Player Profile: Sixto Sanchez
The Phillies sent Sixto Sanchez to the Miami Marlins in the J.T Realmuto trade. For everyone that doesn’t know, Sanchez is a 20-year-old flame thrower. Sanchez was the Phillies top pitching prospect. He was untouchable, or so many people thought. However, with Realmuto on the table, the Phillies decided that the catcher was more important to their team right now.
As for the Marlins, they got rid of a player who didn’t want to be in Miami anymore. Sanchez has the real potential to be a front line starter in the majors.
The Miami Marlins have acquired catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-handed pitcher Sixto Sánchez, left-handed pitcher Will Stewart and international bonus pool money from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher J.T. Realmuto.
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— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) February 7, 2019
Minor League career
Although Sanchez is just 20 years old, he has played 4 professional seasons in the Phillies farm system. Within those 4 seasons, Sanchez has accumulated about what you would expect from the ace of your staff. His career record is 15-12 with a 2.48 ERA in 221.1 innings. He also has 191 strikeouts and just 43 walks. The walks are important with Sanchez because the belief was that he would have to work hard with his command.
Sanchez has been so effective because of his fastball. Scouts have rated it as a 70 out of the possible 80. He has regularly touched triple digits with this pitch.
— Fish On The Farm (@marlinsminors) February 7, 2019
This is incredibly important for Marlins’ fans to understand, Sanchez will be just 21 years old in 2019. He also has only reached the single-A+ level on the minor leagues. There is still a lot of work to be done, but his stuff will play in the majors.
Something that needs to be said about Sanchez is his injury history. He has struggled to stay on the field in his 4 professional seasons. The most recent injust was elbow inflammation. This caused him to throw just 43 innings in 2018.
Depending on how Sanchez bounces back from injury, I expect him to pitch in double-A for the Marlins. This will help him continue to progress. The more innings that Sanchez gets under his belt, the better.
Here's Sixto Sanchez attacking hitters back in 2017, via @jnorris427
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) February 7, 2019