Bernie on the Scene: Evaluating NL Rookie Pitchers

Bernie on the Scene: Evaluating NL Rookie Pitchers

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

Last week, I began the first of four articles on MLB rookies who contributed to their team during this short season.

This week, I will feature rookie National League pitchers. Next week, I'll discuss rookie American League hitters, followed by rookie American League pitchers.

Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Marlins

After being signed by the Phillies as an international free agent, the hard-throwing Sanchez was traded to Miami in the blockbuster deal that sent catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia in February 2019.

Sanchez is a unique pitcher. He throws four pitches in his arsenal, but he uses them all equally. He throws a four-seam fastball at a consistent 98-100 mph. He also throws a sinking fastball that averages 96 mph. He compliments his fastballs with a changeup and a slider, all very solid major league quality pitches.

At 6-foot, 234, Sanchez doesn't fit the profile of today's taller more athletic pitchers. He's a bit stocky, but he has a terrific arm. 

With his velocity, one would think he would be a premiere strikeout pitcher. That hasn't been the case in his career. This year he struck out 7.6 hitters per nine innings. He pitches to contact and can yield some home runs in the process.

There is no question he just got his feet wet this year, but fantasy managers should be careful if they think Sanchez will blow away the opposition. He's hittable. In his seven starts, the opposition hit .250 off him. He can be beaten the third time

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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