Victor Sanchez, RHP, Did not pitch professionally in 2011
6-0, 185 lbs, 17 years old
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Acquired: International Signing (2011)
Victor Sanchez was basically the top pitching prospect available in the international free agent market last year. He’s a guy who was a star in Venezuela at 12 years old, and who is able to hit 92 mph with his fastball, and already possesses an adequate curveball and a developing change. He’s far from a prototypical pitcher, as he’s short for the position presently, but at only 17 years old it’s not out of the question to think that Sanchez could grow a couple of inches before his major league debut. Sanchez signed for $2.5 million last year, so if you believe in the Mariners ability to scout international free agents, it’s worth noting that they must believe in Sanchez a lot to give him that kind of bonus. Hopefully Sanchez starts out in one of the domestic rookie leagues this year, that we can see how he pitches against higher competition. He’s still a long ways off though, and a lot can happen between now and when Sanchez makes his debut.
Potential (of 40): 38
Probability of Success (of 30): 5
Positional value (of 20): 17
Character (of 10): 10
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