2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Anibal Sanchez
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Anibal Sanchez and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Nationals' new right-hander during the 2019 MLB season.
Trying to change perception in fantasy can be difficult. However, one way a pitcher can improve, by adding a pitch or adjusting his arsenal. Anibal Sánchez did use a cutter in 2017 with mixed results. Last year, he not only used the pitch more, it allowed Sanchez to finish with the second lowest average exit velocity yielded according to Statcast data among all pitchers with at least 150 batted ball events. Among starters, he ranked tied for first with Brent Suter .
Depending on the site, Sanchez ramped up the cutter usage at least 12-percent last year compared to 2017. He also threw more change-ups and fewer fastballs en route to a rebound season. Sanchez went 7 - 6 over 136.2 innings with 135 strikeouts, 42 walks, a 2.83 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. While this could scream regression for 2019, it’s going to depend on if Sanchez continues the path he forged this season.
Before delving into his individual pitch statistics, here’s an illustration of his arsenal courtesy of Baseball...