The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez from Indianapolis. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, reliever Edgar Santana was optioned to Indianapolis. There was an open spot on the 40-man roster already, so no additional moves needed to be made.

Sanchez missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery. When he got injured in August of 2015, he appeared to be on the verge of making his Major League debut. He was a starting pitcher at that time, but has been pitching in relief this season, topping out at three innings pitched.

Sanchez has a 3.74 ERA in 55.1 innings over 39 appearances, with 65 strikeouts and a 1.19 WHIP this season. He has been hitting 96-97 MPH consistently this season, which is higher than where he topped out as a starting pitcher. Sanchez relies on excellent control, with the ability to miss bats and get quick outs via ground balls. He has pitched much better recently, posting a 1.93 ERA since the All-Star break in early July.

Santana pitched two innings in last night’s game, so he would have been unavailable tonight. Sanchez pitched two days ago, but he has thrown just 13 pitches over the last week, so he should be available for long relief tonight. Santana will be able to return shortly after the September 1st call-ups begin, unless he’s replacing someone who was placed on the disabled list.

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  1. Great to see Sanchez battle back from Tommy John surgery and make it to the majors. What chance does Cumpton or Sadler get invited to spring training next year?

  2. I like this. That 3.74 ERA doesn’t do his season justice; he’s been really good in Indy. 2.88 xfip with 10.5k/9 and a 54% gb rate. Was going to be a free agent,
    Sanchez could be a useful pen piece for the next few years I think. He has options right?

    • It felt odd to see so little written about Sanchez all year, and then Schugel / Lindblom / Barbato / Marinez all get the call before him. Looking forward to seeing if the stuff matches the peripherals.

    • Ha lol I’m sure I want to get more on this comment NMR. What has you in all caps?
      Is it the turnover of the roster?

      • Just me humoring myself…Sanchez caught my interest about a month ago and I’ve been poking around for explanation on why he’d been getting so little attention without much luck.

  3. I was wondering why he was still down, hopes he has a good showing. This team played its best ball when the bullpen was good, pen is back to sucking and so is the team.

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