While four of his teammates will play in the Florida State League All-Star Game on June 12th, Jesus Sanchez will get to take a few days off. But that doesn’t mean the right-hander didn’t deserve a spot in the game.
In just his second-year as a pitcher, Sanchez is 5-4, 2.97 with Clearwater this year having been a model of consistency for the Threshers.
In his 10 appearances, he has allowed more than two earned runs just twice (three runs both times) and in his last five starts, he’s gone at least six innings, has given up two earned runs or less, and is 4-1.
Still just 22, keep in mind that he began pitching in Instructional League back in 2008. We remember his first start, Easter Sunday of 2009, when he didn’t get out of the first inning. But from May 10 last year (31 appearances), Sanchez is 14-8, 3.0 over two leagues.
Not bad for a guy who was considered the least important part of the Bobby Abreu trade in 2006, and is the last one standing in the Phillies organization from the trade.
Very quietly he’s done a great job.
This was Gorm Heimueller, Phillies Minor League Pitching Coordinator, in August:
He’s not only a hard worker but he’s very smart. He picks up stuff. A lot of it has been fastball change-up, he needs to improve on his breaking ball, he knows that. From a year ago, his improvement has been great to see.
I’m sure a lot of that would still apply today, but don’t forget about Sanchez. I would guess he’d be in Clearwater the entire 2010 season due to his relative inexperience. And his future might be as a reliever, especially if his breaking ball doesn’t come around completely, but so far so good.