TORONTO- Let’s face it, Aaron Sanchez has been the best starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. The 24-year old All Star has been the story about whether Sanchez should remain in the rotation or be put in the bullpen.
Sanchez continues to impress as he went 7 innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out 5 during last Tuesday’s 5-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With his recent outing, Sanchez has already pitch 125.1 innings, which is eight shy of his career high (133.1 innings in 2014). Now that the young righty is 10-1 with a 2.87 ERA, his dominating season complex John Gibbon’s plans to manage his young all star’s workload.
Sanchez’s innings limit has been a dilemma for the Blue Jays going forward as the Aug 1. non-waiver trade deadline is more than a week away. There has been some internal discuss about whether or not if Sanchez should indeed go back to the bullpen. If Sanchez remains in the rotation, the Blue Jays may have one of the best starting rotation, who leading the majors with 602.2 innings pitch. If Sanchez is back in the bullpen, he does fill one hole in their back end of their relief core. Either way, the Blue Jays need to add an arm or two at the trade deadline.
Sanchez should remain as a starter. His stuff is just too good to be put back to the pen with his hard sinker that can tough 98 at times. His curveball is just nasty. And his changeup has been his much improve pitch. His mechanics and delivery looks so much cleaner and consistent. The one aspect that is so impressive is his command. He only allowed 37 walks in 125.1 innings.
Sure Gibbons wants to protect his young starter’s arm as many baseball fans saw New York Mets’ Matt Harvey needed season-ending shoulder surgery and Noah Syndergaard is currently dealing a bone spur in his right elbow. There has been a increase total of pitchers needing Tommy John Surgery in the last five seasons.
In the end, Sanchez already proved that he belongs in the rotation and should continue to pitch until he does feel fatigue. Maybe he could skip a couple of starts to not put alot of stress in his arm. Plus you never know if Sanchez is more effective as a reliever than he is as a starter. Though he does have a good track record pitching out of the pen over the past two seasons.
In the end, Sanchez is viewed as a starter and should remain as a starter. A potential CY Young Award candidate has the potential to be the next Roy Halladay and his future is looking very bright going forward.