Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sanchez
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Houston Astros
10-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 7/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries took their toll on Sanchez for the second season in a row, and he was limited to just 20 starts in 2018. He was unable to find consistent success when on the mound, finishing with a gaudy WHIP for the second season in a row. Sanchez was one of the more effective pitchers in the league in 2016, so there will inevitably still be believers in 2019 drafts and auctions. However, for as good as Sanchez can look when healthy and on his game, the strikeouts have never really been there. Even in that breakout 2016 season in which he posted a 3.00 ERA, he had just a 20.4% strikeout rate. His control has been a mess the past two seasons and the division is filled with tough opponents and hitter-friendly ballparks. In short, Sanchez should be viewed primarily as a late-round dart. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Astros in July of 2019.
Could miss all of 2020
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
September 27, 2019
Sanchez (shoulder) may not be ready to pitch in 2020, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander joined the Astros for their final regular-season series in Anaheim and talked with reporters for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. Sanchez said his surgery was nearly identical to what Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias underwent in 2017. Urias went under the knife June 27, 2017 and returned to major-league action Sept. 15, 2018. An estimated time frame for this injury sits between 12 and 14 months. Despite that, Sanchez remains confident. "It's going to be a while," Sanchez said. "I could come back mid-next year is kind of what (the doctor) said .... I'll definitely miss the first part of next year, but I will pitch next year." Sanchez was acquired from the Blue Jays this season and made four appearances for the Astros. At the time of his acquisition, he was penciled in as possible bullpen help for the postseason and rotation candidate for 2020. Sanchez enters the offseason as arbitration eligible, so whether he returns to Houston is unclear. The Astros can decide not to tender his contract, a strong possibility given he will not be ready for Opening Day.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
85
Last 10 Games
86
Last 5 Games
82
How many pitches does Aaron Sanchez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Aaron Sanchez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .275 619 121 82 145 31 4 20
Since 2017vs Right .272 627 104 64 148 25 1 17
2019vs Left .279 310 68 32 76 14 2 13
2019vs Right .277 295 47 36 69 15 0 7
2018vs Left .288 241 36 39 57 14 2 6
2018vs Right .237 233 50 19 49 6 1 5
2017vs Left .211 68 17 11 12 3 0 1
2017vs Right .337 99 7 9 30 4 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-60%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.16 1.58 132.2 4 10 0 8.7 4.7 1.3
Since 2017Away 5.41 1.64 139.2 6 13 0 6.3 4.9 1.2
2019Home 5.07 1.46 65.2 3 6 0 9.0 4.4 1.1
2019Away 6.72 1.78 65.2 2 8 0 6.7 4.9 1.6
2018Home 4.83 1.61 54.0 1 2 0 9.0 5.0 1.0
2018Away 4.94 1.51 51.0 3 4 0 5.6 4.9 0.9
2017Home 6.92 2.08 13.0 0 2 0 5.5 5.5 3.5
2017Away 2.74 1.52 23.0 1 1 0 6.3 4.7 0.4
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Stat Review
How does Aaron Sanchez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.69
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
4.7
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.6 mph
 
ERA
5.89
 
WHIP
1.62
 
BABIP
.329
 
GB/FB
1.85
 
Left On Base
65.4%
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.6%
 
Spin Rate
2237 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
41.7%
 
Swinging Strike
9.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It was a disappointing 2017 season for Sanchez, as the right-hander was only able to make eight starts due to a recurring blister issue. His last appearance came in mid-July, and throughout the course of the year he posted a 4.25 ERA and 1.72 WHIP; Sanchez was unable to get into any sort of groove. This came on the heels of a breakout 2016 campaign in which Sanchez recorded a 3.00 ERA over 192 innings with the peripherals to mostly back it up (7.6 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 0.70 HR/9). He wasn't able to make another leap into the upper echelon of hurlers this past season, but there's legitimate hope that he will regain his form following a full offseason of rest, although it's no lock that the blister epidemic will just fade away. Health provided, the 25-year-old should slide into the front-end of Toronto's rotation, just behind Marcus Stroman.
Few saw Sanchez's 2016 campaign coming. In his first big league season as a starter, the 23-year-old posted Cy Young-caliber numbers, leading the AL in ERA and win percentage (.882) while managing the league's ninth-best WHIP (1.17) and win total (15). The right-hander's refined curveball proved a perfect complement to his elite fastball that routinely sat in the mid-90s. Sanchez's biggest battle was his own organization. From the start, Jays upper management declared they would limit his innings and even planned to move him to the bullpen by midseason. However, his unexpected dominance changed things, and he wound up logging 192 regular-season innings with an average of 97.3 pitches per start while notching 23 quality starts (tied for third in the AL) over 30 starts. Including the playoffs, the righty tossed 203.2 frames. He seems ripe to regress, especially considering he only struck out 7.55 per nine innings while walking 2.95. Those peripherals don't jive with such a low ERA and he looks even riskier coming off almost a 100-inning jump.
After shining out of the Toronto bullpen as a rookie in 2014, Sanchez won a spot in the starting rotation to begin the 2015 season. He struggled in April, but was really turning it around in May and June before a shoulder strain forced him onto the DL. Upon his return in late July, Sanchez was assigned to the bullpen where he developed into the team's setup man down the stretch. His overall numbers do not jump off the page, but Sanchez had a 2.39 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and .467 OPS allowed in his 30 relief appearances. Sanchez is known for an electric mix of pitches that allows him to strike batters out at a high clip, and he has shown an ability to control his pitches better in shorter spurts. Still, the team has not said officially whether Sanchez will be in the bullpen or the starting rotation in 2016. If his proven success in relief keeps him in the bullpen, he should continue working as a primary setup man.
Sanchez finally debuted his electric stuff with the Blue Jays in 2014, excelling in a late-inning role out of the bullpen. The 6-foot-4 righty started the season at Double-A New Hampshire, where the refrain about his poor control continued, as he walked 14 percent of the batters he faced in 66 innings. Sanchez was then promoted to Triple-A Buffalo for a five-week stretch and then made the jump to the majors in late July, where he worked exclusively as a reliever. The 22-year-old was fantastic out of the bullpen, posting a 1.09 ERA and 0.70 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 33 innings. He also notched three saves, splitting time with Casey Janssen in the closer role down the stretch. Sanchez’s dominance as a big-league reliever, and his struggles as a starter in the upper levels of the minors combine to lend credence to the idea that he profiles best as a dominant closer long term. To begin 2015, he'll likely get a look in the rotation following the loss of Marcus Stroman to a torn ACL in March, with the fallback option of moving back into the bullpen if he's unable to harness his control in the expanded role.
Sanchez spent nearly all of 2013 at High-A Dunedin, finishing with a 3.34 ERA, 7.8 K/9, and 4.2 BB/9 over 83.1 innings, as a shoulder injury cost him part of the season. The walk rate, while still not very good, reflects improved control compared to 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, Sanchez couldn't carry over his strikeout totals to the next level, after posting a 9.7 K/9 for Low-A Lansing in 2012. Poised to open 2014 at Double-A New Hampshire, Sanchez is considered a potential frontline starter for the Jays down the line, but it would be encouraging to see him miss bats at an elevated clip again in the Eastern League this season.
Sanchez spent most of the 2012 season working as a starter at Low-A Lansing, where lapses with control (5.1 BB/9) offset an impressive ability to miss bats (9.7 K/9) and record a large number of outs on the ground (2.22 G/F). If his secondary pitches don't develop as expected, Sanchez possesses a big enough fastball to succeed with a transition toward a late-inning relief role. Still just 20 years old, the Jays can afford to give Sanchez plenty of time to hone his command in the lower levels of the minors, and it's possible that he will return to the Midwest League to start 2013 before getting his first exposure to High-A.
The tall, lanky (6'4", 190) righty flashes plus-velocity with an easy delivery and many scouts believe he has a very high upside. He needs to wok on his control but the 18-year old held his own in 2011, striking out 56 batters in 54.1 innings between Rookie and Low-A.
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Will not be ready for Opening Day
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
September 18, 2019
Sanchez will not be ready for the start of the 2020 season after undergoing shoulder surgery last week, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Done for season
PHouston Astros
Pectoral
September 5, 2019
Sanchez (shoulder) will require surgery and will not return this season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Won't return during road trip
PHouston Astros
Pectoral
August 29, 2019
Sanchez (pectoral) will not accompany the Astros on their upcoming five-game road trip, which begins Thursday in Toronto and ends Tuesday in Milwaukee, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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May return as reliever
PHouston Astros
Pectoral
August 24, 2019
Sanchez (pectoral) has not yet resumed throwing and will not return until September, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Headed for MRI
PHouston Astros
Pectoral
August 21, 2019
Sanchez (pectoral), who was placed on the 10-day injured list following his start in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Tigers, will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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