Anibal Sanchez
35-Year-Old PitcherSP
Washington Nationals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Sanchez's surprising 2018 revival halted a four-season slide. He enjoyed the biggest ERA improvement from 2017 among starting pitchers. The veteran posted his lowest HR/9 (0.99) since 2014 thanks to a spike in groundball rate (45.0%), and allowed the lowest average exit velocity among pitchers with 300-plus batted-ball events (83.7 mph). Sanchez also enjoyed his best swinging-strike rate since 2013 (10.5%) and replicated his 2017 K/9 by leaning on his cutter and a better changeup. The change averaged 81.3 mph, increasing the impact of his tepid 91-mph fastball. The 35-year-old inked a two-year, $19 million deal with the Nationals -- an ideal landing spot, as it keeps him in the National League and on a competitive team. Sanchez made many tangible changes, but considering the extreme, exaggerated turnaround, it's understandable to be skeptical. He is best rostered as a pitcher fantasy managers don't have to rely on for every turn. Read Past Outlooks
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