ISAAC SANCHEZ
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 14, 1992
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2010
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Dominican Republic (born in the Bronx)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Sanchez was born in the Bronx, but the Pirates signed him out of the Dominican.  Despite having a slight build, he has a good arm, routinely hitting 93 during camp in 2012.

2010
DSL:  1-0-0, 1.04 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 8.2 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 9.2 K/9 

Had outstanding debut that was cut short after three DSL games.

2011
DSL:  0-0-0, 16.20 ERA, 2.40 WHIP, 1.2 IP, 10.8 BB/9, 5.4 K/9
R:  4-0-0, 4.06 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 31.0 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 5.8 K/9

Pitched one game in the DSL, then joined the GCL Pirates when their season started.  Was pitching well until a bad stretch in his last half dozen games raised his ERA from 1.52 to 4.06.  Had almost as many walks as strikeouts.

2012
R:  3-1-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 24.0 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 7.1 K/9
A-:  0-2-0, 13.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 9.0 BB/9, 4.5 K/9 

Sanchez spent most of 2012 in the GCL bullpen, where he pitched fairly well.  He didn’t allow many baserunners, but had just a decent K rate.  He moved up to State College late in the year and made three relief appearances.  He struggled badly in two of them, blowing late-inning leads in both games.

2013
A-:  1-1-0, 3.45 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 57.1 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 7.4 K/9

Sanchez spent the season in the Jamestown rotation.  He pitched fairly well overall, but was erratic, especially with his control.  For some reason, he struggled with right-handed hitters, who hit 287/378/404 against him.  He stifled lefties to the tune of 165/272/253.

2014
A:  3-4-6, 4.45 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 56.2 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 7.6 K/9

The Pirates moved Sanchez up to West Virginia, where he spent the season pitching out of the bullpen.  He had a good first half, with an ERA of 3.10, WHIP of 1.17 and opponents’ average of .218.  In the second half, though, those numbers ballooned to 5.86, 1.73 and .322, respectively.  The main problem was a horrific July, when opponents torched him for a 1.332 OPS; his second worse month, not counting one September outing, was .686 in April.  Overall, Sanchez had no platoon split.

The Pirates’ decision to move Sanchez back to the bullpen may say something about how they perceive his ceiling.  He did have a good year in 2014 outside of one awful month.  He should be at Bradenton in 2015, when he’ll spend the season at age 22.  He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft but isn’t likely to be selected.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 17, 2010: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.