‘400,000 dollars’ replacement mercenary Sanchez… Will it be raining on the Hanwha mound?
Can Ricardo Sanchez be a sweet rain for the Hanwha Eagles mound?
According to the Hanwha team today (22nd), Sanchez, who was selected as a replacement mercenary for Birch Smith, who was kicked out after throwing only one game, will return to Korea on the 26th. Since Smith, the first starter, has been out of business since the opening game, Sanchez’s addition is expected to give the mound a breath of fresh air.
However, as Sanchez’s annual salary of $400,000 suggests, his career in the United States is not glamorous. In 2020, as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, 3 games, 5.1 innings, and an average ERA of 6.75 were all in his big league career.
His minor league career hasn’t been impressive either, going 32-52 with a 4.61 earned run average in 140 games and 640.1 innings.메이저사이트
However, considering the situation of the Hanwha starting lineup, Sanchez can be a great help. This is because Sanchez has been primarily a starter throughout his career. It means you can settle on the starting mound more reliably than risk turning a bullpen pitcher into a starter.
Sanchez started as a starter in the rookie league in 2014 and has been running all the way to the recent Triple-A league. In particular, in Triple A last year, he digested 116.1 innings in 26 starts. Four of these games went six or more innings.
The current Hanwha starting lineup is only 78.2 innings in only 17 games (as of the 21st), which is less than 5 innings on average. The total number of innings digested in the selection is also the lowest among the 10 clubs.
As a result of this influence, the number of innings digested by the bullpen is 77, which is the highest in the league. The starter’s innings and the bullpen’s innings are in a similar position. So, even if Sanchez only throws close to six innings each game, it is expected to help the exhausting bullpen.
Sanchez is also left-handed. Currently, Hanwha’s starting lineup is right-handed, including Felix Pena, Kim Min-woo, Moon Dong-ju, Jang Min-jae, and Nam Ji-min.
It is analyzed that the left-hander selection to come up in the Futures League is not a bad card in terms of the diversity of the mound as it is currently in an unsuitable situation.
An official from Hanwha said, “We expect that Sanchez, who uses curves, sliders, and changeups in addition to two-seam with a speed similar to a fastball in the second half of 140 km/h, will be able to digest stable innings.”
Attention is focusing on whether Sanchez will be able to make a net exhaustive performance that is short of $ 400,000.