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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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Aaron Sanchez said Thursday that he is open to serving any role for the Blue Jays in 2015.
Sanchez excelled in a relief role last season for Toronto, but he was a terrific starter in the minors and should get serious consideration for a rotation spot this spring. "I would like to start but I understand the situation," Sanchez said. "We have a good team this year and have a chance to win a lot of ballgames and if that means me pitching at the back-end of the bullpen helps this team win more games then obviously that’s what I’m here to do." Jan 22 - 12:28 PM

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Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that it's possible Aaron Sanchez could remain in the bullpen next season.

The Jays still view Sanchez as a starter long-term, but it's possible he'll be used in relief again if they should bring in a starter. "That's definitely a scenario that could happen," Anthopoulos said. Sanchez was lights-out as a reliever last season for Toronto, posting a 1.09 ERA and 0.70 WHIP over 33 innings. He'd certainly be a weapon there in 2015 if that's where he ends up, but he's also just 22 and his future as a starter is bright.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 03:29:00 PM

Aaron Sanchez worked a scoreless ninth inning, earning his third save of the season on Wednesday as the Blue Jays topped the Mariners.

It was Sanchez, not regular closer Casey Janssen, who got the call after Mark Buehrle allowed the lead-off runner to reach base in the ninth inning. Sanchez picked off James Jones, then got Austin Jackson to strike out and Dustin Ackley to ground out to end the frame. Sanchez has flashed solid stuff since joining the Jays to begin the second half. He's sitting on a 1.15 ERA with a 0.67 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:13:00 PM

Aaron Sanchez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season on Wednesday against the Rays.

Regular closer Casey Janssen endured a tough August and manager John Gibbons sounded as if Sanchez could be used in save situations on a more frequent basis. Against the Rays, the right-hander allowed a two-out hit but struck out Ben Zobrist to end the game. He owns a 1.52 ERA, 0.59 WHIP, and a 22/3 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 11:05:00 PM

Aaron Sanchez could get more multi-inning save chances down the stretch for the Blue Jays.

Sanchez has been dominant out of the Toronto bullpen since his July 22 promotion and Jays closer Casey Janssen is in a bit of a slump. "We're trying to maximize who [Sanchez] is," manager John Gibbons said this weekend. "So if he goes out there and he's got one inning under his belt and it's easy, we're going to ride him." Sanchez earned six outs for his first major league save Saturday against the Yankees.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 09:37:00 AM

Aaron Sanchez recorded six outs against the Yankees on Saturday for his first major league save.

Inheriting a 2-0 lead from Drew Hutchison, Sanchez struck out two out of the three batters he faced in the eighth inning before coming back out for the ninth. Struggling closer Casey Janssen was warming in the bullpen during the inning and might have come in if he got into trouble. It didn't happen, as Sanchez sat the Yankees down in order in the ninth, including a strikeout looking to Brian McCann to end it. Sanchez owns a 1.66 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio over his first 21 2/3 innings in the majors.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 03:47:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 03:19:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 09:10:00 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.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 03:11:00 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.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 01:58:00 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.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 10:40:00 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.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 11:06:00 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.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 03:06:00 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.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 02:49:00 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.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 12:33:00 PM