Via the Daily News on November 11th 2006:
The Yankees consider Humberto Sanchez, who went to South Bronx High School, the jewel of the three pitchers they got from Detroit in exchange for Gary Sheffield yesterday. Sanchez is a 6-6, 230-pound righty who can reach 96mph on the radar gun, but mostly throws his fastball between 90-94 mph. Yankee GM Brian Cashman said Sanchez, 23, also has “an average changeup right now, but it could be above average, and he has a power curveball.” Sanchez had an identical 5-3 record as a starter for both the Tigers’ Triple-A team and their Double-A team, and had a combined ERA of 2.63. He struck out 129 batters in 123 innings and held opposing hitters to a .220 average. He’s had elbow problems, but the Yanks believe he’s healthy. Cashman said he’ll likely begin next season at Triple-A Scranton, and the Yanks “hope he takes a big step forward. He’s got a lot of ability.” The Yankees had a chance at him earlier – Cashman noted that Sanchez was at a tryout at the Stadium the year he was drafted (2001).
And, today, we have this from Sports Network:
Prior to the game, the Yankees made a slew of roster moves, which included placing pitcher Brian Bruney and third baseman Cody Ransom on the disabled list. Pitcher Mark Melancon and Berroa also had their contracts purchased from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and righty Humberto Sanchez was released.
Humberto Sanchez threw 29 pitches for the Yankees, in the big leagues, during his time with the team – with 15 of them going for strikes.
What was Brian Cashman talking about when he said Sanchez had “a lot of ability”? Was that the “ability” to “do nothing”?