Hey guys I took a run down to Columbia on Sunday to see the Fireflies take on the Lakewood Blueclaws. Sixto Sanchez was throwing which was a big reason for the trip.
Sanchez- Age 18, listed 6′ 185, bats and throws right. Sanchez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014.
I guessed on the field Sanchez was 6′ 200 lbs. He looked very well put together and in fantastic shape. He stands on the 1B side of the rubber and utilizes a 3/4 release point. The delivery has some effort to it but he’s athletic and super smooth. He repeats his mechanics very well. He has a very fast arm and finishes with his momentum going toward home plate. The ball comes out of his hand clean.
The fastball is electric, it sits 94-97 and touches 98. Despite being 6′ he gets to a fairly good plane and the pitch is coming down hill. He pounds the zone with the pitch. Nobody really barrelled the fastball all day. He held his velo, he was still sitting 94-96 in the 5th. 70
The 11/5 curve sits 76-80 and when he got on top of it showed decent bite, not easy to pick up out of hand. Wasn’t always finishing the pitch though, left some at the belt and they were hit hard. It’s a 55 pitch when he buries it.
The change up sat 83-85 and had some sink. He did a nice job selling the pitch, matching the arm speed of the fastball. There was a consistent 10 MPH gap between the fastball and change, which is ideal. He wasn’t consistently finishing the change up either. He left many of them at the belt and Columbia got some good swings on them. 50
Sanchez also threw a couple of pitches at 90-91 with cutting action, they stayed on one plane and ran away from righties.
Sequencing: Sanchez worked off of the fastball, throwing the pitch about 75% of the time. He threw the curve about 15% and the change 10% primarily to lefties.
Conclusion: Sanchez was facing Tim Tebow early in the game Sunday and he hit a slow roller up the 1st base line that was foul but for a second Tebow and Sanchez stood next to each other. Tebow is built like a truck but Sachez did not look small next to him. He’s thick and broad shouldered and I think he’ll be able to hold up to the rigers of throwing 200 + innings. He’s got electric arm speed and an explosive fastball. Both secondaries show some promise but need more consistency, particularly with his release point. He’s young and new to pitching. He was a shortstop until the Fall of 2014 (more on that here) http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-phillies/phillies-prospect-youll-soon-be-hearing-lot-about-sixto-sanchez). So where he is right now is pretty remarkable. With more consistency from both secondary pitches he could be a low end 2 or high end 3. If one or both take a step forward perhaps there’s more. He’s still so far away there is risk here but not as much as typical with a 18 year old pitcher. He’s already repeating and fastball command is a strength. He probably won’t move faster than a level a year if for no other reason than he has to build the innings.
MLB Prospect Portal captured Sanchez warming up for a game in Spring Training this yr.
Next up at Notes: I’ll be in Hickory tomorrow night getting my 1st look at the Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees). Look for a piece on CF Blake Rutherford. Cheers.