After a day featuring some of the better prospects in the game, the Arizona Fall League isn’t letting up this afternoon. Matchups out west include Blue Jays righthander Aaron Sanchez and Nats lefty Matt Purke, as well as Hansel Robles and Johnny Barbato, righties from the Mets and Padres, respectively.
Sanchez entered the season ranked as our No. 3 prospect in the Blue Jays system, and fanned one over three one-hit frames in his AFL debut last week. With Dunedin this year, the 6-foot-4 Sanchez struck out 75 against 40 walks in 86 1/3 frames.
He brings a heater that sits comfortably between 94-96 miles per hour, a power curveball (which he didn’t break out until the third inning of his Salt River Rafters debut last week) and a changeup with late bite.
Purke began the year as our No. 9 prospect with the Nats and struck out a pair in his three-inning outing to open the AFL. Between Hagerstown and Potomac this year, Purke, a Texas Christian alum, fanned 82 hitters against 25 walks over 90 frames. He worked to a 3.80 ERA overall and compiled a 6-4 mark.
The bespectacled Purke brings a heater in the low-90s and couples it with a tight slider between 78 and 82 mph and a developing changeup. He entered the year coming off of shoulder surgery in 2012, the driving factor behind his innings restrictions.
Robles, our No. 12 prospect in the Mets system, had sky-high stock entering the year after working to a Penn League-best 1.11 ERA in 73 frames with Brooklyn. He fanned 66 against 10 walks and didn’t permit a homer.
The numbers came back to Earth a bit this year, but were still pretty darn good. He used his fastball/slider/changeup combination to hold hitters to a .263 average this season, spent almost exclusively in the Florida State League.
He allowed a pair of runs in his one-inning debut last week with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Barbato checked in at No. 30 on our Padres list to open the spring and put together a decent season, especially when you consider he pitched all year in the hitter’s utopia of the California League. With Lake Elsinore, Barbato fanned 89 in 88 frames and walked thirty-three. He surrendered just eight longballs.
The recipient of a $1.4 million signing bonus in 2010, Barbato opened his AFL year with a shaky outing that included four walks in just two-thirds of an inning before he hit his pitch limit and was yanked. He sports a 91-94 mph fastball and a 12-to-6 hook with a developing changeup.