Aaron Sanchez has a 1.67 ERA in 59 1/3 career innings as a reliever and he played a major role in the Blue Jays’ bullpen during the club’s run to the 2015 ALCS, but the 23-year-old is expected to enter spring training in 2016 as a strong candidate for the starting rotation.
Sanchez debuted in 2014 as a reliever and then shifted to rotation work at the beginning of 2015. He was moved back to relief this past July after missing two months with a lat injury.
The former first-round pick has been rated a top-50 prospect by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus each of the last three years. A starting role is where he can maximize his potential.