Aaron Sanchez #27 – 2013 Top 100
Toronto Blue Jays
Date of Birth: July 1st 1992(age 20)
Origin: 1st Round Pick(#34 overall) in 2010 out of Barstow HS(CA)
Al Skorupa: Aaron Sanchez is one of my favorite pitching prospects right now. We’ve been talking him up at Bullpen Banter since he was drafted and he’s really starting to deliver on his immense potential. Sanchez flashes dominant, nasty stuff. All three of his pitches project as above average offerings that can get major league hitters out. As an amateur he had teased us with some jumps up into the mid 90’s. These days he’s showing us present plus to plus plus velocity.. and it’s easy velocity. Easy velocity from a great pitcher’s frame that can still add good strength. In the past sources expressed concern that he’s had trouble repeating his delivery. Still, the feeling is Sanchez is athletic enough to figure it out and make the necessary adjustments. His command, control and feel should continue improve. He may have to take some statistical lumps against more advanced hitters this season, but Sanchez has the potential to rank among the top 5 or 10 prospects in baseball in 2014
JD Sussman: Sanchez does have nasty stuff, Al. His change-up features a lot of arm side run and one of the best pitches I saw all year. I find his control problems perplexing, though. His delivery is complex due to multiple timing mechanism and his long limbs don’t make body control any easier. But I expect him to figure it out as he gains his experience due to his notable athleticism.
Mike Schwartze: After all the wheeling and dealing that the Blue Jays made this last offseason, Sanchez became the clear top prospect in the system. Command is the biggest worry about him and he’ll take time to develop for the Jays but he has top of the rotation stuff. The fastball is electric, and his curve and change-up are filthy. He’ll have to make some adjustments on the mound to iron out the command and I expect the Blue Jays to be patient with him.
Fantasy Outlook by JD Sussman
Sanchez is a lottery ticket, but with ace upside he’s a must own in shallow keeper leagues. If he flames out because the command doesn’t come around, maybe you have a nice reliever. But, if he puts things together you’re looking at massive strikeout numbers. The WHIP may always be a concern, but he could be three category arm.