With a plus-plus fastball, multiple plus secondaries, and improving command and control of his entire arsenal, Sanchez is tracking toward being the Marlins’ first true ace since Jose Fernandez.
When the Marlins acquired Sixto Sanchez as the centerpiece of the JT Realmuto trade, concerns over his ability to remain healthy dominated the conversation. The Fish and their fans can breathe a sigh of relief for now as the ultra-talented righty completed his longest season to date showing no ill effects from 2018’s elbow inflammation. That goes a long way into shedding a lot of the reliever risk that dogged his profile a year ago.
In 2019, Sixto improved on his sequencing, establishing his off speed pitches early in counts to improve his feel for it. This really helped develop his changeup this year. They complemented his fastball that sits 96-98 T100 which sometimes classify as two separate pitches because he toys with the grips. He begins closed and stays closed through the windup, finishing with a three quarters delivery with a quick arm that helps sell his pitches and his changeup especially. He also stays closed enough that his deception prevents any platoon splits.
Upon joining his new team, the Fish worked with him to straighten his delivery toward home plate, noting that he had a tendency to finish toward his left, which they said prevented his arm from decelerating naturally.
Look for a 2020 debut from Sanchez, perhaps at some point in June but with a chance at an earlier debut considering he’ll be added to the 40-man in the offseason.