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Friday, May 7, 2010

Scouting Report, LHP Jonathan Sanchez

This 27 year old left-hander threw a no-hitter last July, and over his next 10 starts he turned in six quality starts, 75 strikeouts versus 27 walks in 59 2/3 innings. But then he reverted back to his inconsistent self, and in the last five starts of the year, he failed to get out of the sixth inning, allowing 36 base-runners and six home runs in 25 innings pitched.  Multiple scouts have made the comp to OLIVER PEREZ. For those reading at home, that's not good.

He has a live arm and throws from a 3/4 arm slot. He has a sneaky fast 91-94 mph fastball, and compliments it with a biting slider and a split finger/change up that runs down and away from righties. Scuffles with his mechanics and command at times and loses focus with adversity (sound like Ollie P??). He's a fly-ball pitcher, who misses a ton of bats (9.5 K/9 for career, 11.5 K/9 this year), but also walks a bunch (4.72 W/9 career, 5.6 W/9 for the year). His slider was his most effective pitch last year, but this year his fastball has been his best pitch.

Overall he has filthy stuff, but like Oliver Perez, can lose focus and command quickly. In three of his five starts this year he hasn't lasted more than 5 innings, but he has a 2.48 ERA.

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