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Aaron Sanchez | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 0) / TOR
Contract: view contract details
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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

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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

Aaron Sanchez struggled in a no-decision against the Rangers on Sunday, allowing six runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Sanchez punched out six on the afternoon while walking four. Two of the runs charged to him rode home on a three-run homer by Ian Desmond after Sanchez had departed in the seventh inning. Even with this rough outing, the young right-hander still sports a 3.29 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 45/21 K/BB ratio through 52 innings on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he takes on the Twins in Minnesota.
May 15 - 7:07 PM

Aaron Sanchez pitched seven innings of one-run ball Monday in a victory over the Giants.

Sanchez walked five, but the Giants could muster just three hits off him. Even after tonight, he still has a solid 39/17 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings for the year. It'd be nice if he didn't give up as many free passes, but that just means there's room for improvement.
May 10 - 3:04 AM

Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision after seven quality innings of three-run ball against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Things got off to a shaky start, as Sanchez allowed three base hits to the first three batters he faced, but the right-hander recovered nicely to collect his fifth quality start of the season. Aside from the six-run disaster against the Athletics on April 22, Sanchez has only surrendered six earned runs in 34 innings. Overall, he has a 2.82 ERA with a strong 3.32 FIP, indicating that his strong start perhaps has some staying power. He'll look to carry over his momentum when he takes the rubber against the Giants on the road on Monday.
May 4 - 10:04 PM

Aaron Sanchez delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Rays, racking up six strikeouts over seven scoreless innings of work.

Sanchez scattered six hits and a pair of walks on the night, never letting the Rays mount a serious threat against him. His transition to the starting rotation has gone incredibly well thus far, as Sanchez has compiled a 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings, that despite allowing six runs in his last outing. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Rangers at home on Wednesday.
Apr 29 - 9:59 PM

Aaron Sanchez finally hit a sizable speed bump, allowing six runs on 10 hits in Friday night's loss to Athletics.

Sanchez’s success has stemmed from throwing strikes and avoiding walks. And although he only issued a single free pass on Friday, he fell behind in counts and didn’t locate his pitches well inside the strike zone. This resulted in 10 hits, three of which were of the extra-base variety. It’s too early to throw the "luck" label on his first trio of starts, but this was the version of Aaron Sanchez that fantasy owners feared would appear too often. He’ll get the White Sox at home in his next outing.
Apr 22 - 10:36 PM

Aaron Sanchez flummoxed the Red Sox in Sunday's 5-3 win, allowing just one run on two hits over seven innings.

Sanchez struck out seven and walked four on the afternoon. The four walks aren't exactly enticing, but when you are surrendering just two hits, such things bury themselves a little deeper in the box score on an existential level. The lone run to cross the plate on Sanchez's watch came when Mookie Betts burned him for an RBI single in the fifth. The 23-year-old right-hander has been fantastic through three starts, surrendering three earned runs on 10 hits with a 20/7 K/BB ratio across 20 innings. Ride the fantasy sunshine while it is shining bright. Sanchez will look to keep the flame kindled in a scheduled home start against the A's next time he takes the ball.
Apr 17 - 5:18 PM

Aaron Sanchez pitched well but took a no-decision Tuesday, yielding two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Yankees.

Sanchez issued three walks, but he struck out five and gave up just three hits. Unfortunately, one of the hits was a Brian McCann solo homer in the sixth inning which tied up the game. It's early, but Sanchez's first two outings of the season have been very encouraging. He'll try to keep it going this weekend in Boston.
Apr 12 - 10:55 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
2Junior Lake
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Drew Storen
3Brett Cecil
4Jason Grilli
5Joe Biagini
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Chad Girodo
10Bo Schultz