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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. 300) / TOR
Contract: view contract details
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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

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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

Aaron Sanchez deserved a win but got a no-decision Tuesday, striking out eight while tossing seven frames of one-run ball versus the Rays.

Sanchez gave up a long solo home run to Corey Dickerson, but he yielded just five hits on the night and didn't walk anyone. It was a very encouraging performance from the young right-hander after he won a spot in the Blue Jays' rotation with a strong spring. He'll try to keep it going against the Yankees next week.
Apr 5 - 10:41 PM

Aaron Sanchez has earned a spot in the Blue Jays' starting rotation.

Sanchez won the job by registering a brilliant 1.35 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 20 innings in the Grapefruit League. Gavin Floyd was also very good this spring as Sanchez's competition for the club's final rotation spot, but he will head to the bullpen and pitch in long relief initially. Sanchez, 23, carries high-level fantasy upside in a starting role. He will be on a workload limit of some sort, but the young righty is worth scooping up in a majority of mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 28 - 9:27 AM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that "we pretty much know what it is" when it comes to who will be the club's fifth starter.

Gibbons then tried to confuse everyone when asked if the No. 5 starter competition had been decided, saying "No. But we got a pretty good idea – well … no." The competition is down to Aaron Sanchez and Gavin Floyd, as Jesse Chavez will be used in long relief and Drew Hutchison is expected to be in Triple-A Buffalo's rotation. Both have been great this spring, as Sanchez holds a 1.35 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 20 innings and Floyd boasts a 2.19 mark with 11 strikeouts across 12 1/3 frames. Sanchez certainly has more upside, but it's possible his success as a reliever could work against him here.
Source: Sportsnet
Mar 25 - 9:18 AM

Aaron Sanchez pitched 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in his start Wednesday against the Mets.

Sanchez was facing a lineup with just 1 1/2 regulars in it, making this the second time in three starts that he's benefited from teams not bringing their starters. Still, Sanchez is throwing well and has to be the clear favorite to serve as Toronto's fifth starter at this point. He has a 1.35 ERA and a 19/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. While he was competing for a rotation spot last spring (and winning one, by default), he had a 5.16 ERA and an 11/10 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings.
Mar 23 - 4:38 PM

Aaron Sanchez held the Astros to one run in 4 2/3 innings and struck out five in the Blue Jays' 7-2 victory Friday.

Sanchez got a quick visit to the mound in the second when the Jays saw something they did like. However, he was really strong today, and at this point, it'd be something of an upset if he's not the Jays' fifth starter to begin the year. We're still not all that high on him as a fantasy sleeper, but the sky would be the limit if his secondary stuff comes along.
Mar 18 - 4:37 PM

Aaron Sanchez pitched four shutout innings and struck out four versus a Rays split-squad on Sunday.

The Rays did Sanchez a big favor by bringing just one regular to Dunedin, that being James Loney. Sanchez feasted on the rest of the minor leaguers, getting seven groundouts to go along with the four K's. It's another step forward for his rotation candidacy.
Mar 13 - 6:08 PM

Aaron Sanchez allowed one run and struck out three in three innings against the Braves on Monday.

Sanchez gave up five hits, but he didn't walk anyone, allowing him to minimize the damage. He's given up two runs in five innings this spring as he attempts to secure the fifth spot in Toronto's rotation.
Mar 7 - 4:59 PM

Aaron Sanchez could begin the year in the minor leagues if he can't win the No. 5 spot in the Blue Jays' starting rotation.

If the Blue Jays are serious about using Sanchez as a starter, another year in the bullpen won't do him any good. Sanchez is battling Jesse Chavez, Gavin Floyd and Drew Hutchison for the last spot in Toronto's rotation. If he can't secure it, the Blue Jays would likely stretch him out in the minor leagues until a spot opens up. For what it's worth, Sanchez went 5-4 with a 3.55 ERA as a starter last year compared to 2-2 with a 2.39 ERA out of the bullpen.
Source: bluejays.com
Mar 5 - 6:07 PM

Aaron Sanchez gave up a solo homer and struck out three in his two innings Wednesday as the Blue Jays and Phillies played to a 4-4 tie.

A strong spring will probably result in Sanchez getting the fifth spot in Toronto's rotation over Jesse Chavez and Drew Hutchinson. It's worth a try, since he does offer excellent stuff, but the guess here is that the Jays would be better off leaving him in the pen.
Mar 2 - 4:17 PM

Aaron Sanchez has put on 25 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Sanchez wants to return to the Blue Jays' starting rotation, so he put on the weight in hopes of being more durable. "The extra weight allows me to use more of my body," explained Sanchez, who worked out with teammate Marcus Stroman this offseason. "I felt that, in the past, I was more upper-body oriented and this extra weight allows me to use more of my lower body." Sanchez missed some time with a lat injury last season and posted a 3.22 ERA and 61/44 K/BB ratio over 92 1/3 innings between the rotation and the bullpen.
Jan 20 - 8:59 AM

Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports that Aaron Sanchez wants to return to the Blue Jays starting rotation next season.

He has been preparing as such this winter, working with the same trainers who directed the rehab of Marcus Stroman. With Friday's acquisition of Drew Storen adding a capable setup man to the back end of the Jays' bullpen, a return to the rotation for Sanchez now looks much more feasible.
Jan 9 - 12:03 AM

Blue Jays beat writer Richard Griffin expects Aaron Sanchez to return to the starting rotation next season.

Sanchez began this season in the rotation but suffered a shoulder injury and was moved to the bullpen upon his return. With David Price, Mark Buehrle and Marco Estrada all entering free agency, the Blue Jays will have to rebuild their rotation. Sanchez went 5-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 starts this year.
Source: Toronto Star
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 07:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2Matt Dominguez
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Matt Dominguez
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Roberto Osuna
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Ryan Tepera
10Joe Biagini