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Blue Jays call up pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez

Jul 22, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Aaron Sanchez AP AP

In the wake of last night’s blowout loss to the Red Sox the Blue Jays have decided to call up 22-year-old pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez from the minors.

Sanchez’s numbers this season haven’t been particularly impressive, including an underwhelming 4.19 ERA and 27/17 K/BB ratio in 34 innings at Triple-A, but he was a first-round draft pick in 2010 and ranked as a consensus top-50 prospect coming into this season.

Sanchez has very good raw stuff, but has always struggled with his control and has walked 4.8 batters per nine innings for his pro career. That includes 5.5 walks per nine innings at Double-A and 4.5 walks per nine innings at Triple-A.

It’s hard to imagine control that poor playing particularly well versus big-league hitters, but Sanchez has been shifted to the bullpen in part to limit his workload at age 22 and in part because the Blue Jays think he has a chance to help them a lot as a reliever down the stretch. Let him loose for an inning or two at a time and perhaps the control issues won’t be so dramatic.

  1. missthemexpos - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Less pressure for the rookie after the Jays get spanked at home 14 -1.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Well that did not take long. Goins is also coming to Toronto. No word yet on who gets the axe.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Goins is hitting .285 in Buffalo. He replaces Tolleson who is going on paternity leave. Would not be surprised if Mills gets the axe after giving up 8 runs yesterday.

      • nbjays - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Mills came in to put out Hutchison’s fire with an extinguisher full of gasoline.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        The latest rumour has Esmil Rogers also being called up. That would require another roster move. Mills is almost certainly a goner.

      • jwbiii - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        As expected, #BlueJays will DFA Brad Mills today per source. The move will create roster space for Aaron Sanchez.— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 22, 2014

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Mills was designated for assignment. Kratz back to Buffalo and Tolleson to paternity leave. Sanchez, and Rogers added to the bullpen and Goins replaces Tolleson.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Oops! Mastrioanni to Buffalo and no word yet on Tolleson.

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