01/21/2020 2:31 PM
CLEBURNE, Tex. (Jan. 23, 2020) – The Cleburne Railroaders announced Thursday the re-signing of right-handed pitcher Jesus Sanchez.
Sanchez transitioned full-time to the starting rotation in 2019, and the result was an excellent campaign that earned him a Mid-Season All-Star selection. The durable right-hander finished the year 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 21 appearances, featuring 20 starts. Over 127.2 innings, Sanchez allowed 140 hits for an opposing batting average of .276, recording 78 strikeouts while walking only 15 opposing hitters. His rate of 1.1 walks per nine innings was the second best among American Association hurlers, and tops among those with more than 80.0 innings of work.
Few American Association pitchers were as consistent as Sanchez, who finished fifth in the league in innings pitched and was one of just four qualified pitchers to complete at least 5.0 innings in every one of his starts (Mitchell Lambson – Winnipeg, Erik Manoah Jr. – Kansas City/Texas, Ryan Williams – Fargo-Moorhead). The 32-year old delivered several memorable performances for Cleburne in 2019, including a season-high eight strikeouts over seven shutout innings against Sioux Falls on Opening Night, and the franchise’s first-ever complete game shutout against Winnipeg on June 9. Sanchez retired both hitters he faced in the American Association Mid-Season All-Star Game.
Sanchez joined the Railroaders in mid-June during the 2018 season and quickly established himself as one of the more reliable arms on the Cleburne staff. The native of Valencia, Venezuela made 25 appearances, including three starts, and finished the year 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA. Over the course of 44 innings, Sanchez struck out 49 while walking only 11. The right-hander also limited opponents to a .267 batting average, surrendering 46 hits in the 44 innings.
In addition to the Sanchez signing, right-handed pitcher Nefi Ogando, infielder Angel Rosa and outfielder Nick Rotola have cleared waivers and been granted their release.
The signing of Sanchez gives the Railroaders four players under contract for the 2020 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during Spring Training, which begins May 7.
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