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Aaron Sanchez | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Aaron Sanchez from Triple-A Buffalo.
Sanchez is a highly-regarded starting pitching prospect, but the Jays will break him into the majors as a reliever. The 22-year-old has posted a 3.95 ERA and 84/57 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings this season between Double- and Triple-A. Jul 22 - 3:19 PM

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Shi Davidi of reports that the Blue Jays plan to call up prospect right-hander Aaron Sanchez on Tuesday.

Sanchez was just shifted to the bullpen last week in Triple-A, which is where he'll pitch in his first taste of the majors. The 22-year-old has posted a 3.95 ERA and 84/57 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings this season between Double- and Triple-A. He still has a promising future as a starter, but the Jays are hoping he can make an impact down the stretch in a relief role.
Jul 22 - 9:10 AM

Blue Jays pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez has been moved to the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo.

The 22-year-old right-hander will likely be called up to Toronto once he gets comfortable in his new, temporary role. Sanchez is a highly-thought-of prospect and projects as a starting pitcher long term.
Jul 17 - 3:11 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are considering promoting pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez and using him as a reliever.

The move would help keep Sanchez's innings down while also giving the Jays a potentially dynamic option in the bullpen. Rosenthal says that the Jays are also considering promoting fellow prospect Daniel Norris to Triple-A and possibly eventually the majors as a reliever. Sanchez holds a 3.94 ERA with 82 strikeouts over 98 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Jul 11 - 1:58 PM

Blue Jays right-handed pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez had his best outing for Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, striking out seven batters over 4 1/3 innings, scattering three singles and four walks while allowing only one run.

Sanchez's command woes, combined with his elite raw stuff, continued to produce high strikeout and high walk totals. He now has 12 walks and 13 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings since his jump to Triple-A, while opposing batters have a .265/.403/.347 line against him.
Jun 26 - 10:40 AM

Blue Jays right-handed pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez was hit hard in his Triple-A debut on Saturday, allowing six hits and four walks while allowing five runs, four of which were earned.

Sanchez struck out two batters, throwing 47 of his 86 pitches for strikes (54.7%). Sanchez has electric stuff, but has a short pitching stride which often results in inconsistent mechanics and release point. As a result, he struggles to command his pitches, often missing the strike zone.
Jun 15 - 11:06 AM

Blue Jays prospect Aaron Sanchez has been promoted from Double-A New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo.

Sanchez had a 3.82 ERA and 57/40 K/BB ratio in 66 innings this season at the Double-A level. He obviously still has some control issues, but the 21-year-old right-hander carries front-line starter upside. Sanchez was the 34th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.
Jun 12 - 3:06 PM

Blue Jays prospect RHP Aaron Sanchez arguably had his best start of the season since Opening Day on Sunday, as he allowed one earned run and struck out seven batters in 6 2/3 innings for Double-A New Hampshire.

The 21-year-old's control and command was vastly improved in the outing, as he scattered four hits and allowed a season-best one walk. After struggling through May with a 6.66 ERA and 22 walks in 24 1/3 innings, Sanchez has now looked like his old self in back-to-back starts this month, as he's posted a 2.31 ERA and 14-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last 11 2/3 frames. If the right-hander can continue to build off his recent success (his walk rate currently sits at 5.5 BB/9), then it's not crazy to think he'll be able to help the Blue Jays at some point later this season.
Jun 9 - 2:49 PM

Aaron Sanchez will open the 2014 season at Double-A New Hampshire.

The 21-year-old right-hander was impressive this spring, logging 15.1 scoreless innings during which he walked six batters and struck out 11, and that line doesn't include his four scoreless frames and six strikeouts against the Canadian national team on March 11. Sanchez started to figure things out in the Arizona Fall League last year, and his success carried over as hoped into the spring. If the right-hander continues to make developmental strides at Double-A, then he could potentially reach the major leagues by mid-season.
Apr 2 - 12:33 PM

Blue Jays reassigned RHP Aaron Sanchez, RHP John Stilson and INF Dan Johnson to minor league camp.

The 21-year-old Sanchez impressed during Grapefruit League play, firing 12 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just nine hits and posting an 8/6 K/BB ratio. He's slated to begin the season at Double-A New Hampshire, but could make his debut with the Jays as early as mid-season.
Mar 22 - 9:38 AM

Aaron Sanchez continued to impress on Friday, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 5-0.

Sanchez was facing eight regulars, too. He's now pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings spring, which doesn't include his four scoreless frames against the Canada junior national team on March 11. The Jays are still sure to send Sanchez down to Double-A to begin the season, but he may well force them to include him in their plans for 2014 at some point. He's put together the same kind of breakthrough performance this spring that Michael Wacha did last spring.
Mar 21 - 4:36 PM

Blue Jays prospect Aaron Sanchez had another strong outing on Sunday, allowing five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four scoreless innings against the Orioles.

The 21-year-old has had an eye-opening spring in major league camp, as he's yet to allow an earned run in seven innings spanning three appearances. That also doesn't include his outing on March 11 against the Canada junior national team, when the right-hander pitched four scoreless innings and struck out seven in relief. Sanchez is ticketed for Double-A to begin the season, but if he continues to make strides in his development, the Blue Jays may consider promoting him later in the summer.
Mar 17 - 1:40 PM

Aaron Sanchez pitched four scoreless innings and struck out seven in relief as a Blue Jays split-squad beat the Canada junior national team 12-2 on Tuesday.

It was 2-2 after four, but the Jays were able to dominate from there, thanks partly to Sanchez. One of the Jays' best prospects, he's pitched three scoreless innings in official games this spring. He's due to open the season in Double-A, but if he dominates there, the Jays might have reason to call him up in June or July
Mar 11 - 4:52 PM

Blue Jays prospect Aaron Sanchez turned in another impressive Arizona Fall League start on Thursday, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings.

The earned run charged to the 21-year-old was the first he'd allowed since a start on October 17. After getting off to a shaky start this fall, Sanchez allowed only seven hits and amassed 19 strikeouts over his final 18 1/3 innings (four starts). The promising right-hander spent over a month on the disabled list with shoulder soreness this year at High-A Dunedin and ultimately logged only 86.1 innings. Though he proved to be difficult to barrel with a .202 opponents’ batting average, Sanchez's 75-40 strikeout-to-walk ratio suggests plenty of room for improvement. He's unlikely to debut before the 2015 season, but Sanchez could emerge as one of the sport's top pitching prospects with a strong 2014 campaign.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 08:07:00 AM

Blue Jays pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez continued his domination of the Arizona Fall League on Friday, firing five no-hit innings in a victory over Peoria.

Sanchez walked one and hit a batter while punching out eight on the afternoon. The hard-throwing 21-year-old has compiled a stellar 0.98 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 18/9 K/BB ratio through 18 1/3 innings on the Fall season. Sanchez will make one more start for Salt River before being shut down for the season. He's expected to begin the 2014 campaign at Double-A, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him in Toronto at some point before the end of the season.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Dioner Navarro
2Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Dan Johnson
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Steve Tolleson
3Munenori Kawasaki
SS1Jose Reyes
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Juan Francisco
3Danny Valencia
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Colby Rasmus
2Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Adam Lind
Starting Pitcher
S1R.A. Dickey
2Brandon Morrow
3Mark Buehrle
4Drew Hutchison
5J.A. Happ
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
R1Casey Janssen
2Aaron Loup
3Brett Cecil
4Dustin McGowan
5Todd Redmond
6Aaron Sanchez
7Chad Jenkins