Miami Marlins Rotation: Opening Day 2023

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Braxton Garrett #94 of the Miami Marlins throws the ball against the St Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on February 26, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Cardinals 8-7. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Braxton Garrett #94 of the Miami Marlins throws the ball against the St Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on February 26, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Cardinals 8-7. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 07: Sixto Sanchez #45 of the National League Futures Team. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Sixto Sanchez joined the Miami Marlins organization from the Philadelphia Phillies prior to 2019 Spring Training via trade. He came over along with Marlins starting catcher Jorge Alfaro and minor league pitcher Will Stewart for all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Sanchez is a six-foot, 185 lb. right-handed starter from San Cristobal, DR. Boasting both a two- and a four-seam fastball that grades out at 75 on an 80 point scale, Sanchez ranks as the Marlins top overall prospect and as the number 22 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

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Along with his top-shelf fastball repertoire, Sanchez also relies on a curveball and a changeup to round out his stable of pitches.

"Sanchez throws both a two- and four-seam fastball, the former thrown with a lot of sink to get ground-ball outs and the latter cranked up to triple digits at times. Not only can Sanchez maintain velocity deep into starts, the fastball plays up because of movement and his plus command of the pitch. He can add and subtract from his breaking ball, and seeing it as a future plus strikeout pitch isn’t out of the question. He shows good feel for his changeup as well, giving him the chance to have at least three above-average offerings. — MLB Pipeline"

Like Cabrera, Sanchez also split last season between the Hammerheads and the Jumbo Shrimp. In 18 starts at the Double-A level, he posted an 8-4 record and a 2.53 ERA, with 97 strikeouts in 103 innings of work. He dropped a 1.029 WHIP for the Shrimp, walking only 19 batters for a 1.7 BB/9 rate.

Also like Cabrera, Sanchez may make his major league debut with the Miami Marlins in this season. He’ll be part of the rotation until at least 2023.

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