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.

The Pirates have been taking things slowly with Sanchez, but stepped it up by moving him to the rotation.  The move probably shows they’re serious about developing him as a prospect; this is similar to the way they’ve handled Joely Rodriguez.  Sanchez will be with West Virginia in 2014, when he’ll still be only 21.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: 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: 2014
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.