Congratulations to Eduardo Sanchez (no, not Kenny Powers’ long lost father) who graduated from triple-A to the big leagues after only 30 innings in Memphis. His call-up was expedited by the decision to place Tallet on the DL when he fractured his right hand on this outstanding play.
Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein ranked Sanchez as the Cards’ 6th best prospect and believes that he has the upside to be a late-inning reliever:
Sanchez shocked scouts by cranking 94-98 mph heat out of a build more reminiscent of the bat boy’s than a power pitcher’s. He’ll flash a plus slider with good two-plane break, and he wants the ball in pressure situations.
Derrick Goold chimed in on Sanchez’s play in winter ball:
In 14 games with the Tigres, Sanchez, one of the top reliever prospects in the system, went 0-1, 10.13 ERA in 14 games. He had command problems, walking 12 and striking out eight in 10 2/3 innings. Sanchez was one of the Cardinals’ reps at last year’s Futures Game, and despite a slight build Sanchez has a fastball with pop.
Sanchez featured the kind of strikeout rates you want to see from a pitcher who (1) projects as a dominant reliever and (2) has average groundball rates.
And, as I type this, the Cardinals are really handing it to the Diamondbacks, 9-0. Maybe we’ll see the 22-year-old’s debut tonight.