Confirming our best hopes, Shi Davidi tweeted earlier this evening that the club’s top prospect, Aaron Sanchez, who abruptly left his Wednesday night start for the Dunedin Blue Jays, did so due to a problem with a blister he has been dealing with of late.
Top #BlueJays prospect Aaron Sanchez left start in first with a blister yesterday. Not believed serious, team hopeful he makes next start
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 8, 2013
So that’s a relief.
Especially since something worse wouldn’t have come as a terrible surprise in this year gone so completely sideways, not only just at the big league level, but in terms of prospects too– from Roberto Osuna needing Tommy John, to glowing reports for the departed Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud, to the big league debut of Jake Marisnick, and a somewhat injury-plagued year from Sanchez himself.
Sanchez is still held in high esteem, of course– Keith Law ranked him the eighteenth best prospect in the game at midseason, despite Sanchez having missed over a month from mid-May to mid-June– but it hasn’t necessarily been the best of seasons for the 20-year-old. It hasn’t been bad, mind you, and maybe only seems a little pedestrian in comparison to the New York hype machine (that’s right) pumping Syndergaard’s tires, but Sanchez still hasn’t quite taken the step forward in terms of command that everybody is waiting for, with a walk rate of over 11%, and has seen his K-rate dip slightly– though it’s still impressively above 20% and among the league leaders despite his being one if just four 20-year-olds to have pitched more than 50 innings in the Florida State League this year (Syndergaard having been one of the others, before he was moved up to Double-A by the Mets).
Of course, Sanchez has lots of time to get the command in order, is still a consensus top 50 prospect (at least by the midseason lists from Law, John Sickels, Jason Parks, Marc Hulet and Jim Callis, as I noted in a mid-June post), and I wouldn’t put too much stock in my old fashioned scouting [read: "scouting"] by stat line anyway, but… yeah. Now he’s dealing with a blister– as Law suggested in his most recent chat.
And, y’know, we’re back to wishcasting on prospects.
2013, you guys!
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