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Jesus Sanchez: Marlin on the Rise

Righty pitcher Jesus Sanchez went 3-2 for the DSL Marlins in 2017.

For the 2016-17 offseason, we counted down the Top 100 all-time Marlins. This offseason, we will instead cast our eyes ahead. I’ll be outlining the Top 100 Marlins prospects, as chosen by you on the ranker.com listing.

Today marks our fourth in getting into the Marlins system, but we’re already taking a second look at the 40-29 DSL Marlins’ pitching staff. Jesus Sanchez, initially from Chepo, Panama, is a 5’11”, 150 lb. right-handed pitcher. Born on April 8th, 1999, he joined DSL last season for four games in June.

Sanchez’ results were not what you would write home about, allowing a slash line of .538/.625/.692 to opposing batters in five innings overall. He walked six, allowed 14 hits, and struck out two batters.

Sanchez rejoined DSL for the 2017 campaign, and performed at what I would consider replacement level. He earned a 4.76 ERA and walked more batters than he struck out, 17 to 14 while plunking four batters. He did go 3-2, starting one game and saving another, and allowed a .259 opposing batting average in 22.2 innings pitched. On the plus side, he didn’t allow any triples or home runs, keeping opposing batters to a .365 slugging percentage. Sanchez was far better at home than on the road, allowing opposing slash lines of .200/.379/.311 and .325/.451/.425 respectively.

If Sanchez can get some of that youthful exuberance out of his system and keep the ball over the plate a little better, there’s time for improvement. He should spend the 2018 campaign with DSL for a third time, and may be ready for the next step.