The Miami Marlins have suffered numerous injuries up and down their roster so far during the 2021 season. The latest however might be the one that hurts the most.
That Miami Marlins injury update on Tuesday afternoon is in fact for injured starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez. We have yet to see the Marlins top prospect so far in 2021, and according to Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, we might have to might awhile longer to see Sanchez back with the big league club.
Sanchez has been working his way back from an injury, and had been steadily progressing through a throwing program. Unfortunately, it appears that the top prospect has suffered a minor setback, which could potentially begin put his availability to pitch in 2021 very much in doubt.
The Miami Marlins need to take their time with Sanchez.
Sanchez made his MLB debut during the 2020 season making seven starts for the Fish. Going 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA, Sanchez became a big part of the Marlins rotation, and even made two starts in last seasons postseason run.
Sanchez, even going back to his days in Philadelphia before being traded to the Marlins in the JT Realmuto deal, has been seen as one of the top young arms in baseball. Displaying an electric two and four-seam fastball, as well as a plus changeup along with a curveball and cutter, it’s clear why Sanchez’s pure stuff and control make him so special.
With a talent like Sanchez, you obviously want to take things slow. While every Marlins and baseball fan would love to see young 22-year old ace pitch this season, would it be smart to shut Sanchez down for 2021?
If everything goes according to plan, Sanchez could in a few days resume the throwing process once again. However, if Sanchez potentially suffers another setback this season, pitching in 2021 may be very much in doubt.