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Anibal Sanchez | Relief Pitcher | #19

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / BOS
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Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision in San Diego on Saturday.
Sanchez has posted a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in two outings since being summoned from Triple-A Toledo on June 18. He has re-emerged as a useful fantasy option if you need help in the back end of your rotation in deeper AL play. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Indians at Comerica Park. Jun 25 - 3:26 AM

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Anibal Sanchez allowed two earned runs, five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Monday in Seattle.

His overall stat line wasn't terrible, but he struggled with his location. He managed to throw just 50 of his 89 pitches for strikes in his first start of the season. Sanchez had been a train wreck in a relief role, allowing 21 runs over 21 innings.
Jun 20 - 2:46 AM

Tigers recalled RHP Anibal Sanchez from Triple-A Toledo.

The veteran right-hander will rejoin the Tigers' rotation on Monday against the Mariners. He posted a 4.60 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings over four starts at Triple-A while getting stretched out. He still isn't a recommended fantasy option.
Jun 18 - 5:19 PM

Anibal Sanchez will start for the Tigers on Monday in Seattle.

The Tigers will utilize a six-man rotation for at least one turn through the rotation. Sanchez was sent down last month to be stretched out as a starter and posted a 4.60 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings across four starts for Triple-A Toledo.
Jun 18 - 10:35 AM

Tigers optioned RHP Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A Toledo.

Sanchez had to agree to the move given his big league tenure, and it was actually his idea, as he wants to be stretched out to start again. The veteran right-hander has posted a 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP over 11 relief appearances this season, although he did strike out 22 over 21 innings. He could get another shot to start with the Tigers if Matt Boyd's struggles continue.
May 22 - 5:15 PM

Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs and two homers in his inning of relief Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

This might have been the final straw for Sanchez, who has allowed a whopping eight homers in 17 2/3 innings out of the pen. He's sporting a 9.68 ERA. The Tigers still owe him the rest of his $16 million salary this year and a $5 million buyout in 2018, but they need to cut their losses.
May 11 - 1:55 AM

Anibal Sanchez was lit up for six runs in 1 1/3 innings out of the pen by the Twins on Thursday.

Sanchez gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings coming in, but four of those runs had just been ruled unearned, giving him a 1.93 ERA. Unfortunately, this one pushed him back up to 10.50 anyway. Sanchez looked strong with his lower arm slot at the end of the spring, but he looks like a DFA candidate right now.
Apr 13 - 4:56 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched four innings in relief and allowed just one run Thursday against the Orioles.

The one run came on a wind-aided Chris Davis homer. Sanchez struck out four and walked one. He's looked really good since adjusting his arm slot earlier this month, and we'd be looking at him as an AL-only sleeper if he had a rotation spot. However, he'll be working out of the pen initially.
Mar 30 - 3:52 PM

Anibal Sanchez tossed six hitless, scoreless frames while striking out six batters but the Tigers still lost to the Pirates on Saturday.

He walked one batter and saw an error made behind him but was otherwise perfect. Sanchez was shelled in each of his first three games of the spring before making some mechanical adjustments. In three games since then he has been unscored upon. On March 9th his ERA was 17.47 and now it is down to 5.03 in 19 2/3 innings. He is battling Matt Boyd for the last rotation slot on the Tigers' staff. Sanchez turned in a rough 5.87 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 153 1/3 innings a year ago.
Mar 25 - 6:42 PM

Anibal Sanchez blanked the Mets for four innings and struck out five in the Tigers' 5-1 victory on Monday.

It looked like Matt Boyd would be the Tigers' fifth starter by default, but Sanchez has made it a race again by throwing eight scoreless innings his last two times out. They've been particularly strong scoreless innings, too; he's faced just two batters over the minimum. In doing so, he's lowered his spring ERA from 17.47 to 7.24. Boyd still seems the likely choice for the fifth spot, but Sanchez will almost surely find himself back in the rotation at some point.
Mar 20 - 5:11 PM

Anibal Sanchez was perfect for four innings, striking out five, to earn a win in relief Wednesday against the Braves.

After making some adjustments to his delivery, Sanchez lowered his spring ERA from 17.47 to 10.24 and put himself back into the mix for the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation. Matt Boyd is out in front in that competition for now, but Sanchez's $16 million salary will likely play a role in Detroit's decision if Sanchez can finish the spring strong.
Mar 15 - 5:05 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Anibal Sanchez is "trying to make an adjustment to his arm slot."

He needs to do something, as Sanchez has been pounded for 15 hits, 11 earned runs and four home runs in his 5 2/3 innings this spring while seeing his velocity dip to the 89-91 mph range. The Tigers are hoping that by Sanchez moving his hand farther away from his head, he can get more extension and improve his velocity and movement. He'll test out his new delivery in his next Grapefruit League outing Wednesday. As it stands right now, Matt Boyd seems to have inched ahead of Sanchez for the fifth spot in the Tigers' rotation.
Source: Detroit News
Mar 13 - 10:31 PM

Anibal Sanchez got roughed up again Thursday, surrendering four runs in three innings versus the Mets.

Champ Stuart and Yoenis Cespedes hit two-run homers off him. Sanchez has been touched up in all three outings to date, leaving him with a 17.47 ERA. He started off as the favorite to serve as the Tigers' fifth starter, but he needs to turn it around in a hurry now.
Mar 9 - 3:59 PM

Anibal Sanchez was torched for five runs -- four earned -- in just 1 2/3 innings of relief against the Yankees on Saturday.

This comes on the heels of allowing three runs in one inning in his first outing on Monday. He is battling for a slot in the rotation but that is looking unlikely. He has not pitched well the last two seasons. He finished with a 7-13 record and an ugly 5.87 ERA in 153 1/3 innings in 2016. He was demoted to the bullpen late in the season.
Mar 4 - 5:51 PM

Anibal Sanchez was tagged for three runs in an inning by the Braves on Monday.

Sanchez allowed four hits, walked one and struck out none. A strong spring would give him a great chance of opening the season as the Tigers' fifth starter, but he's far from assured anything after his miserable 2016 campaign.
Feb 27 - 4:38 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Mikie Mahtook
3Andrew Romine
4Matt den Dekker
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf