Miami Marlins starter Sixto Sánchez could find a new home with the Colorado Rockies
The Miami Marlins may not have Sixto Sánchez on their team much longer and the Colorado Rockies could take advantage of that.
Sánchez, 23, made his MLB debut with the Marlins in 2020 after the Marlins acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies in the J.T. Realmuto trade before the 2019 season.
In 2020, Sánchez had a good season as he was called up in late August and made seven starts for the Marlins from that point forward. He posted a 3.46 ERA in that span with an ERA+ of 132. He had a FIP of 3.50, a WHIP of 1.205, and he walked 2.5 and struck out 7.6 batters per nine innings.
He also made two postseason starts for them and he had a 4.50 ERA.
The problem with Sánchez is that he is on the outs with the Marlins, according to Craig Mish of The Miami Herald. Sánchez was ready for the majors (as he showed in 2020) but to keep his service time clock back (and have an extra year of service time), the Marlins optioned him to their alternate training site at the end of Spring Training.
In his first simulated outing, he injured his shoulder and required season-ending shoulder surgery. He ended up on the minor league IL so he lost out on an entire year of MLB service.
Sánchez could be a huge help for the Rockies as he is one of the best prospects in baseball. He was MLB.com’s #15 overall prospect entering the 2021 season due to a great fastball (70 rating on a 20-80 scouting scale) and three above-average secondary pitches (a 65-grade changeup, a 55-grade cutter, and a 55-grade curveball). He also has above-average control (60-grade).
If Sánchez could miss a few more bats and stay healthy, he could be an All-Star quality starter.