• Humberto Sanchez’ 903 Days As A Yankee

    Posted by on April 25th, 2009 · Comments (18)

    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).

    On that same day, WasWatching.com told you that Humberto Sanchez’ elbow was shot. Just 164 days later, that was proven to be correct.

    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”?

    Comments on Humberto Sanchez’ 903 Days As A Yankee

    1. April 25th, 2009 | 11:22 pm

      Blah blah blah. I hate Brian Cashman. Blah blah blah.

    2. Joseph M
      April 25th, 2009 | 11:53 pm

      If George Steinbrenner was still George Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman would have been out on his ass along time ago.

      It was reported that the Twins offered Santana to the Yankees for Wong and Kennedy at the beginning of 2008, how do you turn that down. Wong peaked in 2006 his 2007 season was full of little things that a judge of baseball talent would have picked up on. Take a look at what Boston picked up in the pitching department from Japan, take a look at the Yankees. Take a look at the young players Boston has brought up in recent years take a look at the Yankees.

      He’s got to be fired at the end of the season and someone who has an eye for talent has got to be brought in. Maybe Buck might be able to do the job, maybe Billy Beene might like to finally work with an organization that can spend. He’s got to go.

    3. Raf
      April 26th, 2009 | 4:45 am

      What was Brian Cashman talking about when he said Sanchez had “a lot of ability”?
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      Well, as you posted,
      “anchez 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.”

      Or do you not think it takes ability to post numbers like that? ;-)

    4. Raf
      April 26th, 2009 | 4:47 am

      Wong peaked in 2006 his 2007 season was full of little things that a judge of baseball talent would have picked up on.
      ————
      Such as? Are you already writing Wang off? Tough crowd.

    5. lisaswan
      April 26th, 2009 | 9:23 am

      Steve, for what it’s worth, as soon as I heard about Sanchez being released, I immediately thought of you. Heh.

    6. Joseph M
      April 26th, 2009 | 6:46 pm

      @ Raf:

      I hope I’m wrong about Wang but I think there is alot more wrong here than arm strength. I never liked Wang mechanics and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is less than 25 wins away from the finish of his career.

    7. April 26th, 2009 | 6:50 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Or do you not think it takes ability to post numbers like that?

      Show me a GM who weighs minor league pitchers by K-rate, ERA, and OppBA alone and I’ll show you someone who can get ripped off in a trade, in a hurry.

      K/BB, OppOBA, and Strand-rate cannot be ignored…

    8. April 26th, 2009 | 6:52 pm

      hallofamer2000 wrote:

      Blah blah blah. I hate Brian Cashman. Blah blah blah.

      Blah blah blah. You love Brian Cashman. Blah blah blah.

      See, it’s so easy to play that game. ;-)

    9. Raf
      April 26th, 2009 | 8:06 pm

      Show me a GM who weighs minor league pitchers by K-rate, ERA, and OppBA alone
      ———-
      Who’s to say those metrics weren’t considered?

    10. Raf
      April 26th, 2009 | 8:07 pm

      I never liked Wang mechanics…
      ———
      Interesting, I thought Wang’s mechanics were as simple as they come.

    11. April 26th, 2009 | 9:58 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Who’s to say those metrics weren’t considered?

      Well, did they consider his injury history?

    12. April 26th, 2009 | 10:14 pm

      Regardless of what the Front Office got for Sheffield in tangible assets, let’s not forget that the most valuable thing the Yankees received from Detroit was the ability to NOT pay a cranky, semi-credible outfielder/should-be DH $13 million who had a history of being an agitator and pain in the ass in contract years when they had better (or at least contractually entrenched) options for both the outfield and DH.

      That’s the real win in that trade – regardless of how Claggett and Whelan produce at the big league level.

    13. Joseph M
      April 26th, 2009 | 10:34 pm

      @ sean mcnally:

      The problem with your response is the fact this was Cashman showing the world what a screwd GN he was. Sheffield’s contract was over if Brian hadn’t exercised the Yankee option. He did that with the idea of trading Sheffield to the team willing to offer the most attractive package.

      This was Cashman’s game, Cashman’s rules and he has to be evaluated by the return. How does this guy continue to get away with this kind of stuff over and over again.

    14. Raf
      April 27th, 2009 | 1:13 am

      Sheffield’s contract was over if Brian hadn’t exercised the Yankee option. He did that with the idea of trading Sheffield to the team willing to offer the most attractive package.
      —————-
      And the Tigers did.

      So in the end, the Yanks got a package deal for Sheffield when the alternative was to get nothing for him. I don’t see what the problem is or was.

    15. Raf
      April 27th, 2009 | 1:14 am

      Well, did they consider his injury history?
      ———–
      I’m sure they did. Like the Indians did with Pavano, like the Red Sox did with Penny & Smoltz, like the Jays did with Clement, so on and so forth…

    16. Joseph M
      April 27th, 2009 | 4:14 pm

      @ Raf:
      Raf, the point here is this Brian has to be held accountable for the moves he makes. Did this work out, no it didn’t. We have a pitcher at triple AAA (Igawa) that the Yankees spent $46 million on, did that work out? He could have traded Wang and Kennedy to Minnesota for Santana, did that decision work out? He signed Marte to a ridiculous 12 million dollar deal over the winter instead of just renewing his option, after he performance last year shouldn’t Brian have been a little more careful?

      Does it concern you that AROD misses a month plus and there is no available infielder in the Yankee system outside of the retreads they have turned to. Look out in center field does Gardner seem like a major league worthy starting player? There is one outfield prospect (Jackson) in the whole system. Take a look at what Boston has done. Brian has to be held accountable for his decisions.

    17. Raf
      April 27th, 2009 | 4:47 pm

      Sanchez trade: Sanchez released, he was acquired with the idea that he was an oft-injured pitcher, but worth the risk given the upside. Yanks got two other pieces in the deal as well. It was at minimum a lateral move, a getting something for nothing move along the lines of Wright for Britton a couple of years ago.

      Igawa was signed to be a back of the rotation starter, for whatever reason he wasn’t able to do the trick. No big deal, it happens. Every GM has a pitcher like that on their resume.

      It’s far too early to declare a Wang/Kennedy – Santana nontrade a bust. And certainly not after a handful of innings thrown by Wang, and definitely not with Kennedy still figuring into the Yanks’ plans.

      The Marte deal was a perfectly reasonable contract, and it’s too early in the season to call him a bust.

      As for Rodriguez, given that he was supposed to miss a part of the season, I’m not concerned that Ransom, Berroa & Peña are holding down 3b. I am curious to see why Berroa is starting over Peña. But given that the offense really hasn’t been the problem, averaging 5.7 runs a game despite having the revolving door @ 3b & Gardner in CF, the Yanks can tread water until Rodriguez returns. Now had he been out for the season, and they went with these 3 guys, then certainly I’d have a problem with that.

      We’re not even 1/3 into the season, they’re only 4 games out of first. The Rays are in last place. Let’s chill out a bit, it’s early.

    18. April 27th, 2009 | 6:16 pm

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