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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 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

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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

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Anibal Sanchez will stretch out to be a starter this spring.

Mike Pelfrey will also compete for a spot in the rotation. Sanchez spent 2016 bouncing between the bullpen and starting rotation while compiling a career-worst 5.87 ERA. Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmermann are locks for the rotation but the other two spots are up for grabs. Sanchez is entering the last year of a five-year contract.
Jan 21 - 4:46 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that the Tigers are getting hits on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

This is in line with what Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was hearing in mid-November. Sanchez is owed $16 million in 2017 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2018, so the Tigers are going to have to cover some portion of his remaining salary in order to make a deal feasible. However, as Rosenthal notes, the Tigers could save some money by dealing him and Justin Wilson, who has drawn a lot of interest at the Winter Meetings. Sanchez is coming off a 5.87 ERA and 135/53 K/BB ratio over 153 1/3 innings this past season.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:09:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Tigers have gotten a few hits on Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez struggled with a 5.87 ERA and 30 homers allowed over 153 1/3 innings this past season, but Heyman speculates that he could draw some interest if the Tigers cover a significant portion of his remaining salary. The veteran right-hander is owed $16 million in 2017 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2018. In a weak free agent class, someone could be willing to take a chance on a rebound. A return to the National League could be a good idea.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 08:33:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched five innings and allowed one run and two hits against the Twins in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

That takes his ERA all of the way down to 5.77. Still, the solid showing should ensure that Sanchez makes at least one more start next week. It's possible he'll pitch twice.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 06:59:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez coughed up six runs in four gruesome innings in a no-decision versus the Twins on Wednesday.

His team eventually won the game but with no thanks to him. He gave up five of the runs in the fourth inning, in which he surrendered a solo shot to Brian Dozier, an RBI-single to Kennys Vargas and a big three-run tater to Kurt Suzuki. Sanchez actually struck out seven batters in his four innings and gave up only five hits and two walks but when the Twins put wood on the ball they hit it hard. It has been an awful season for Sanchez, who is 7-13 with a 5.90 ERA. It is hard to believe this is the same Anibal Sanchez who delivered a 2.57 ERA in 2013.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 12:58:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez was serviceable enough in Wednesday's no-decision against the White Sox, surrendering three runs on eight hits over five innings.

Two of the three runs on Sanchez's line came home courtesy of Melky Cabrera, who hit an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. Sanchez struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. This start went smoothly, but the season as a whole has been a much more trying matter. The veteran right-hander will carry an uninspiring 5.69 ERA and 1.48 WHIP into a home start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1JaCoby Jones
2Andrew Romine
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Mikie Mahtook
4Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Kyle Ryan
6Anibal Sanchez
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Joe Jimenez