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Aaron Sanchez

Born: 07/01/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 200
Mechanics
3/4 arm slot; upright delivery; not a lot of lower body used; lacks finish; loose thrower - ball explodes out of hand; easy, efficient delivery; fast arm; generates easy velocity; can overthrow out of the stretch; lands square towards home; short stride.
Evaluator Chris Mellen
Report Date 05/10/2014
Affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA, Blue Jays)
Dates Seen 5/8/2014
OFP 60
Realistic 4th starter
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 60 93-95 96 Below-average command; arm-side run, with sinking action; tough to square when thrown to lower tier of strike zone; ran back into middle of plate when elevated; came under pitch often; showed little feel for both command and control of offering; struggled to throw strikes; pitch more than capable of missing barrels when properly executed and located; concerned about consistency of pitch over the long-term.
Curveball 70 70 80-82 82 Solid-average command; varied break - will add or subtract based on situation; hard, deep bend; throws with a very loose wrist; excellent feel for pitch; can throw for strikes; offering will fool batters and induce chases at the highest level; occasionally will wrap wrist causing pitch to roll arm-side; best offering in arsenal.
Changeup 45 50 88-90 90 Fringe-average command; firm; flashed legit arm-side fade; can also turn over and produce bottoming out action; throws from same angle as fastball; didn't display a ton of confidence in pitch; did try to execute and work into a few sequences; needs to carve out a role with pitch in order to churn through quality lineups.
Overall

On a pure stuff basis, Sanchez has the type of arsenal that you look for in a front-line pitcher. The fastball explodes out of his hand, with excellent movement, and the velocity is generated incredibly easy. The pitch gets on hitters quickly to produce late swings. When Sanchez broke out his curveball in this outing, it showed teeth, bite, and depth. He knows how to snap the pitch off with tight rotation, along with how to vary shape and still keep a consistent release. While the changeup was used sparingly, it flashed some quality action a couple of times. This arsenal has the potential to be electric.

The big concern here is the fastball command and lack of control. It was downright ugly in this outing. Early on, Sanchez got through things with some timely executed fastballs despite not throwing many strikes. The second time through the lineup, however, he was not so lucky, and absolutely labored through the third inning, getting hit hard via his fastball in the process. The movement and 93-95 mph velocity were no match for failed execution, and the outing ended abruptly after that inning.

Based on this outing, there's a lot of work to go with reeling his fastball in. Right now, I don't see this gap being fully closed to where Sanchez achieves a career profile that matches the shine of his stuff. I feel the pitcher can improve with his command and control via repetition, but the inconsistency of this aspect of his game is something he's always likely going to have to battle. Sanchez's delivery leaves something to be desired when it comes to finishing and throwing downhill.

I see Sanchez as having a good chance at becoming big league starter, and when locked in, there can be some dominant stretches. But, my feel is that the pitcher will be inconsistent enough that it's an uneven body of work.

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