Sixto Sánchez is obsessed with learning a vital tool for his development: Pedro Martínez’s high straight. The Marlins pitcher grew up idolizing the Baseball Hall of Fame and now from copying that pitch to adding it to his arsenal.
He has never been able to speak in person with Martinez, but he would give what he does not have for the pitching legend to show him the secret of that fastball that caused so much havoc in his glory days. Sixto, if he learns to throw it, considers that he may be one of the first.
“I have a good curve, a slider, a sinker, my fastball, I just need to dominate that high straight that he shot so well,” explained the man who will debut just a few days ago. “Pedro is my idol and since I was a kid I was always watching him work. Someday I will be able to meet him. ”
For now it is Sánchez who is making himself known. One of the best prospects in pitching, the coronavirus crisis and his raw talent have combined to make him debut in the majors and see what he is made of in the best possible competition.
Sánchez is part of that new wave of pitching that Derek Jeter promised when he took possession of the franchise and that seems to have arrived firmly, first with established men like Pablo López and Eléser Hernández and now in the names of Humberto Mejía, Trevor Rodgers and the same.
“We are always talking to each other, helping each other, talking about the situations of each game,” said the boy from San Cristóbal. “I believe that together we can go far, far, and help the Marlins compete better.”
The high command of the fish, for its part, begins to see the fruits of that patience preached from day one, adding layer after layer of talent in the Minors through free agency or the University Draft, something that is clearer than never in the middle of the pandemic.
Suddenly, the fish lost three starters, Caleb Smith, Sandy Alcántara and Josë Ureña, not to mention the 18 players in total who fell victim to the contagion, but Miami managed to sustain itself and compete thanks to a mixture of figures who arrived last. time and the young prospects on the farm.
“It’s great to have that depth, especially on pitching,” manager Don Mattingly said. “For these guys, the experience of being here is tremendous. : Better or worse, what they learn now will serve them later. ”
Arrived as part of the trade that sent JT Realmuto to Philadelphia, the Marlins made sure not to rush Sanchez due to a swelling in his right elbow during 2018 and part of 2019, but once he was recovered, the team could see the huge projection of the Dominican.
In his debut, he held the Washington Nationals to six hits and three runs over three innings with a good mix of deliveries and a sustained fastball through 98 miles that sometimes touched 100, so his first appearance was passed with a pass.
Can he repeat the dose this Thursday against the Mets?
“In Monday’s game I was from the first to the ninth inning checking all the batters, in Tuesday’s double game the same, ” Sánchez revealed. “I’m talking to the pitching coach to have a plan. I want to stay, I want to help the Marlins. ”