According to Mike Puma, RHP Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to throw in front of scouts in Miami Saturday. The Mets were attending his throwing session in October and could take another look this weekend.
Sanchez always has had the talent, but the health is a major concern. He had shoulder surgery on a torn capsule in 2019, and hasn’t returned since. He has also battled some blister issues in his career.
In 2019, Sanchez also struggled with command as he walked 4.7 per nine over 131.1 total innings. He pitched to a 5.89 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. Pitching thru shoulder pain, could be the reason.
In 2017 and 2018 he wasn’t healthy or effective and only threw a combined 141 innings. Over that span he pitched to a 4.72 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP. Walks and hits allowed are a major concern with inability to strike batters out.
2016 was Sanchez big season. He pitched 192 innings to a 3.00 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP. After the 2016 season, Sanchez career numbers were very good (2.86 ERA in 317.1IP)
Unfortunately the success was a long time ago. The time the Mets went to the playoffs, which feels like ages. There is nothing against letting scouts look to see if Sanchez still has something left in the tank, but I don’t see it being the case. His high walk rates and low career strikeout totals are a major red flag.
Still a MILB deal couldn’t hurt the team. Who knows if there is something left after he got healthy. Sanchez is just 28 years of age and didn’t pitch a ton of innings in his career, so not a bad thing to send a scout.