To answer the question posed by the title, apparently so. At least, according to this cock-ripplingly fantastic tweet from Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus:
— Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) March 27, 2013
So you’re telling me there’s a shoot!
Parks later clarified that he was indeed talking about Ricky Romero’s soon-to-be Dunedin teammate. So… uh… maybe we’re not quite over the whole prospect thing yet?
Speaking of Sanchez, he got a– glowing, as usual– mention in BP’s Notes From The Field piece today by Zach Mortimer, as did no less than 20 other Jays prospects on whom scouting notes are provided.
“Fastball 94-97; life down in the zone; curveball 80-82; sharp breaker; easy plus potential; changeup 83-85; fades out of zone; solid-average potential; filling out frame,” Mortimer wrote. “The ball comes out of his hand free and easy and explodes into the zone. The command still needs some work, as he can lose his fastball to the armside, and not stay on top of the CB every time. Sanchez, only 20, has future no. 2 starter potential and will start the season in High-A Dunedin.”
You may balk at the number two stuff, rather than calling him a number one, but… yeah, no, we all should be thrilled with that report. And if you’re a BP subscriber, the rest of Mortimer’s notes on the Jays prospects are well worth reading as well, as he was notably a bit down on guys like Marcus Knecht, Mitch Nay and Dwight Smith Jr., but very positive on Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, and (via sources who saw the injured pitcher in instructs) Mat Smoral.
Most impressively, though, was the fact that he gave some insight on why the Jays might have been so quick to give up on Travis d’Arnaud, with an unbelievable report on Lansing-bound catcher Santiago Nessy, who he calls a “solid receiver” with “plus arm strength,” “solid-average bat-to-ball ability” and “plus-plus or better leadership ability on the field.”
“The one prospect who has jumped out to me this spring with his ability to lead his team from behind the plate,” Mortimer writes. “Nessy, who his bilingual, keeps his team involved in the games at all times. He has no problem leading by example, or calming his pitchers at any moment. To hear about all of Nessy’s intangibles, one might suspect that he’s inferior on the offensive side of the ball, but that is not the case. He shows power all the way to right-center and creates frequent loud contact.”