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41 Aaron Sanchez SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 7/1/1992 | Birthplace: Barstow, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 38/18 | Average Draft Position: 215.71
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Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez stifles Mariners in victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Rookie starter Aaron Sanchez ended a two-game slide, pitching 6 2/3 solid innings of work as the Blue Jays beat the Mariners 8-2 on Sunday. 

Sanchez, who improved to 4-4 on the season, scattered seven hits but allowed just two runs to help Toronto avert a sweep. He struck out four and walked just two. Sanchez pitched into the seventh inning for his second straight start and dropped his ERA to 3.98. 

"He's settling in," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's got the appearance of starting to figure this out."

Gibbons believes he will hold onto his rotation spot, according to MLB.com.

"It wasn't like it was an automatic thing that was going to happen, because a lot of us felt, too, that in time he was going to pick it up, anyway. He should, he's too good, too talented. Yeah, I think you can probably eliminate that right now," Gibbons said.


Aaron Sanchez evens record in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez evened his record at 4-4 and snapped a personal two-game losing streak by beating Seattle on Sunday.

Sanchez allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two, allowing one home run. 

Sanchez will start next Saturday, at Minnesota. 


Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez allows three runs in loss Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez allowed three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work in Toronto's 3-2 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

Sanchez had trouble in the fourth when he allowed a solo home run to Kole Calhoun. He worked out of the inning by finishing things off with a strikeout, one of his five in the game. Then in the eighth, Sanchez put two men on before getting pulled. One of the runners would score on a sacrifice fly by David Freese.

Sanchez, now 3-4, moved his ERA to 4.17 in 45 1/3 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Mariners.


Blue Jays shuffle rotation, name Todd Redmond Monday starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Blue Jays will start pitcher Todd Redmond in Monday's game against the Angels, Sportsnet reports.

Redmond struggled in two relief appearances in mid-April, giving up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking five. He's made one start and three relief appearances with Triple-A Buffalo, posting a 4.50 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.

With the change, the team is bumping back the rest of the rotation a day, with Monday's originally-scheduled starter, Aaron Sanchez, moving to Tuesday. Drew Hutchison and R.A. Dickey will pitch Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez allows five runs in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez took the loss Wednesday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Orioles.

Sanchez (3-3) was roughed up in the second inning, walking the first two batters of the frame and then giving up three doubles and a single to bring five runs home before he could record the third out. He made it through the rest of the outing without issue but wasn't picked up by his offense.

"I felt like I had good command of my changeup," Sanchez said, per MLB.com. "My curveball wasn't really where I wanted it. Fastball command was better, but like I said, I'll take the good from this start, move on and be ready for my next start."

Sanchez owns a 4.26 ERA and 25:29 K:BB ratio in 38 innings. He's scheduled to face the Angels on Monday.


Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez throws seven scoreless IP for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez (3-2) gave up no runs and just two singles in seven innings of work Friday to take the win against the Red Sox.

"I was trying to get as many outs as I possibly could until they came and grabbed the ball," Sanchez said. "The walks are the biggest thing from start one to start six, but I had a better feel for everything more so than I did in Boston. I attacked the hitters."

Sanchez threw 108 pitches in the longest outing of his career.

"He was as strong as we've seen all year," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Sanchez's next start is scheduled for Wednesday in Baltimore.


Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez pitches poorly in win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Several days after reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving him to the bullpen, right-hander Aaron Sanchez beat the Indians on Saturday.

But it was not the kind of performance that would change their minds.

Sanchez benefitted from a prolific Toronto offense and anemic Indians bats with runners on base. He surrendered two runs on four hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings, leaving in the sixth with the bases loaded.

John Gibbons wasn't down on Sanchez after the game.

"He got a lot of ground balls today," he told MLB.com. "...When guys are on base, he's able to get out of some innings like that. These last few starts, he's been pretty effective but he's walked a lot of guys too. Over time, that's not going to work, so he's get to get in the zone better."

Sanchez faced 26 batters in less than six innings, but still raised his record to 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 4.62. If he remains in the rotation, he will start again Friday against Boston.


Gibbons: Blue Jays have discussed moving Aaron Sanchez to 'pen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Blue Jays have discussed moving Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen, manager John Gibbons said Tuesday, per Sportsnet.ca. However, Gibbons added, "We talk about a lot of things."

The 22-year-old Sanchez is 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.68 WHIP through four starts.

Sanchez was in the running for the closer's role this spring before being moved to the rotation in the wake of Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury.

The Blue Jays haven't had consistency in the closer's role this season. Brett Cecil opened as the closer before being quickly replaced by rookie Miguel Castro. Cecil was elevated back to the closer's role Tuesday, as Castro is now struggling.


Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez takes no-decision on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings to take a no-decision Monday against the Red Sox.

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval did the damage off Sanchez, delivering a two-run single in the first inning and adding a solo homer in the fourth.

"It's frustrating, they score three and I give them two right back in the first," Sanchez said.

Sandoval would leave the game with a neck injury.

Sanchez's next start is set for Saturday in Cleveland.


Blue Jays P Aaron Sanchez walks 7, does enough to get win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez had a mixed performance in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Orioles. 

On one hand, Sanchez only allowed two earned runs on two hits while striking out four batters. However, Sanchez walked seven batters in 5 1/3 innings pitched. The runs scored against Sanchez came on a two-run homer from Jimmy Paredes in the third inning. 

“It was a battle for him, especially early,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, via the National Post. “You look up there and he’s thrown more balls than strikes. But after that he kicked it in a little bit.”

Sanchez was able to get his first win of the year and is now 1-2. He holds an ERA of 5.14. 

Sanchez's next start is projected for April 27 against the Red Sox. 


Blue Jays' Gibbons not worried about rookie Aaron Sanchez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez isn't off to a great start this season, going 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA through two starts. Yet, manager John Gibbons isn't ready to hit the panic button with the highly touted prospect.

“Sanchie is going to be fine," Gibbons said, per Sportsnet.ca. "First time starting in the big-leagues, he’s been a starter his whole career, he was in relief last year, let him get his feet wet, let him get comfortable through it all, and he’s going to be fine.”

Sanchez reached 97 mph on the radar gun six times Thursday against the Rays and hit 96 mph twice. 

“Mechanics isn’t an issue with me, it’s about making sure everything stays over the plate,” Sanchez said. “With the type of stuff I have, I’ve just got to be around the box, and I felt like I was tonight, more than I was in the first start.”


Blue Jays P Aaron Sanchez earns second loss of year vs. Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez allowed three earned runs during Thursday night's 4-2 loss to the Rays. 

Sanchez pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and three walks. He struck out four batters in the game. Sanchez allowed a run each in the third and fifth inning before giving up two in the sixth. 

He was relieved by Aaron Loup. Sanchez now has an ERA of 6.23 and has a record of 0-2. His next start is projected to be against the Orioles on April 22. 


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez takes loss in seven-hit start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez gave up three runs and seven hits in three and a third innings on Saturday, in a 7-1 loss to Baltimore. 

Sanchez walked two and struck out one in his first Major League start. He gave up a leadoff home run to Alejandro De Aza and a solo shot to Chris Davis two batters later in the first inning. 

Sanchez threw 61 pitches, 34 for strikes.

"This isn’t the way I wanted to start the season," Sanchez said, per TSN Radio. "Obviously fastball command wasn’t there and when you don’t have that as a pitcher you’re going to struggle." 

His next start is expected to be Thursday, against Chris Archer and the Rays. 


Hutchison, Dickey, Norris will headline Blue Jays rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Blue Jays finalized their rotation order to start the season, according to MLB.com. John Gibbons will roll with Drew Hutchison on Opening Day against the Yankees on Monday, followed by R.A. Dickey on Wednesday and Daniel Norris on Thursday. Mark Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez will take the mound Friday and Saturday at Baltimore, respectively. 

Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez allows five runs, six walks Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez surrendered five earned runs on six hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 10-6 win over the Phillies Tuesday.

Sanchez endured his worst start of the spring Tuesday, walking six batters after issuing just four walks over his first four appearances. He closes Grapefruit League play with a 5.16 ERA and 11:10 K:BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. Sanchez is set to open the season in the major-league rotation.

"I didn't really give myself a chance today," Sanchez said in reference to the high number of walks. "I don't think [it was] anything mechanical-wise. I think it was just one of those days where it was super-hot, I was wet, things were slipping and I wasn't good. That being said, [I need to] just work out the kinks over the next five days and be ready to go again."


Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle said he'll make first start April 10


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/29/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle said he will make his first start of the season April 10 in Baltimore, reports MLB.com.

The Blue Jays have not yet officially announced their rotation but it is expected they'll go in the order of: Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, Daniel Norris, Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez.

"Doesn't matter to me," Buehrle said when asked if he had a preference. "I'm going to get 33 starts in by the end of the year, so it doesn't matter."

The left hander has started three games this spring, posing a 2.45 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez able to keep pace with Phillies ace


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez held his own against Phillies ace Cole Hamels during Thursday's spring game. While Hamels didn't allow a hit through four innings and tossed five scoreless innings, Sanchez allowed just one run on two hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

Sanchez, who struck out two, didn't allow a hit until there was one out in the fourth inning. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, allowing just a walk in that span.

Sanchez lowered his ERA to 3.93. He has nine strikeouts through five starts (18 1/3 innings).


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez allows three runs vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez surrendered three earned runs on four hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings while striking out three in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Red Sox.

Sanchez hasn't been at his best this spring, and Thursday's outing raises his Grapefruit League ERA to 4.85 in 13 innings.

Manager John Gibbons conceded that Sanchez's hard curveball is "hit or miss" and that a slider would be easier for the pitcher to control, the Toronto Star reports.

"A get-me-over pitch if the curveball’s not there that night," Gibbons said. "But the way he throws it could turn into a big strikeout pitch for him as well. But it’s a work in progress and he’s going to take some time to develop it."

Sanchez said he's still figuring out the pitch, which looks more like a hard cutter at this point.

"It’s such a new pitch I’m still trying to feel it," Sanchez said after Thursday’s outing. "For the most part it was working the way I wanted it to. Not necessarily for strikes, but in between (starts) that’s something we can square up. I think it’s just to add another weapon in my back pocket."

Sanchez is expected to open the season in the rotation after the team lost Marcus Stroman to a torn ACL.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez will likely break camp as starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that Aaron Sanchez will likely break camp as a starter, according to Sportsnet.com.

Sanchez, the 34th overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, made his Blue Jays debut in July. He finished 2014 with a 1.09 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP and 27:9 K:BB ratio over 33.0 innings of work in the majors. The 22-year-old went 3-7 with a 3.95 ERA in 22 appearances (20 starts) between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo last season.


Blue Jays still looking for lefty for bullpen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) The Blue Jays are looking for another lefthander for their bullpen, as Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury has created a ripple effect throughout the pitching staff.

Stroman's vacancy in the starting rotation will be filled by Aaron Sanchez, who was expected to share closing duties with Brett Cecil

That means Cecil can't help with relief in the middle innings, as was the original plan when he was slated as a co-closer. Manager John Gibbons told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm that it would be "ideal" to find another southpaw to help with the mid-innings.

Jeff Francis , signed by the team during the offseason, is a candidate. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings with three teams last year.

"He's a different type pitcher now, but I could see a place on this team for him. ... He's going to come out and throw strikes, and that's so valuable coming out of the bullpen," Gibbons said. "You don't want to bring in guys trying to find the strike zone. He can be tough on lefties, but he can also get righties out. I think, too, coming out of the bullpen in that role, that can extend his career another four or five years. He's a great competitor."

Colt Hynes, who went 1-4 with a 3.67 for two Triple-A teams last year, is also a candidate for the spot. 


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez takes hill for third spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez, who is vying for a spot in the rotation or bullpen, made his third spring start Friday against the Orioles. He allowed two runs on five hits and no walks in 3 1/3 innings, while striking out one.

Sanchez opened the game with a scoreless first inning before the Orioles drove in two runs in the second inning on Caleb Joseph's RBI single and Henry Urrutia's RBI double. Sanchez then bounced back with a scoreless third inning and was lifted after facing one batter in the fourth inning.

His ERA rose from 4.15 to 4.70. He has four strikeouts and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez could fill in for Marcus Stroman in rotation


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez may be the next man up for Toronto in the wake of Marcus Stroman's injury. He, Marco Estrada and Daniel Norris will compete for the rest of spring for the final two spots on the staff, reports MLB.com.

"Our plan for Sanchez was always the same," general manager Alex Anthopoulos insisted Tuesday afternoon. "I think it certainly gives him a better opportunity to start but we still have Estrada being stretched out, still have Norris being stretched out, still have the remainder of camp.

"I think we still continue down that path, but there's no doubt about it, there's another opportunity there with Stroman being down."


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez tosses three no-hit innings Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez shined in his second start of the spring Sunday, giving up one walk and no hits in three scoreless innings while striking out three in his team's 1-0 loss to the Pirates.

"I think going back to my first start it was more about just making sure I felt good, making sure my fastball command was there," Sanchez said after the outing, per MLB.com. "That was really the first time I got to face hitters ... so to get back out there and get my feet wet and then go out there and do what I did today it's just something to build off of. I felt good out there and just take it through the next five days."

Sanchez consistently hit 95 mph on the radar gun in Sunday's outing. He is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation but is more likely to fill a late-inning role during the regular season.


Brett Cecil to miss up to 10 days for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) An MRI on Brett Cecil's shoulder revealed inflammation in his rotator cuff. Originally expected to miss a couple days, Cecil will now sit out up to 10 days in Blue Jays' camp. 

Cecil was battling Aaron Sanchez for the closer spot, and manager John Gibbons indicated that Cecil's prolonged absence could help Sanchez wrap up the role.  


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez gets off on the wrong foot Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez had a tough start to open spring training on Tuesday.

Sanchez gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits over 1 1/3 innings during the start. Sanchez was able to get the first two outs on the game with no issue, but gave up a two-out single to Gregory Polanco. The next batter reached on an error, and Sanchez proceeded to give up a three-run homer to Pedro Alvarez. 

He ran into trouble again in the second. After a quick groundout, Sanchez allowed a walk, single and two-run double to the next three hitters. He was pulled from the game at that point.

The 22-year-old is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation this spring.