It was a disappointing 2017 season for Aaron Sanchez, as the right-hander was only able to make eight starts due to a recurring blister issue. His last appearance came in mid-July, and throughout the course of the year he posted a 4.25 ERA and 1.72 WHIP; Sanchez was unable to get into any sort of groove. This came on the heels of a breakout 2016 campaign in which Sanchez recorded a 3.00 ERA over 192 innings with the peripherals to mostly back it up (7.6 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 0.70 HR/9). He wasn't able to make another leap into the upper echelon of hurlers this past season, but there's legitimate hope that he will regain his form following a full offseason of rest, although it's no lock that the blister epidemic will just fade away. Health provided, the 25-year-old should slide into the front-end of Toronto's rotation, just behind Marcus Stroman.
Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said Monday that Sanchez, who was limited to just eight starts in 2017 due to recurring blister issues, has been sharp in the early stages in spring training and will go through a normal throwing program leading up to Opening Day, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. In addition to the blister problems, Sanchez was later revealed to have been diagnosed with ligament damage in his right middle finger last season, but it appears there's no concern about the 25-year-old on either front heading into the upcoming campaign. During his last healthy season in 2016, Sanchez looked like one of top young aces in all of baseball while putting together a 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 161 strikeouts in 192 innings, so his fantasy ceiling is high if he's able to avoid frequent trips to the disabled list.
Sanchez (finger) has been throwing pain-free since January and will be a full participant in Blue Jays' spring training, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. After bursting onto the scene with a strong 2016 campaign (3.00 ERA over 192 innings), Sanchez struggled to recreate that success this past season, posting a pedestrian 4.25 ERA (5.30 xFIP) and making just eight starts while batting a nagging finger blister throughout the year. According to Chisholm's report, Sanchez also sustained ligament damage in his right middle finger while rehabbing his blister injury. The good news is that the 25-year-old has been given a clean bill of health entering spring camp and is poised to put together a solid bounce-back performance assuming he can stay healthy. If Sanchez can regain his 2016 form, he'll prove to be a screaming value at his current ADP of 222.
Sanchez (finger) agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal with the Blue Jays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. Sanchez was prohibited by blister issues throughout most of the 2017 season, as the right-hander was only able to start eight games after providing a phenomenal campaign in 2016. Positively, he should be ready for action by the start of spring training since he was able to resume throwing in December. Looking ahead, Sanchez will form a solid 1-2 combo with Marcus Stroman atop Toronto's rotation, but his finger ailment will remain something to keep an eye on.
Sanchez (finger) played catch Tuesday for the first time since he was shut down in September, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. There were no issues with his finger or fingernail after the session, so he should continue to gradually ramp up his activity. After being aggressively pushed to 192 innings in 2016, Sanchez broke down last season and logged just 44 innings between the minors and majors. The Blue Jays figure to keep him on a starter's track again in 2018, but he is very much a lottery ticket for fantasy purposes.
Sanchez (finger) is being evaluated in Florida on Monday and could begin playing catch in the near future, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Sanchez spent most of the 2017 campaign on the disabled list with blister issues on his finger, making just eight starts (36 innings) and last appearing in a game in July. If everything checks out, the 25-year-old could be cleared to resume throwing as early as Tuesday. A healthy Sanchez will look to get back on track after last year's injury-riddled campaign, as he posted an impressive 3.00 ERA in 30 starts (192 innings) in 2016.