Sixto Sanchez
22-Year-Old PitcherSP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
An underwhelming finish to his rookie season allows for Sanchez to be drafted as an SP3, rather than as an SP2. Even when he scuffled down the stretch, Sanchez's fastball velocity was constant, his command and control were just off. Throwing strikes was not an issue as he cruised through the minors, bypassing Triple-A altogether, so it seems illogical to expect the bad version of Sanchez in 2021. Worth noting: he dominated the Braves in his first matchup, and was chased early the next two times they saw him. While capable of double-digit strikeout games, Sanchez is more focused on inducing weak contact (58.0 GB%) than missing bats. He has three 70-grade pitches in his 97 mph sinker, 99 mph four-seamer and 89 mph changeup, while also mixing in a power slider and mid-80s curveball. His age (22) and velocity elevate his risk of injury, and he probably won't throw more than 160 innings in his first full season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a $35,000 contract with the Phillies in February of 2015. Traded to the Marlins in February of 2019.
Allows four runs in loss
PMiami Marlins
October 9, 2020
Sanchez allowed four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two over three innings in a loss to Atlanta on Thursday in Game 3 of the NLDS.
ANALYSIS
The Marlins gave the ball to Sanchez with the season on the line after dropping the first two games of this best-of-five series. The rookie could not get the job done as he had in the Wild Card Series, however. It's a bit troubling that the hard-throwing righty finishes 2020 with a 12:11 K:BB over his final four starts, postseason included (15 innings). Sanchez had a 29:5 K:BB in his first five major-league starts spanning 32 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
78
Last 10 Games
78
Last 5 Games
74
How many pitches does Sixto Sanchez generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Sixto Sanchez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .232 74 18 4 16 2 0 0
Since 2018vs Right .267 84 15 7 20 1 0 3
2020vs Left .232 74 18 4 16 2 0 0
2020vs Right .267 84 15 7 20 1 0 3
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.88 1.16 25.0 1 2 0 7.6 2.2 0.4
Since 2018Away 4.50 1.29 14.0 2 0 0 7.7 3.2 1.3
2020Home 2.88 1.16 25.0 1 2 0 7.6 2.2 0.4
2020Away 4.50 1.29 14.0 2 0 0 7.7 3.2 1.3
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Sixto 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 2019 data (min 120 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
3.00
 
K/9
7.6
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
97.6 mph
 
ERA
3.46
 
WHIP
1.21
 
BABIP
.300
 
GB/FB
2.71
 
Left On Base
74.8%
 
Exit Velocity
81.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.4%
 
Spin Rate
2084 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.3%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The most important aspects of Sanchez's season were that he threw a career-high 114 innings and finished the season healthy. Miami held him back to start the year (May 3 debut) to allow him to finish strong after throwing 46.2 innings in 2018 due to elbow inflammation. The plan worked, as the 6-foot righty had a 0.95 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 39:7 K:BB in 47.1 IP over his final eight starts. He has a pair of 70-grade pitches in his upper-90s fastball and upper-80s changeup. His slider is coming along as a solid third pitch. He also has plus command, which is very rare for a 21-year-old who touches triple-digits. Sanchez is more pitcher than thrower, and his strikeout rate could improve as he hones his craft. He is high-risk from a health standpoint, simply because he is a short pitcher who throws really hard. Sanchez will open the year at Triple-A, but could join the big-league rotation in short order.
The top two predictors for Tommy John surgery: throwing really hard and recent elbow trouble. Unfortunately Sanchez gets a big checkmark in both boxes. He was touching 101 mph early in 2018 and hit the disabled list at High-A with elbow inflammation in early June. Sanchez resumed throwing in August, but never returned to game action and was scratched from the Arizona Fall League with right collarbone soreness. While his strikeout rates are not otherworldly, he looks the part of a future big-league ace when he is at his best, showing a potentially 70-grade changeup and plus breaking ball to go with that 80-grade fastball. One realistic scenario: he reports to camp 100% healthy, dominates Double-A and Triple-A hitters, and is the Phillies' No. 2 starter in 2020. Another realistic scenario: he misses a good chunk of 2019 with more elbow issues, gets Tommy John surgery in the fall and misses all of 2020, reporting to Double-A to start the 2021 season.
With a fastball that can touch 100 mph and the coolest name in the minor leagues, Sanchez has blown up as a coveted asset in dynasty leagues. In addition to his monster fastball, Sanchez throws far more strikes than the typical teenage fireballer. Those are easily his two most impressive traits. His changeup could wind up being a high-end second pitch, but it still needs refining, and his slider and curveball also flash above-average potential. A lot of the same stuff was said about Michael Kopech in past years, and now he is widely considered the game's best pitching prospect, but that's not to say there isn't significant risk in investing in a high-velocity teenager with developing secondaries. His height (six feet) also stands out as a risk factor, as shorter pitchers typically struggle to get downward plane on their fastball. However, he has given up just two home runs in 174.2 innings. Sanchez should head back to High-A to begin 2018, and he appears to be on track for an MLB debut in 2019.
Sanchez, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, made his stateside debut last year as a 17-year-old in the Gulf Coast League. He was impressive in 11 starts, going 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA and a 44:8 K:BB in 54 innings. Sanchez is just six feet tall, but he has a mid-90s fastball with movement that tops out at 99 mph. He has shown good command of that pitch for someone of his age and experience. Sanchez also boasts a curveball and changeup that each have a chance to be plus offerings in time. While he is shorter than most starting pitching prospects, Sanchez is a sturdy 200 pounds, and has a starter's repertoire and command. Dynasty league owners will only hold a pitcher's size against him for so long, so this is a good time to buy. He is expected to open the season at Low-A Lakewood, and if he starts missing more bats with his secondaries, he will go from trendy sleeper to top-100 prospect in a hurry.
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Effective in Game 2 start
PMiami Marlins
October 3, 2020
Sanchez tossed five scoreless innings in Friday's Game 2 win against the Cubs but didn't factor into the decision. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six.
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Scheduled start postponed
PMiami Marlins
October 1, 2020
Sanchez won't start Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Cubs on Thursday as originally scheduled, as the game has been postponed due to rain, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Hit hard Wednesday
PMiami Marlins
September 24, 2020
Sanchez allowed four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two over three innings Wednesday against the Marlins. He did not factor into the decision.
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Struggles during matinee
PMiami Marlins
September 18, 2020
Sanchez (3-2) allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings as he was charged with the loss in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
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Complete-game win
PMiami Marlins
September 13, 2020
Sanchez (3-1) allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out four across seven innings to earn the win Sunday in Game 1 of the team's doubleheader against the Phillies.
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