Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sanchez
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Toronto Blue Jays
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $535,000 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2017.
Ineffective in penultimate start
PToronto Blue Jays
September 18, 2018
Sanchez gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out one in four innings Tuesday in Baltimore. He did not factor in the decision.
He just wasn't very sharp in this one, but got bailed out by his offense, as he left with the Blue Jays down 4-0 and they came back to win 6-4. Assuming Toronto continues with a six-man rotation, Sanchez lines up for just one more start this season -- next Monday at home against the Astros.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .239 708 139 91 146 29 4 17
Since 2016vs Right .247 710 131 47 161 29 1 14
2018vs Left .289 228 35 36 55 14 2 5
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
2016vs Left .217 412 87 44 79 12 2 11
2016vs Right .231 378 74 19 82 19 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
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Since 2016Home 4.43 1.48 146.1 7 5 0 7.9 4.2 1.2
Since 2016Away 3.18 1.25 186.2 13 6 0 6.8 3.5 0.6
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
2016Home 3.74 1.29 79.1 6 1 0 7.6 3.4 0.9
2016Away 2.48 1.08 112.2 9 1 0 7.5 2.6 0.6
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Tough-luck loser against Red Sox
PToronto Blue Jays
September 12, 2018
Sanchez (4-6) took the loss Wednesday as the Blue Jays were downed 1-0 by the Red Sox, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over seven innings while striking out six.
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Strikes out eight in win
PToronto Blue Jays
September 5, 2018
Sanchez (4-5) picked up the win Wednesday against the Rays, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks across six innings. He struck out eight.
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Tagged for five runs
PToronto Blue Jays
August 31, 2018
Sanchez allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks across 4.1 innings Friday against the Marlins. He struck out two and didn't factor into the decision.
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Roughed up by Phillies in return from DL
PToronto Blue Jays
August 25, 2018
Sanchez didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Phillies, surrendering six runs on 10 hits and two walks over four innings while striking out two.
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Reinstated prior to Saturday's start
PToronto Blue Jays
August 25, 2018
Sanchez (finger) was activated from the 60-day disabled list ahead of Saturday's start versus the Phillies.
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