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Aaron Sanchez

Born: 07/01/1992 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 200
Mechanics
Listed at 6'4" 200, which is probably close to accurate. Drafted at 170, Sanchez has put on weight so I don't expect him to put on too much more. He's not a stick figure by any means but his body type isn't up to the massive innings eater horse frame.

Electric arm action; super fast; back elbow gets high to a quick arm circle to 3/4 slot release; a little lower than traditional but not slinger; very good athlete; Medium high leg kick; good balance and momentum to the plate; stayed over pitches well and had good FB extension; front side stays closed a long time until explodes towards the plate; repeats mechanics with ease and has finish. Stays square and ready to field, doesn't fall off the mound. Has very good control of his limbs and body; mechanics can get out of wack often still.
Evaluator CJ Wittmann
Report Date 05/02/2014
Affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA, Blue Jays)
Dates Seen 4/3/14
OFP 65
Realistic 60; no. 2/3 starter
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 70 70 93-97 98 heavy arm-side sink; sat in lower velo band later in game; spotted inside, outside, up and down; ball explodes out of hand; bat breaking pitch; has tendency to fall and in love with it and use it to often; will be plus-plus if it can consistently sit in higher velo band.
CB 65 70 78-82 83 hard snap with great depth; 10-4 type break; hard bite and two-plane break; flashed plus-plus at times; command varied; below avg. present; did get soft and slurvy with it; has ability to throw for strike and chase pitch; loves throwing away to RHH, backdoor to LHH; lost good bite/got slurvy at lower velocity.
CH 55 55 88-90 91 late arm-side action and dive; comes from same arm action as FB; kept down and used as weapon in fastball counts; will break bats; can get firm and be hit as a 2-seam FB.
Overall

Command was plus early but varied as conditions worsened. He went right after hitters painting corners. I don't think he can maintain that with consistency but if this was a sign of the command taking a step forward then watch out. Ultimately, I think it will end up being solid avg.

I'll never forget what he did to Gary Sanchez his first plate appearance.
Went 97 with sink, glove side, outside corner black for strike 1. The same exact pitch for strike 2. Then wipe out CB that started in the middle of the plate, ended down and away and Gary Sanchez started his swing but had no prayer.

Sanchez is a top prospect in the Blue Jays system and rightfully so. His stuff is electric and when the command is plus he is deadly. He'll need to get more consistent with his mechanics and command but he is near ready for the majors leagues. Some more refinement is in the works for Sanchez and despite being in AA, there is some gap from now and his future.

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