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Aaron Jacob Sanchez

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Aaron Sanchez was the second pick for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 Amateur Draft, after Deck McGuire. It was the 34th overall selection, compensation for the loss of Marco Scútaro to free agency. Sanchez was deemed a project due to control issues and hopes his fastball would improve as he added weight to his height.

Sanchez's bag of tricks includes a fastball that can hit 93 mph with a natural sink to it, a curveball and the occasional change-up. He was an AFLAC All-American and was ranked 59th overall by Baseball America in the pre-Draft rankings.

After 16 innings as a pro with the GCL Blue Jays, he was 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA but a 4.50 RA. He had fanned 24 in 16 innings but walked twelve.

Sanchez was considered the Jays' top prospect when he was called up to the big club on July 22, 2014. Although he had worked as a starter in the minors, plans were to use him as a reliever for a time, as the Jays were struggling to find effective middle relievers while there was also a wish to limit his innings total. He made his debut against the Boston Red Sox the next day, tossing a perfect 7th inning with a one-run lead and was so impressive in setting down the heart of the Red Sox's batting order that manager John Gibbons left him in to pitch the 8th, during which he added three more consecutive outs for an outstanding big league debut. The Jays held on for a 6-4 win.

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