Anibal Sanchez, Starting Pitcher, Detroit Tigers, #19
Date of Birth: 2/27/1984
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Current Salary: $16,800,000
Anibal Sanchez, starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was first signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2001. He played for two seasons in Venezuela and then had surgery in 2003 that caused him to miss the entire season. In 2004 and 2005, he played in Boston's minor league system. After the end of the 2005 season, the Red Sox traded him to the Miami Marlins.
Sanchez had a strong first season with the Marlins in 2006. He pitched 114.1 innings in 18 games and he finished with a 10-3 record and a 2.83 ERA. He ended the season on a high note, pitching a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 6, 2006.
Sanchez started the 2007 season with the Marlins but he was sent back to the minors. He then had surgery which ended his season. From 2007 through 2009, he played in just 32 games with the Marlins. In 2010, he had his first full season, pitching 195.0 innings in 32 games. He finished the season with a 13-12 record and a 3.55 ERA.
The 2011 season was another strong one for Sanchez. That year, he pitched a career high 196.1 innings in 32 games and he finished with an 8-9 record, 202 strikeouts to 64 walks, and a 3.67 ERA.
In July, 2012, after 19 games with the Marlins, Sanchez was traded to the Tigers. He finished the 2012 season with a 9-13 record and a 3.86 ERA in 19 games with the Marlins and 12 games with the Tigers. He signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Tigers in December, 2012.
Sanchez had his best season in 2013, leading the American League in ERA. He pitched 182.0 innings in 29 games and he had a career low 2.57 ERA with a career high 14 wins (to 8 losses) and 202 strikeouts to 54 walks. He finished the 2014 season with an 8-5 record, 102 strikeouts to 30 walks, and a 3.43 ERA in 126.0 innings in 22 games. He pitched just 2.0 innings in one game in the postseason.
On June 15, 2015, Sanchez pitched a complete game shutout. Two months later, his season ended with a rotator cuff injury. He finished the season with a 10-10 record, 138 strikeouts to 49 walks, and a 4.99 ERA in 157.0 innings in 25 games.
Sanchez pitched 26 games as a starter and 9 games as a reliever in 2016. He finished the season with 7 wins to 13 losses, 135 strikeouts to 53 walks, and a career high ERA of 5.87.
Career pitching statistics for Sanchez through 2016 include:
- 256 games played
- 1,487.1 innings pitched
- 87-87 win-loss record
- 1,310 strikeouts to 506 walks
- 3.93 ERA