The Marlins aren't expected to promote top prospects like Sanchez to their 30-man roster in the wake of the team's COVID-19 outbreak, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. There will be a lot of holes to fill on the roster, but Miami is leaning towards adding players who already have some major-league experience rather than starting the service-time clocks on prospects like Sanchez or Jazz Chisholm. Sanchez will continue working out at the Marlins' alternate training site in Jupiter, Florida, but it seems as though his debut will have to wait until at least 2021.
Sanchez is part of the Marlins' 60-man player pool, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports. As a member of the 40-man roster, Sanchez's inclusion was inevitable. He is not too far away from being big-league ready, and the Marlins will want to responsibly build up his innings as much as possible, so he could be heard from in the majors this summer.
Sanchez is unlikely to pitch in a Grapefruit League game this spring, Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports. Sanchez is not injured, but according to the report, the Marlins are happy with his progress and want him ready for the long haul this season. While not pitching this spring would mean a late start to Sanchez's season in the minors, it sounds like the team is still planning to give him a shot at the top level at some point, and the delayed start could help him avoid being shut down later in the campaign.
Sanchez was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. This was an easy call for Miami on the final day to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft, as Sanchez is their top pitching prospect and one of the best pitching prospects in the game. He will likely open the year at Triple-A but could reach the majors sometime this summer.
Sanchez was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports. The Marlins managed Sanchez's workload with a late start to the season, but he'll move up after just two starts for High-A Jupiter. He didn't pitch particularly well in those two starts, allowing six runs in 11 innings while striking out just six batters, but the Marlins may simply have been treating those as a quick tune-up before he spends the bulk of the season with Jacksonville. Over his five-year minor-league career, the 20-year-old has a 2.60 ERA with a 21.4 percent strikeout rate and 4.9 percent walk rate.
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