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Phillies Minor Thoughts:
Role: #2 Starter
Risk: Extreme – Sanchez is very young, and his track is limited. He has shown the raw stuff and polish to be a high end starting pitcher, but a lot can go wrong between the GCL and the majors.
Summary: No prospect raised their profile more this year than Sanchez. He started the year completely off of prospect radars, and he was not one of the players brought stateside for spring training. Even though he was the opening day starter for the GCL Phillies, he was throwing 91-95, and was more of an intriguing prospect, than a breakout one. Between that first start and the end of the year, Sanchez evolved from a 17 year old throwing low 90s to an 18 year old routinely touching 98 to 99. It is not just velocity for Sanchez, who sports a curveball and changeup that both flash plus potential. He also flashed a low 90s slider in his last few appearances of the regular season. In addition to his pitches in isolation, Sanchez has shown the ability to locate his pitches at a rate beyond his years. Sanchez dominated the Gulf Coast League by keeping hitters off balance and generating a large quantity of weak contact. The weak contact, coupled with a stingy walk rate and solid strikeout rate, allowed Sanchez to pitch deep into games without racking up high pitch counts. There are few young starters who can match Sanchez’s raw stuff, but he does have some detractions. The most obvious is his height, Sanchez is listed at 6’0”, and that might be slightly generous. His solid build and plus stuff should answer most questions about his ability to stick as a starter, but the questions will remain until he has success at upper levels. Additionally, he is only 18 and an absolute eternity from the majors. Sanchez’s stuff and feel give him the ceiling of a front line starting pitcher, but he is far away from that.
2017 Outlook: Sanchez is polished enough to make the jump to full season ball at age 18. The only question is how many innings the Phillies let him pitch at Lakewood, as they could look to limit his workload.
There has been no Phillies pitcher who has generated the buzz in the last month than Sanchez has in his first taste of stateside action. Sanchez just turned 18 this week and is relatively small (listed at 5’10” and maybe is 5’11”) for a big time pitching prospect. However, this GCL season Sanchez has moved quickly from a guy sitting 91-95 to a guy sitting 93-96 and touching up to 97-99 is some his starts. So far he has shown that he can throw the pitch for strikes and has generated large quantities of weak contact. His offspeed pitches show potential, but need work, which is not out of the ordinary for a pitcher as young as him. Sanchez is a guy who will be right on the cusp of the Phillies’ top prospects due to the combination of age and velocity, but there are still some things he needs to work through to get past the concerns about his size and establish himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the system.
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