Toronto Blue Jays Prospect Watch: Aaron Sanchez
With the 2013 First Year Player Draft starting on Thursday, we take a look at the current crop of prospects already fighting their way to the big league team, the Toronto Blue Jays. First up: Aaron Sanchez.
Born in Barstow, CA, Sanchez is currently considered the Blue Jays’ number one prospect according to Baseball America and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. The twenty year-old possesses a plus-plus fastball that will reach 94-95 mph as well as a plus curveball that has had batters swinging and missing oh so many times. The arsenal is rounded out by a solid changeup, which gives the number thirty-two ranked prospect in the country a great chance of being a three-pitch starter in the major league in the not too distant future.
Last season, Sanchez was part of a trio of pitchers that were set to be the future of the organisation. However, Noah Syndergaard was traded to the New York Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal and Justin Nicolino was dealt to the Miami Marlins in the biggest trade in the club’s thirty-six year history. Alex Anthopoulos very much feels that Sanchez was the best out of the three and was determined to keep him at all costs. He did just that and it will now be a slow and careful journey all the way to the Blue Jays. The organisation has traditionally been very patient with its pitching prospects, perhaps over protective, so it may be another two or three years before we see Aaron Jacob Sanchez in the bigs.
So far this season, and it has been much of the same for the righty, with his number of strikeouts just about in correlation with one per innings tossed. His era is also super, standing currently at 3.16 after nine starts. Opponents are hitting an awful .166 of him this season, which is lower than the .204 average from a year ago. His numbers in almost all categories continue to improve each year, and if he continues this way this season, don’t be surprised to see him jump from the Dunedin Blue Jays to the club’s double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
We’ll continue to monitor the farm-scene as the months go by, so be sure to check in again for another Blue Jays Prospect Watch. Go Jays!