Sixto Sánchez

Sixto Sánchez Encarnación (born July 29, 1998) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Sixto Sánchez
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Sánchez with the Miami Marlins in 2020
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Born: (1998-07-29) July 29, 1998 (age 22)
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 2020, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Win–loss record3–2
Earned run average3.46

Early lifeEdit

Sánchez was born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.[1] He played shortstop as a youth.[2]


Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

Minor LeaguesEdit

The Philadelphia Phillies happened upon Sánchez when they saw him throwing batting practice at a workout for a Cuban catcher the Phillies were scouting in 2014.[3] He signed with the Phillies for a $35,000 signing bonus as an international free agent in February 2015.[4] He made his professional debut as a pitcher that year with the Dominican Summer League Phillies. He had 1–2 win-loss record with a 4.56 earned run average.[1] He pitched in 2016 with the Rookie Gulf Coast Phillies.[5][6][7] He was 5–0 (tied for 4th in the Gulf Coast League in wins) with an 0.50 ERA, a WHIP of 0.759, and a 5.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio.[1] At 17 years of age, his fastball was 97-98 mph.[2] He was named both a Baseball America Rookie All Star, and a Gulf Coast League Post-Season All Star.[1] Baseball America named him the Number 80 prospect in baseball.[8]

Sánchez started 2017 with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, and was promoted to the Class A+ Clearwater Threshers during the season, with whom he was the youngest pitcher in the Florida State League.[9][10][11][12] On July 30 he was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.[1] He threw a fastball in the high 90s that reached 102 mph.[9][2] Between the two teams he was 5–7 with a 3.03 ERA, a WHIP of 0.958, and a 4.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio.[1] Baseball America named him the Number 25 prospect in baseball, ranked him as the Number 26 prospect, and MLB Pipeline named him the No. 47 prospect.[13][9][2]

Sánchez entered 2018 as the Phillies number one prospect and one of the top prospects overall in the minors, pitching again for Clearwater.[14] He has been compared to Pedro Martinez.[15] On June 3 he was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, and he was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star.[1] The Phillies shut him down after June 3 due to right elbow inflammation.[16] He was 4–3 with a 2.51 ERA, and a 4.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio.[1][13] Baseball America named him the Number 13 prospect in baseball, MLB Pipeline named him the No. 21 prospect, and Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the Number 23 prospect.[13][17]

Miami MarlinsEdit

On February 7, 2019, Sánchez was traded with Jorge Alfaro, Will Stewart, and $250,000 in international bonus slot money to the Miami Marlins in exchange for J. T. Realmuto.[18] He began the 2019 season with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.[19] Sánchez was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[20] In 2019 between Jacksonville and the Class A+ Jupiter Hammerheads he was 8-6 with a 2.76 ERA in 20 starts (114.0 innings).[21]

Sánchez was added to the Marlins 40–man roster following the 2019 season.[22]

2020: Major League DebutEdit

On August 20, 2020, Sánchez was promoted to the major leagues. He made his major league debut on August 22, and notched his first career win.[23] Sánchez completed the season with a 3-2 record, and a 3.46 ERA over 39 innings. On October 2, 2020, Sánchez made his postseason debut, going for 5 innings, while allowing no earned runs.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h ""Sixto Sanchez Stats, Highlights, Bio" | Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d ""Sixto Sanchez: 19-Year-Old Pedro Martinez Clone Already Has 102 MPH Heat"". Bleacher Report. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Callis, Jim (May 24, 2018). "2019 Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "A Phillies prospect you'll soon be hearing a lot about". November 1, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Phillies prospect Sixto Sánchez the latest fascination in Latino pitching pipeline". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Baseball America's latest list: Phillies have a new top pitching prospect". December 14, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Fast-working Phillies prospect Sixto Sanchez could make quick ascent - Bob Brookover
  8. ^ ""Sixto Sanchez Minor Leagues Statistics & History"". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Zolecki, Todd (May 24, 2018). "Phillies' Sixto Sanchez climbing up rankings". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  10. ^ Ryan Lawrence (June 30, 2017). "The kid with the golden arm: Phillies prospect Sixto Sanchez showcases triple-digit fastball". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Only 18 and armed with a 95 mph fastball, Phillies' Sanchez an up-and-coming prospect". June 28, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  12. ^ Phillies promote pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez to Clearwater
  13. ^ a b c "Three Phillies prospects named to 2019 Baseball America Top 100"
  14. ^ "Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018". Baseball America. January 22, 2018.
  15. ^ Knobler, Danny. "Sixto Sanchez: 19-Year-Old Pedro Martinez Clone Already Has 102 MPH Heat". Bleacher Report.
  16. ^ Ben Badler (January 2, 2019). ""10 MLB Prospects We Hope Have A Healthy 2019 After Struggling With Injuries"". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Veasey, Matthew. ""Four Phillies prospects land on respected 2019 Top 100 lists" – Phillies Nation". Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Collier, Jamal (February 7, 2019). "Phillies land Realmuto for 3 players, int'l money". MLB. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Frisaro, Joe (April 14, 2019). "Sixto Sanchez to make Double-A debut in May". Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  20. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  21. ^ "Sixto Sanchez Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  22. ^ Jordan McPherson (November 20, 2019). "Marlins add top prospects eligible for Rule 5 draft to 40-man roster, DFA Wei-Yin Chen". Miami Herald. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  23. ^ Joe Frisaro (August 22, 2020). "Marlins top prospect Sixto makes MLB debut". Retrieved August 24, 2020.

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