Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Anibal Sanchez 2009
Anibal Sanchez may be the perfect late round pick this year. A good current skillset combined with youth and high upside potential, all disguised by injury reduced totals and a horribly unlucky 5.57 ERA in 2008 make him a potential steal. Even though he's been around for a while, Sanchez is still only 25 years old. He missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, but came back to put up a K/9 of 8.0 (and BB/9 of 4.3) in almost 52 innings of work. His control is still a concern, but at 25 years old, there's reason to think it may improve over time, and his strikeout rate is good enough that he'll be fairly effective even if it doesn't. His injury history is also a concern of course, but late round picks all come with some baggage, and in Sanchez's case it seems well worth the risk.