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Aaron Sanchez | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Aaron Sanchez struck out seven batters across seven shutout innings in Monday's 4-2 victory over the Padres.
Sanchez was dominant yet again, holding the Padres to just three hits -- two singles -- while walking two. He's yielded only 113 hits and 39 walks over 132 1/3 innings this season, good for a 1.15 WHIP to go along with his 2.72 ERA. Sanchez is now 11-1 on the season and hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his last seven starts. It's possible he'll hit a wall at some point or even be moved to the bullpen, but Sanchez hasn't shown any signs of slowing down yet. He'll get the Orioles next. Jul 25 - 10:13 PM

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Aaron Sanchez was marvelous in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks, surrendering one run on six hits over seven innings.

Sanchez struck out five without walking a batter. The only run to score on his watch came on an RBI ground out by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning. He settled in nicely after the early hiccup and finished his seven frames having thrown just 98 pitches. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander holds a smooth 2.87 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. A home start against the Padres shows next on his schedule.
Jul 20 - 12:44 AM

Aaron Sanchez has been added to the American League All-Star Game roster in place of Craig Kimbrel (knee).

Sanchez has posted a 3.04 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 103/37 K/BB ratio across 118 1/3 innings in the Blue Jays' rotation. The club had been intending to send him to the bullpen eventually in order to keep his workload down, but he's been so good that they're considering reversing course.
Jul 10 - 3:39 PM

Aaron Sanchez lasted just five innings in Saturday's no-decision against the Tigers, allowing two runs on five hits.

The hard-throwing right-hander struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. He hit Andrew Romine with a 1-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning to force the first run in, then surrendered an RBI single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fourth. He finishes a terrific first half with a 9-1 record, 3.04 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 103/37 K/BB ratio across 118 1/3 innings.
Jul 9 - 4:22 PM

Aaron Sanchez moved to 9-1 by limiting the Royals to one run and three hits in eight innings on Monday.

The Blue Jays are getting cold feet about their original decision to return Sanchez to the bullpen, probably in August, and they might decide to start him the rest of the way. It might depend on where the team stands at the end of July; it'll be harder to play games with Sanchez's long-term health if they're not within spitting distance of first place.
Jul 5 - 1:37 AM

Shi Davidi writes of Aaron Sanchez that "the talk now (is) that he may be strong enough to hang in as a starter all year long."

The Blue Jays have said previously that Sanchez will move to the bullpen at some point this season in an effort to keep his workload down, and just two weeks ago manager John Gibbons reiterated that stance. However, Sanchez has been so good as a starter that the club may be reconsidering things. It's possible they could ultimately just decide to skip and/or push back Sanchez a few times, although even if they did that the righty would still be looking at a large innings increase. He threw only 92 1/3 innings last season and is currently on pace for 213 1/3 frames this year. It's obviously a situation for fantasy owners to monitor closely.
Source: Sportsnet
Jun 30 - 12:22 PM

Aaron Sanchez was fantastic in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Rockies, firing eight innings of one-run ball.

Sanchez scattered six hits while walking two over his eight innings of work. While he didn't have the strikeout working -- he fanned just three on the afternoon -- he proved lethally efficient and threw just 106 pitches during his extended time on the mound. The 23-year-old right-hander will carry a 3.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 96/34 K/BB ratio (105 1/3 innings) into a home date with the Royals next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 6:41 PM

Aaron Sanchez held the White Sox to two runs in six innings to earn a quality start in a no-decision on Friday.

He allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Sanchez now has a 3.33 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 32 walks in 97 1/3 innings. Still very young (he turns 24 next week), the right-hander has a career 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings for a team that plays in a ballpark that is unfriendly to pitchers. Compared to last year, Sanchez has made big improvements to both his walk and strikeout rates. A large part of his success comes from keeping the ball on the ground to avoid home runs.
Jun 25 - 1:05 AM

Aaron Sanchez yielded two runs in six innings Friday in a victory over the Orioles.

Sanchez was shaky early before settling down with the benefit of a huge lead. He struck out six and walked a pair in the victory and now sits at 7-1 with a 3.35 ERA on the year. A move to the bullpen looms later this summer, but he’ll remain valuable in fantasy leagues until that time comes.
Jun 17 - 10:18 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that the team still plans on shifting Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen later this season.

Sanchez, 23, has made 13 starts and holds a 3.38 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 83/29 K/BB ratio. He has thrown 85 1/3 innings thus far. That is already close to touching his career-high in innings at the major league level. Working as a combo starter-reliever last season, he accumulated 92 1/3 frames worth of action. Gibbons did not offer a specific date for Sanchez's shift to the bullpen, though, and he will start until the team indicates otherwise. At the micro level, his next outing will come on the road against the Orioles. Once he does move over to the pen, Gibbons said that Drew Hutchison would take his spot in the rotation.
Jun 15 - 4:44 PM

Aaron Sanchez managed to pick up the win in Sunday's showdown with the Orioles despite allowing six runs on 10 hits over five innings.

On a normal day, Sanchez probably wouldn't have been in line for the win, but his offense came through for him with 10 runs scored. Four of the six runs that the O's scored on Sanchez's watch came in the fifth inning, highlighted by three home runs -- a solo shot by Adam Jones, a two-run shot by Chris Davis and a final solo shot by Matt Wieters. This start is not indicative of Sanchez's season as a whole, though. The 23-year-old right-hander will carry a 3.38 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 83/29 K/BB ratio (85 1/3 innings) into a road rematch with these same Orioles next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 12 - 5:09 PM

Aaron Sanchez was dominant Tuesday but had to settle for a no-decision, punching out 12 batters in eight frames in an extra-innings loss to the Tigers.

Sanchez began the ninth inning seeking his first complete game and shutout, but he was pulled after permitting a single and RBI double. Roberto Osuna then gave up a game-tying double. You can hardly blame Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons for sticking with Sanchez in the ninth, as the righty was under 100 pitches and had retired seven straight (five via the strikeout). It was an unfortunate ending but doesn't take anything away from another brilliant performance from Sanchez, who now boasts a 2.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 76/26 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings. The righty will face the Orioles on Sunday.
Jun 7 - 11:54 PM

Aaron Sanchez blanked the Yankees for 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to move to 5-1 this season.

Sanchez gave up seven hits, but only one went for extra bases (an Alex Rodriguez double) and he spread them out well. He struck out six and walked two. It's going to be tough for Sanchez to keep this up all year when he's never thrown more than 133 innings in a season (he's at 73 1/3 right now), but he's making a case to represent the Jays in the All-Star Game.
Jun 1 - 10:37 PM

Aaron Sanchez logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work.

The right-hander punched out six on the night while walking two. Sanchez departed in line for his fifth victory of the season, but the Jays bullpen was unable to hold on for him. He has been impressive through his first 10 starts, compiling a 3.29 ERA (3.25 xFIP), 1.20 WHIP and 58/23 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when he'll take on the Yankees at home.
May 27 - 10:17 PM

Aaron Sanchez yielded two runs over seven innings in a 9-3 win over the Twins on Friday.

It was nice to see after Sanchez struggled in his last start against the Rangers. The young right-hander gave up eight hits, but walked none and notched seven strikeouts along the way. He was very efficient, throwing 65 out of 96 pitches for strikes. Sanchez’s return to the rotation has mostly been a success so far, as he holds a 3.20 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio in 59 innings through nine starts. He’ll try to keep it going against the Yankees in his next turn.
May 20 - 11:48 PM

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2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Sanchez
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Franklin Morales
7Jesse Chavez
8Gavin Floyd