Nationals Player Profile: Anibal Sanchez, #19

Anibal Sanchez pitching off the mound
Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez signed a two-year, $19 million with the Washington Nationals in December of 2018. The incentive-laden contract includes a $12 million option for a third year.

The Venezuelan native began his major league career in 2006 with the Florida Marlins. Sanchez pitched a no-hitter his rookie season and finished the year with a 10-3 record.

His fortunes fell after that, ending up with the Detroit Tigers in 2012. The right-hander had his best season in 2013, leading the American League with a 2.57 ERA, posting 14 wins for the Tigers and finishing fourth in the Cy Young Award voting.

After that, he hit another dry patch, a very poor 2017 (6.41 ERA) ending his time in Detroit. Joining the Atlanta Braves in 2018, Sanchez enjoyed a rebound season, closing out the year with a 7-6 record and an impressive 2.83 ERA.

Assuming Sanchez doesn't revert to form and follow a strong year with a weak one, the Nationals will rely on the Venezuelan right-hander to provide a reliable arm in the fourth spot of a very strong starting rotation.

The Fine Print

Full Name: Anibal Alejandro Sanchez
Born: 2/27/1984 in Maracay, Venezuela
Signed: In 2001, signed by Boston as an international free agent
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
2018 Team: Atlanta Braves

 

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Career

309
97
100
0
1,729.1
7,358
286
9
1,682
836
192
3.99
577
1,549
49
59
9
14
1.306
104
23.6
16.4
3.86
8.1
113
928

2018

25
7
6
0
136.2
553
24
0
106
48
15
2.83
42
135
4
4
1
0
1.083
143
2.6
15.6
3.85
8.9
7
63

Chloe Stowe

Full-time novelist and blogger, Chloe Stowe loves to spin a tale almost as much as she loves her Nats and Navy sports (on Twitter, she's the #NavyMaven and #curlyWchick). This season will be her first as the Director of Nationals Coverage for the Maryland Sports Blog.

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