Aaron Sanchez Makes Flawless Debut For Toronto Blue Jays

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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Aaron Sanchez

The long awaited Toronto Blue Jays debut of Aaron Sanchez finally came to fruition against the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Sanchez entered the-ball game in the top of the 7th inning with a one-run lead to face the meat of the Red Sox order. The former 1st rounder is regarded as a front of the rotation starter but the Jays decided to give the 22-year old his first taste of the majors pitching out of the bullpen. Sanchez made two appearances out of the bullpen for the Buffalo Bisons before the big club came calling earlier in the week.

The 34th ranked prospect by Baseball America has a 3.95 earned average between Double and Triple “A” this season fanning 84 batters in 100.1 innings of work. The only Achilles heel or blip on the radar for Sanchez is the 54 base on balls he has issued at an elevated rate of 5.1 walks per 9 innings of work. The walks were not an issue on this night as Sanchez showed good command on all his pitches retiring the six batters he faced.

Marcus Stroman was recently quoted about Sanchez: “He’s got 98 (m.p.h.) and it sinks. You wouldn’t want to be in the (batter’s) box),” said fellow right-hander Marcus Stroman, when asked what Sanchez brings to the table. “He’s got an unbelievable arm.”

Sanchez brought the heat for his debut throwing 10 fastballs and 3 breaking balls in his first inning of work. Sanchez hit 99 mph three times, 98 mph five times, 97 and 96 mph once respectively on the gun. His three breaking balls ranged between 82-84 mph one which retired Dustin Pedroia. His second inning of work was much of the same as Sanchez fanned both Nava and Drew sandwiched between a weak grounder off the bat of Bogaerts

Pitch by Pitch Breakdown: 7th Inning

Dustin Pedroia

96 mph fastball for a first pitch called strike

98 mph fastball fouled out of play

82 mph breaking ball hit to shallow outfield, caught by Colby Rasmus

David Ortiz

99 mph fastball low for a ball

98 mph fastball low for a ball

98 mph fastball  – Ortiz swings late and fouls out of play

97 mph fastball high for a ball

98 mph fastball fly-ball hit  to Melky Cabrera for an out

Mike Napoli

99 mph fastball called strike

98 mph fastball low called strike

84 mph ball low breaking ball

83 mph low ball downstairs

99 mph fastball fly ball to Rasmus

Sanchez retires side in order


Pitch by Pitch Breakdown: 8th Inning

Daniel Nava

97 mph fastball for called strike

92 mph ball outside

97 mph fastball for called strike

93 mph hit foul

83 mph backdoor breaking ball caught looking for first MLB strikeout

Xander Bogaerts

97 mph fastball high for a ball

98 mph fastball grounder hit to Jose Reyes for the out.

Stephen Drew

98 mph fastball for called strike

93 mph ball low

97 mph fastball fouled back out of play

82 mph breaking ball low for a ball

82 mph breaking ball for called strike three and 2nd MLB strikeout

Sanchez threw 25 pitches in a flawless 2 innings of work striking out two and averaging 97-98 mph on his fastball. The duo of Sanchez and Marcus Stroman should bode well for the future of  the starting rotation north of the border.

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Clayton Richer
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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