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41 Aaron Sanchez RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 7/1/1992 | Birthplace: Barstow, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 14/6 | Average Draft Position: 226.65
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Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez able to keep pace with Phillies ace


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:49 pm ET) 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. 


Rotation is the priority for Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez will be considered for the rotation and the bullpen during camp, but the rotation is the priority, according to Sportsnet.

The club is expected to make a decision on Sanchez's role in mid-March, but general manger Alex Anthopoulos said the rotation was more important. "The priority is that rotation, you build everything else off of that," he said. 

Sanchez, 22, posted a 1.09 ERA in 33 innings last year. Though he started in the minors, Sanchez was used as a reliever in his first stint in the majors. 


Gibbons: Blue Jays will decide Aaron Sanchez's role by mid-March


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday the team will make a decision about pitcher Aaron Sanchez's role by mid-March. The team has chosen mid-March in order for Sanchez to begin preparing as a starter or reliever for the 2015 season.

Blue Jays' Brett Cecil behind Aaron Sanchez in closer battle?


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that pitcher Brett Cecil would likely be the closer if the season started today, unless Aaron Sanchez is in the bullpen as well, Sportsnet reports.

Cecil picked up five saves in 2014 while posting a 2.70 ERA and 76:27 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. He's been excellent since being transitioned to the bullpen full-time in 2013. Sanchez, the team's No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America, would like to start but may be squeezed out of the rotation during the spring.

GM Alex Anthopoulos said in November that the team wanted Sanchez to remain stretched out during the spring despite J.A. Happ being penciled into the final spot in the rotation. However, Gibbons indicated earlier this week that Sanchez could factor into the closer mix if he's placed in the bullpen.


Blue Jays' Gibbons: Aaron Sanchez could be option at closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Monday the team has had discussions about acquiring relievers Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano, according to MLB Network Radio. 

However, Gibbons also indicated if the team doesn't make a move, then Aaron Sanchez could be an option to close out games.

"If nothing changes in the bullpen, he could be our closer," Gibbons said of Sanchez. "Ideally, everyone would like to see him as a starter."


Blue Jays' Sanchez would like to start, but OK with bullpen role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez said he would like to be part of the rotation coming out of spring training, but added he is OK with whatever role the team has in store, per Sportsnet.ca.

“I would like to start, but I understand the situation,” Sanchez said. ”We have a good team this year and have a chance to win a lot of ballgames. If that means me pitching at the back-end of the bullpen helps this team win more games, then obviously that’s what I’m here to do.”

Sanchez reiterated he would be comfortable if the team asked him to close out games.

“I find myself in one-run ball games almost every time out,” he said. “That’s what I live for. I’d rather have the game in my hands than anyone else’s, so I learned to go out there and attack these guys.”


Jays' GM: Happ penciled in as No. 5 SP, but Sanchez will be SP depth


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday starting pitcher J.A. Happ is penciled in to the final spot in the team's rotation as of late November, according to MLB Network Radio.

However, he added the team wants prospect Aaron Sanchez to remain stretched out as a starter in the spring.


Aaron Sanchez picks up third save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez earned his third save Wednesday, striking out one in a scoreless inning of work in his team's 1-0 win over the Mariners.

Sanchez came on with a runner on first and no outs in the ninth inning and picked him off before retiring the next two batters and picking up a save. He owns a 1.15 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 26:7 K:BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.


Aaron Sanchez coughs up game-winning run vs. Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez (2-2) was pegged with a loss Thursday night against the Yankees. Sanchez allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth due to a throwing error by Aaron Lind.

Sanchez was charged with one unearned run on one hit over one-third of an inning in a 3-2 defeat. He owns a 1.24 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP over 29 innings of relief.

Aaron Sanchez picks up second save Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez picked up his second save Wednesday against the Rays.

Sanchez entered with a three-run lead, and was able to close the door. He did give up a two-out single during the inning, but struck out the final batter to end the game. Sanchez threw 12 pitches, seven of which were strikes. 


Aaron Sanchez a candidate to receive multi-inning save opportunities in September


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez is a candidate to receive occasional multi-inning save opportunities during the final month of the season, the National Post reports. Sanchez owns a 1.66 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP over 21 2/3 innings of work.

"We're trying to maximize who [Sanchez] is," manager John Gibbons said. "So if he goes out there and he's got one inning under his belt and it's easy, we're going to ride him."

Aaron Sanchez K's 3 in first career save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez pitched two perfect innings for his first career save, as he closed out a 2-0 win over the Yankees.

Sanchez set the Yankees down in order over his two innings of work, striking out three of six batters faced on 28 total pitches. He has allowed just four runs over 21 2/3 innings since making his major-league debut, while striking out 20 batters and walking just three. 


Aaron Sanchez will not join rotation this season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez was impressive in his MLB debut Wednesday against Boston, as he struck out two batters over two perfect relief innings. Despite the strong performance, the Blue Jays will not consider moving Sanchez into the rotation, according to Sportsnet.ca.

"Sure, it’s tempting," manager John Gibbons said. "But he’s got about 30 innings and we don’t want to use all that up in a week."


Blue Jays recalling Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Goins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Blue Jays plan to recall pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez and infielder Ryan Goins Tuesday, according to SportsNet.ca.

Sanchez is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, as he was converted to relief at Triple-A Buffalo. Goins' time with the team will likely be shorter, as he is being called up to cover for Steve Tolleson's paternity leave stint. 


Aaron Sanchez moved to bullpen at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher prospect Aaron Sanchez was moved from the rotation to the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo, according to The Buffalo News. The moves indicates the highly touted pitching prospect could be in line for a promotion to the Toronto bullpen later this summer.

Sanchez is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in six starts following his promotion from Double-A New Hampshire, where he was 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 14 starts.


Aaron Sanchez 'sitting on the doorstep'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Blue Jays power-pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez is "sitting on the doorstep of a Major League debut" after his promotion to Triple-A Buffalo last week, reports MLB.com. However, his first start with the Bisons didn't go well, as he allowed four earned runs on six hits and four walks over four innings in a 7-2 loss.

At Double-A New Hampshire, Sanchez walked 40 batters in 66 innings.

"Walks are up, and that's probably the biggest thing," Blue Jays assistant general manager and vice president of baseball operations TonyLaCava told the website. "He needs to continue to become more efficient with his pitches. And again, we'd like to see the walk rates go down, but as far as his upside is concerned, we think he's got a great future."

Sanchez pitched 13 scoreless innings in spring training. He posted a 3.82 ERA in 14 starts with New Hampshire.


Aaron Sanchez not worth stashing in seasonal formats


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher prospect Aaron Sanchez got one step closer to the majors Thursday, as he was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo. While the move could signal the Blue Jays are entertaining the idea of bringing Sanchez to the majors this season, I'm not as convinced and not sure Fantasy owners should be stashing the highly touted pitching prospect.

My biggest concern is Sanchez's innings. He's never pitched more than 90 1/3 innings as a pro and only tossed 86 1/3 innings last season. The recent trend has been teams only extending young pitchers about 30 innings more than what they did the previous season.

Sanchez is already at 66 innings this season, so it seems the Blue Jays want the 21-year-old right-hander to get as many starts at Triple-A this season before he gets shut down. The team does have to get Sanchez's stamina built up, but they aren't going to risk a major injury and put added stress on one of their top prospects.

Also, it's very concerning to see Sanchez continue to have control problems. He's walking 5.5 batters per nine innings this season and 4.9 over his career. Pitchers can get away with control problems in the minors, but major-league hitters usually do a good job of making pitchers pay for walks. So even if he is called up, I'm not convinced Sanchez will be an impact arm immediately.

I'm not completely down on Sanchez's long-term outlook, but I just wouldn't stash him in seasonal formats because he's been promoted to Triple-A.