 -0.6 -0.1
2012 KCA MLB 1 6 0 12 12 53.3 65 44 36 8 42% .322 11.0 7.4 1.4 6.1 2.04 7.76 -4.9 -0.6
2012 COL MLB 0 3 0 3 3 11.3 17 9 9 3 33% .389 13.5 7.1 2.4 7.1 2.29 9.53 -1.6 -0.2
2012 OMA AAA 1 1 0 3 3 13.3 14 7 13 5 30% .257 9.4 4.7 3.4 8.8 1.57 6.75 -2.8 -0.3
2013 ABQ AAA 7 3 0 14 14 66.7 72 42 79 12 37% .351 9.7 5.7 1.6 10.7 1.71 5.13 5.5 0.5
2013 PIT MLB 0 3 0 5 4 13.7 25 8 15 7 42% .419 16.5 5.3 4.6 9.9 2.41 11.85 -2.3 -0.3
2014 IOW AAA 0 0 0 1 0 0.7 1 3 1 1 0% .000 13.5 40.5 13.5 13.5 6.00 67.50 -3.2 -0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2746 0.5200 0.4568 0.7592 0.6246 0.2747 0.8296 0.5856 0.2408
2009 2820 0.5117 0.4257 0.7458 0.5814 0.2622 0.8236 0.5651 0.2517
2010 3225 0.5005 0.4280 0.7674 0.5787 0.2768 0.8651 0.5628 0.2312
2011 1743 0.4727 0.4114 0.7559 0.5546 0.2829 0.8709 0.5538 0.2413
2012 1334 0.4813 0.4010 0.8187 0.6028 0.2139 0.8966 0.6149 0.1813
2013 320 0.5000 0.3844 0.8049 0.5500 0.2188 0.8523 0.6857 0.1951
Career121880.50140.42750.76550.58810.26540.85140.57610.2331

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-05 - Minors - - Left Shoulder Tendonitis - -
2013-06-17 2013-06-24 Minors 7 0 Left Forearm Strain - -
2012-08-04 2012-10-04 60-DL 61 58 Left Upper Arm Inflammation Biceps - -
2012-05-07 2012-06-13 15-DL 37 32 Left Upper Arm Inflammation Biceps - -
2012-05-02 2012-05-02 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-08-17 2011-09-29 15-DL 43 39 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2011-06-25 2011-08-01 15-DL 37 32 Left Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2011-04-23 2011-04-23 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness Flu -
2009-03-24 2009-04-02 Camp 9 0 Left Fingers Dermatological Issue Index Finger -
2008-08-12 2008-09-01 15-DL 20 19 Left Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2007-09-19 2007-10-01 DTD 12 11 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2007-08-20 2007-09-05 Minors 16 0 Right Elbow Strain - -
2007-06-25 2007-07-19 15-DL 24 18 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2005-06-05 2005-08-30 Minors 86 51 - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $
2013 PIT $1,375,000
2012 KCA $5,600,000
2011 SFN $4,800,000
2010 SFN $2,100,000
2009 SFN $455,000
2008 SFN $395,000
2007 SFN $381,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$15,106,000
7 yrTotal$15,106,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 110 dJim McNamara1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/19/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.375M (2013). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 2/5/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.375M in majors. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 3/27/13. DFA by Pittsburgh 4/30/13. Released by Pittsburgh 5/8/13.
  • 1 year/$5.6M (2012). Signed by Kansas City 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). May earn additional $0.2M in performance bonuses. Acquired by Colorado in trade 7/20/12 after being DFA by Kansas City 7/17/12. Hired Jim McNamara as agent 10/12 (previously represented by Scott Boras).
  • 1 year/$4.8M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Kansas City 11/7/11.
  • 1 year/$2.1M (2010). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/19/10 Performance bonus.
  • 1 year/$0.455M (2009). Re-signed 2/28/09.
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2008)
  • 1 year/$0.381M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased 5/06.
  • Drafted 2004 (27-820).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 5.6 5.7 0 18 18 93.5 69 41 93 11 .263 1.18 3.45 3.76 14.2 1.5
80o 5 5.7 0 17 17 87.1 68 41 86 11 .276 1.26 3.87 4.2 8.6 0.9
70o 4.6 5.6 0 16 16 82.6 68 41 82 11 .286 1.32 4.17 4.53 5.0 0.5
60o 4.2 5.6 0 15 15 78.8 67 40 78 11 .294 1.37 4.43 4.82 2.1 0.2
50o 3.9 5.6 0 15 15 75.4 67 40 75 11 .302 1.42 4.68 5.09 -0.2 -0.0
40o 3.6 5.5 0 14 14 72.0 66 40 71 11 .310 1.47 4.94 5.37 -2.3 -0.2
30o 3.3 5.4 0 13 13 68.4 65 39 68 10 .318 1.53 5.21 5.66 -4.3 -0.4
20o 3 5.3 0 13 13 64.3 64 38 64 10 .328 1.59 5.54 6.02 -6.4 -0.6
10o 2.5 5.2 0 12 12 58.8 62 37 58 10 .342 1.69 6.00 6.52 -8.6 -0.9
Weighted Mean3.95.50151574.966397410.3001.414.655.060.10.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
19% 41% 21% 26% 77%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153291103030187166971802742.2951.404.715.128.04.78.61.3-0.4
20163381002727165152841472342.3011.434.835.258.34.68.01.3-0.6
2017347902424141130721262142.2981.444.885.318.34.68.11.3-0.6
201835570171710310053871842.3011.495.385.858.84.67.61.6-1.0
2019365601616979250861542.3031.475.085.528.64.78.01.4-0.6
2020374501313787340691142.3041.454.945.378.54.68.01.3-0.4
2021383401212706836601042.3051.485.055.498.74.67.71.3-0.4
202239340111162603254942.3091.485.045.488.74.67.81.3-0.4
2023403401212686735561042.3081.505.185.638.94.67.41.3-0.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
25.92027.210.50.63.484.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 85 Hideo Nomo 2000 4.83
2 84 Luis Tiant 1972 2.26
3 83 Brandon Duckworth 2007 5.79
4 82 Floyd Bannister 1986 4.41
5 81 Dick Littlefield 1957 6.09
6 80 Claudio Vargas 2009 1.74
7 80 Bob Johnson 1974 5.25
8 80 Ted Gray 1956 0.00 DNP
9 80 Bruce Hurst 1989 3.09
10 80 Connie Johnson 1954 0.00 DNP
11 80 Scott Sanders 2000 0.00 DNP
12 80 Hideki Irabu 2000 7.41
13 79 Robert Person 2001 4.45
14 79 Darrell May 2003 4.20
15 79 Ron Darling 1992 4.27
16 79 Pedro Astacio 2000 5.46
17 79 Wayne Twitchell 1979 6.40
18 79 John Montefusco 1981 3.72
19 79 Lou Kretlow 1952 3.42
20 79 Jose Guzman 1994 9.15
21 78 Howie Pollet 1952 4.37
22 78 Chuck Cary 1991 5.91
23 78 Brandon Backe 2009 10.38
24 78 Bill Stoneman 1975 0.00 DNP
25 78 Larry McWilliams 1985 4.99
26 78 Pete Schourek 2000 5.45
27 77 Stan Spencer 2001 0.00 DNP
28 77 Orlando Pena 1965 4.66
29 77 Jose Deleon 1992 4.83
30 77 Oliver Perez 2013 3.91
31 77 Marty Pattin 1974 4.30
32 77 Mark Langston 1992 4.05
33 77 Diego Segui 1969 3.92
34 77 Steve Stone 1979 4.35
35 77 Denny Lemaster 1970 4.89
36 77 Barry Latman 1967 4.90
37 77 Rolando Arrojo 2000 6.15
38 77 Ken Johnson 1964 4.13
39 77 Tim Leary 1990 4.54
40 76 Joe Coleman 1978 4.15
41 76 Rich Delucia 1996 6.42
42 76 Johnny Podres 1964 16.88
43 76 Adam Eaton 2009 8.08
44 76 Steve Carlton 1976 3.35
45 76 Pete Burnside 1962 4.93 DNP
46 76 Sterling Hitchcock 2002 6.64
47 76 Bruce Chen 2008 0.00 DNP
48 76 Ben Wade 1954 8.39
49 76 Luis Arroyo 1958 0.00 DNP
50 76 Ken Howell 1992 0.00 DNP
51 76 Jay Witasick 2004 4.09
52 76 Joe Hesketh 1990 5.28
53 75 Rick Helling 2002 4.82
54 75 Dave Giusti 1971 3.24
55 75 Mark Leiter 1994 5.29
56 75 Randy Wolf 2008 4.73
57 75 Fred Norman 1974 3.28
58 75 Steve Trachsel 2002 4.15
59 75 Mark Gardner 1993 6.38
60 75 Pete Richert 1971 3.72
61 75 Wes Gardner 1992 0.00 DNP
62 75 Lynn McGlothen 1981 5.07
63 75 Pedro Ramos 1966 4.32
64 75 Buzz Capra 1979 0.00 DNP
65 75 Ray Sadecki 1972 3.81
66 75 Mike Williams 2000 4.25
67 75 Chan Ho Park 2004 5.83
68 75 Dave Mlicki 1999 5.07
69 75 Jason Bere 2002 6.62
70 75 Dick Stigman 1967 0.00 DNP
71 75 Dennis Rasmussen 1990 5.28
72 75 Jim Deshaies 1991 5.03
73 74 Milt Wilcox 1981 3.30
74 74 Moe Drabowsky 1967 2.08
75 74 Sheldon Jones 1953 5.49
76 74 Harvey Haddix 1957 4.43
77 74 Justin Miller 2009 3.18
78 74 Bob Bruce 1964 3.11
79 74 Bob Kuzava 1954 5.83
80 74 Chris Short 1969 7.20
81 74 Tom Sturdivant 1961 3.86
82 74 Harry Byrd 1956 12.46
83 73 Kevin Gross 1992 3.61
84 73 Ken Kravec 1983 0.00 DNP
85 73 Oil Can Boyd 1991 4.74
86 73 Gary Glover 2008 5.47
87 73 Bud Daley 1964 4.89
88 73 Bryan Hickerson 1995 9.50
89 73 Alfredo Simon 2012 3.25
90 73 Steve Renko 1976 4.44
91 73 Allen Ripley 1984 0.00 DNP
92 73 Odell Jones 1984 4.25
93 73 Mike Krukow 1983 4.64
94 73 Jae Weong Seo 2008 0.00 DNP
95 73 Todd Van Poppel 2003 5.96
96 73 Joe Price 1988 4.82
97 73 Mike Witt 1992 0.00 DNP
98 73 Frank Castillo 2000 3.72
99 73 Craig Swan 1982 3.79
100 73 Russ Springer 2000 5.23

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .242 .346 .431 .279
11 vs R (Multi) .283 .393 .515 .318
18 Split (Multi) -.041 -.048 -.083 -.039
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .375 .412 .812 .423
31 vs R (2013) .404 .500 .894 .459
38 Split (2013) -.029 -.088 -.081 -.037
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Like Oliver Perez and Dontrelle Willis before him, Sanchez is left-handed and used to be good. Colorado acquired Sanchez in July but shut him down after three starts due to left biceps inflammation that previously had cost him five weeks in May and June. Sanchez doesn't throw as hard as he once did, and his walk rate keeps rising while his whiff rate keeps falling. Last year he added allowing hits and homers to his increasingly volatile bag of tricks. Sanchez hasn't been effective against right-handed hitters since 2010, so maybe he can reinvent himself as a reliever à la Perez. The other option is to keep riding the D-Train into oblivion.
2012 It's never been easy to know what to do with Sanchez—he's always on the cusp of excellence, on the brink of collapse, less expensive than market-rate, and due for a raise. That was still true after 2011, arguably his worst season. His lifelong experimentation with bases on balls turned into walkaholism in 2011. His teammate Sergio Romo walked five batters all season; Sanchez walked six or more batters in four starts. Shoot, Sanchez walked four pitchers. It's possible that the Giants' World Series run caught up to him. Including the 2010 postseason, he threw 50 more innings than he had ever thrown. Consequently or coincidentally, he lost a mile off his fastball. He also struggled with his stamina, according to his manager, working just 5 1/3 innings per start and failing to complete the fifth inning in any of his final five outings. The Giants traded him to Kansas City early in the winter, so instead of having to earn a rotation spot in spring, he'll be his staff's ace.
2011 The Giants had the second-best Park Adjusted Defensive Efficiency in the majors behind that of their World Series opponents, and Sanchez was the biggest beneficiary. As was not the case with Romo, the only difference between Sanchez’s 2009 and 2010 seasons was the performance of his defense, which helped him lead the majors with just 6.6 hits allowed per nine innings, in turn shaving more than a run off his 2009 ERA. As a result, the only progress Sanchez really made in 2010—actually, the only progress he’s made in three years as a full-time starter—was adding 30 innings to his previous career high. He's due to regress, but all the external factors—league, park, and defense—and one big internal one, strikeouts, are in his favor, so the readjustment might be mild.
2010 The frustration with Sanchez is sort of like the Bay Area's answer to the Oliver Perez problem. Is the real problem one of expectations, or inconsistency? Broadly speaking, he appeared to make little or no real progress from his 2008 season, struggling with his command. He can get well and truly hammered when he falls behind, and struggles in his second and third passes through a lineup, an ugly combination for a starting pitcher that encourages Bochy to make quick hooks. However, Sanchez's redemptive no-hitter in July against the Padres fended off a challenge to his job security, and his next 10 starts gave a taste of the Perez-like possibilities: six quality starts, 75 strikeouts against 27 unintentional walks in 59 2/3 IP. Had he turned the corner? In his last five turns, he failed to get out of the sixth inning, and allowed 36 baserunners and six homers in 25 IP. If that's a corner turned, it's because he's just going around the same block, over and over.
2009 After two years of jerking Sanchez between starting and relieving and the majors and the minors, the Giants finally just stuck Sanchez in the rotation and let him pitch. Sanchez revealed himself to be a promising young lefty starter with a strong strikeout rate, though one prone to inconsistency and wildness. After blowing by his 2007 innings total (majors and minors combined) by 60 frames, Sanchez landed on the DL with a shoulder strain. He only missed the minimum, but when he hit the DL his ERA was 4.53, and in his five starts after returning it was 7.83. Altogether, Sanchez’s innings more than doubled from 2007 to 2008 and surpassed his career high from three years prior by 32 1/3. For a pitcher already struggling with control, that’s worrisome.
2008 At the start of 2006, Sanchez was a 23-year-old coming off an impressive season in the Sally League, prone to fighting his command and mechanics but otherwise very talented. That season the Giants jerked him around between Double-A and the majors and between starting and relieving, resulting in a season broken into four stints with three teams in two roles with no more than eight weeks spent in any one place. Last year was more of the same, minus Double-A, but plus a recurring oblique injury. If there is a plan to all of this, it's well concealed. The Giants still don't know what they want him to be, and while making up their minds they've wasted two years of Sanchez's career. No one mishandling a million-dollar asset this badly should be allowed to keep their job.
2007 Sanchez lasted until the 27th round in the 2004 draft. The Giants thought he had bad mechanics that could be fixed, and they`ve turned out to be right. He swung between the pen and rotation last year as the team wrestled with short-term (he could come up and help in relief right now) versus long-term (he`d be more valuable as a starter). His performance--2.91 ERA in relief, 7.36 as a starter--gives the short-term hawks a lead, but the long-term doves will see that he gets more chances. His fastball and changeup are good, but he`s had trouble with overthrowing his curve. Top PECOTA comp Ron Moeller was a 1956 Baltimore Bonus Baby whose career never happened; Frank Bertaina had one good season in a six-year career; Conroy had potential but never mastered his control. That leaves veteran lefty swinger Mercker as the high upside.

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Jonathan Sanchez has thrown 13,343 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Splitter (85mph), Curve (81mph) and Sinker (92mph).