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Aaron Sanchez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Aaron Sanchez spun 6 2/3 solid innings Sunday, holding the Mariners to two runs in an 8-2 victory.
Kyle Seager put the M's on the board with a solo homer in the second inning, but a sacrifice fly was the only way they were able to dent the scoreboard the rest of the way. Sanchez permitted seven hits, walked two and struck out four. The young righty holds a decent 3.98 ERA for the season, but it's come along with a 1.52 WHIP and ugly 34/34 K/BB ratio over 52 frames. He gets the Twins on the road next weekend. May 24 - 4:15 PM

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Aaron Sanchez pitched well but faltered late, ultimately picking up the loss after yielding three runs in 7 1/3 innings facing the Angels on Tuesday.

Sanchez held the Angels to one run through six innings, but relented one in the seventh on a Chris Iannetta single and another in the eighth on a David Freese sacrifice fly. Overall, Sanchez gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out five. The right-hander has been inconsistent throughout the season and control has been an issue, but he has upside if he can figure things out. He sits with a 4.17 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP, and a 30/32 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings. Sanchez will match up with the Mariners at home in his next outing.
May 19 - 9:47 PM

Aaron Sanchez continued to struggle, taking the loss on Wednesday against the Orioles after yielding five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Sanchez walked the first two batters he faced in the second inning before the Orioles exploded for five runs. Walks have been an issue for Sanchez this season, as the four he issued on Wednesday puts him at 29, the most in the majors. He also allowed seven hits and struck out only one. Sanchez will bring a 4.26 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP, and a 25/29 K/BB ratio over 38 innings into a home start versus the Angels.
May 13 - 10:09 PM

Aaron Sanchez had his finest start of the season in Friday's victory over the Red Sox, scattering to hits over seven-plus scoreless innings.

Command was still an issue for the hard-throwing right-hander who issued five walks in the ballgame, but his dominant repertoire was on full display in this one. He was able to keep Red Sox hitters off balance, racking up three strikeouts and plenty of weak contact. Now 3-2 on the year, he'll carry a 3.62 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 24/25 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Orioles in Baltimore.
May 8 - 10:00 PM

Aaron Sanchez limited the Indians to two runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday to earn his second victory.

Sanchez did walk six, but he did a good job of damage control in only allowing four hits. There was talk earlier this week that the 22-year-old right-hander might be moved back to the bullpen, but getting a win Saturday in Cleveland will probably prevent that from happening anytime soon. Sanchez will carry a 4.62 ERA and 1.70 WHIP into his next outing at home against the Red Sox.
May 2 - 7:52 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that the club has discussed moving Aaron Sanchez back to the bullpen.

It doesn't appear that a change is imminent, as Gibbons also said that they "talk about a lot of things," but it's clearly on the table as a possibility. The 22-year-old enjoyed a lot of success out of the bullpen as a rookie last season, but he owns a 5.03 ERA and 16/14 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings over his first four starts in 2015. He figures to get another couple of chances, but Marco Estrada could eventually replace him in the starting rotation. Sanchez might actually have more fantasy value out of the bullpen, as he would be an immediate threat for saves.
Apr 28 - 4:23 PM

Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision on Monday, yielding four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays fell to the Red Sox.

Sanchez was staked to a 3-0 lead before he took the mound, but promptly gave two of those runs back on a Pablo Sandoval two-run single in the bottom of the first. In total, Sanchez gave up five hits and walked two while fanning seven. Sanchez has yet to complete the sixth inning in his first four starts and now owns a 5.03 ERA with a 1.68 WHIP and a 16/14 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He'll match up against the Indians in Cleveland next.
Apr 27 - 9:41 PM

Aaron Sanchez issued seven walks in 5 1/3 innings, but still got the win on Wednesday versus the Orioles.

The Orioles capitalized on only one of the seven walks. Following a leadoff walk to Caleb Joseph, Jimmy Paredes hit a two-out, two-run home run in the third inning to give the Orioles a temporary 2-0 lead. Sanchez allowed two hits in total and struck out four. The right-hander hasn't missed bats often and walks continue to be an issue as he carries a 9/12 K/BB ratio in 14 innings. Sanchez will have a tough match-up in his next start as he'll take on the Red Sox at Fenway.
Apr 22 - 9:57 PM

Aaron Sanchez surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Rays.

Sanchez was just a two-pitch pitcher tonight, using his fastball and curve. With such a limited arsenal, he at least needs to do a better job of throwing strikes. However, he walked three tonight, giving him a 5/5 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings in his two starts. We're becoming skeptical about him lasting in the rotation. Still, the Jays shouldn't make any rash decisions here.
Apr 16 - 10:18 PM

Aaron Sanchez gave up three runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Saturday.

Sanchez struggled from the start, surrendering solo home runs to Alejandro De Aza and Chris Davis in the first inning. He was pulled in the fourth after loading the bases with one out. The third run on his line came via a run-scoring double play. Sanchez's biggest hurdle to major league success has been his lack of control (he walked 57 batters in 101 1/3 minor league innings last season), but he showed signs near the end of 2014 and in spring training that he might be overcoming that hurdle. Against the Orioles, he walked just two. He'll need to continue this trend to stick in the rotation.
Apr 11 - 10:09 PM

Aaron Sanchez gave up five runs and walked six in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a non-decision versus the Phillies.

It's the first time Sanchez's old control woes have surfaced this spring. He walked 57 batters in 101 1/3 innings in the minors last year, but after joining the Blue Jays pen, he walked just nine in 33 innings, partly because he was able to simplify his arsenal. This spring, he had walked four in 18 1/3 innings, which boded well for his chances of being a decent starting pitcher. We're still a bit skeptical that'll happen, but he's talented enough to prove us wrong.
Mar 31 - 5:06 PM

Aaron Sanchez held the Phillies to one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Sanchez's rotation spot appears secure. He's not a great bet in AL-only leagues, but he'd certainly make sense as a late-round pick if he lasts. He has a 3.93 ERA this spring, with a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
Mar 26 - 5:30 PM

MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm doesn't expect Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris to have strict innings limits this season.

Sanchez threw a career-high 133 1/3 innings in 2014, while Norris threw a career-high 137 frames. Chisholm suspects that the Blue Jays will have a similar plan with the two youngsters as they did last season with Drew Hutchison, who threw 184 2/3 innings. Sanchez and Norris seem unlikely to reach that mark, but it sounds like they won't be shut down at any point if the Jays are in the playoff hunt. Sanchez and Norris are expected to fill the last two spots in Toronto's rotation.
Mar 23 - 9:02 PM

Facing nothing except backups, Aaron Sanchez gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Red Sox.

It was a pretty good set of backups, led by Allen Craig and Daniel Nava, but the Red Sox didn't bring a single player who projects as a regular for the club. Sanchez ended up allowing four hits, walking one and striking out three. He possesses long-term upside, but he hasn't done anything this spring that suggests he's ready to be a force at the back of Toronto's rotation.
Mar 19 - 5:25 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Thursday that Aaron Sanchez will be used as a starter.

Marcus Stroman's season-ending knee surgery opened a rotation spot and Sanchez will slide into it. The 22-year-old right-hander excelled as a reliever at the major league level last season, posting a 1.09 ERA and 0.697 WHIP in 33 innings, but he didn't have a ton of success as a starter at Double-A or Triple-A. Sanchez looks like a risky fantasy bet in standard redraft leagues.
Mar 19 - 10:14 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Roberto Osuna
4Steve Delabar
5Liam Hendriks
6Ryan Tepera
7Todd Redmond
8Scott Copeland