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Sixto Sánchez

Born: 07/29/1998 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 234
Front leg actually takes a step back behind the rubber to begin momentum driving down the mound. Hands get maximum separation with ball stabbing down slightly at the bottom of his arm circle. A lot of effort to the delivery, often over-throwing and falling off. True 3/4 slot and tunnels each of his pitches very effectively.
Evaluator Keanan Lamb
Report Date 08/01/2019
Affiliate Jacksonville Suns (AA, Marlins)
Dates Seen 6/11, 6/22, 7/13, 7/29/19
OFP 60
MLB ETA 2020
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 70 98 100 Pure gas. Some riding life, explodes out of the hand. Throws a lot of strikes but is more of a strike controller than someone who can command it. With so much effort in the delivery to generate velocity, would likely need to back off a tick to achieve better command. As a starter he can maintain his velo deep into games, so it's a question of just how effective the fastball can be at triple digits if it's getting too much of the plate.
Slider 50 85 87 Sharp, late breaking, can be thrown for strikes and better used in the zone as opposed to a chase pitch. Flattens out at the belt. Gets caught over-throwing with extra effort to spin. Better located to arm-side but not as effective with backdoor break, gets lost glove-side but could be a better swing-and-miss option if precisely thrown. Needs to be more consistent.
Changeup 60 88 90 Firm, but plays almost as a bowling ball sinker with the bottom really falling out at the knees. Excellent arm action plays very well off the fastball with hitters speeding up their bats against the velocity. Confident with pitch, can be used effectively against both righties and lefties.

Sixto is an exciting talent, no doubt about it. However, the track record for 6-foot fireballers who rely on big fastballs isn't exactly great. For someone who has already lost some time due to an arm injury, the Marlins are being very, very careful with slowly building his starter's innings as he is topping the 100 inning mark for the first time in a season during his career. The fastball is top of the scale, and the changeup is a very good plus offering. But the slider is just okay with its inconsistencies, combined with his physical stature and injury history, there is enough concern to question whether he is a starter long-term.

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