Jesus Sanchez completed his third season with the DSL Marlins in 2018.
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Jesus Enrique Sanchez is a 5’11”, 150 lb. right-handed hitting and throwing pitcher from Chepo, Panama, population 2,989. One major leaguer has come out of the small town, right-handed pitcher Carlos Maldonado.
Sanchez was born on April 8th, 1999, and signed his first professional deal with the Miami Marlins on July 17th, 2015 at the age of 16-years-old. He got into his first professional action the following season with the rookie-level DSL Marlins in the Dominican Summer League. His performance was not passable at that time. He surrendered 13 earned runs on six walks and 14 hits in just five innings of work.
In 2017, Sanchez was notably better. He played in 12 contests, including one start, and posted a 3-2 record and a 4.76 ERA. Opponents tagged him for a .259 average, a 1.72 WHIP, and 17 walks in 22 2/3 innings. He also struck out 14 batters.
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Sanchez’ improvement continued in 2018 while he was still with the DSL Marlins. Even though he had a larger sample size than he had pitched in the past (30 2/3 innings), he came through by surrendering only 18 hits and 12 walks for a sub-1 WHIP. Sanchez allowed a 1.47 ERA and an opposing slashline of .175/.265/.272 over 117 plate appearances.
On June 11th, Sanchez pitched a perfect ninth inning as the Marlins dropped a 10-6 decision to the DSL Rays1. On July 18th, he earned his second save of the season by pitching 1 1/3 perfect innings in a 3-2 victory against the DSL Astros. In his longest outing of the season, on August 9th, Sanchez struck out five over 3 2/3 innings in an eventual 9-4 loss to the DSL Braves.
Sanchez’ career got kind of a slow start, but he came on like gangbusters last season. Expect to see him break camp with either the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League or maybe even at the full-season-A level with the Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League. If he continues the path he started down last season, the soonest he would get a chance to play for the Miami Marlins would be sometime around 2023.
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