Sanchez may have been an under-the-radar signing back in 2015 when the Phillies nabbed him for just $35,000. But starting with his United States debut in '16, when he won the Gulf Coast League ERA crown, he's been raising his prospect value exponentially. The only thing that's slowed him down has been the injury bug, with elbow inflammation shutting him down in early June in 2018, though that didn't stop the Marlins from insisting Sanchez be included in the package they received for trading J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia in February.
When healthy, Sanchez has perhaps the best combination of electric stuff and command of any pitcher in the Minor Leagues. He might appear undersized at six-feet tall, but he's deceptively strong, with an athletic and repeatable delivery. Sanchez throws both a two- and four-seam fastball, the former thrown with a lot of sink to get ground-ball outs and the latter cranked up to triple digits at times. Not only can Sanchez maintain velocity deep into starts, the fastball plays up because of movement and his plus command of the pitch. He can add and subtract from his breaking ball, and seeing it as a future plus strikeout pitch isn't out of the question. He shows good feel for his changeup as well, giving him the chance to have at least three above-average offerings.
Sanchez's workload has been limited, partially because of understandable caution and partially because of injury. A healthy and complete 2019 should help get him ready for an eventual career at or near the top of a big league rotation.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp from Jupiter Hammerheads.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Jupiter Hammerheads from Marlins Extended Spring Training.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Marlins Extended Spring Training from Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Miami Marlins traded C J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Sixto Sanchez, LHP Will Stewart and Future Considerations.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Clearwater Threshers activated RHP Sixto Sanchez from the 7-day disabled list.
Clearwater Threshers placed RHP Sixto Sanchez on the 7-day disabled list.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to GCL Phillies.
RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to DSL Phillies.
Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent RHP Sixto Sanchez to a minor league contract.