Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curve: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55
First impressions aren’t the be-all and end-all in the often long development path for prospects, but they certainly don’t hurt. After signing for just $35,000 in 2015, Sanchez had a fairly ordinary debut in the Dominican Summer League. But when he showed up to pitch in the United States for the first time in 2016, he was lights out and led the Gulf Coast League in ERA.
A very efficient strike-thrower, Sanchez isn’t the tallest right-hander in the world, but he has plenty of arm. He’ll throw his fastball consistently in the 93-96 mph range and was up to 97-98 mph at times last summer. He separates himself from others at his level because of his outstanding fastball command, throwing his heater with movement in the zone that gets ground-ball outs and swings and misses. His curve is developing and could be a plus pitch in the future, and he has a good feel for his changeup. He’s strong and athletic, repeating his delivery well.
Between extended spring training and the GCL in 2016, Sanchez threw about 90 innings. That sets him up well for his first full season in the States, where he could very well add to that first impression as a potential impact starter in the big leagues.