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June 25, 2014

Herd's Sanchez goes for first win tonight

Niagara Gazette — Aaron Sanchez knows this point in his career is more about the daily progression than it is about stats. Still, it would be pretty sweet to get that first Triple-A win at home.

Sanchez, who is ranked by Baseball America as the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospect, will have another shot to secure his first Triple-A win tonight when the Buffalo Bisons play host to the Columbus Clippers at Coca-Cola Field in a doubleheader starting at 5:35 p.m.

The 21-year-old Sanchez (0-1, 6.00 ERA) is coming off of his home debut Friday, a no-decision against Rochester. He worked five innings and struck out four while giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks.

“You’ve got to execute your pitches,” said Sanchez. “That’s what it comes down to.”

Sanchez, the Jays first-round pick in 2010, took the loss in his Triple-A debut against Toledo on June 14, giving up five runs on six hits in four innings. He took it as a learning experience.

“There were so many emotions going into the game,” he said. “Nervousness. Excitement. I think I walked the first guy on four pitches at 98 miles an hour. It was just about taking a deep breath and slowing the game down as much as you can.”

Sanchez’s strong spring with the Jays, when he struck out 11 in 15 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, had media outlets buzzing that he had a chance to make the big league club out of camp. But Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said that was never the case and that the organization has no plans and no need to rush Sanchez through the system.

“If he’s dominant, like anyone, if he’s doing that well, he would get an opportunity,” said Anthopoulos. “But no, we wouldn’t just do it (without reason). You want to bring someone up that is having success that you feel is going to help the team win games up there. So you’re not doing anything from a developmental stand point (by rushing him).”

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