The Milwaukee Brewers assigned relief pitcher Jesus Sanchez to Triple-A Nashville.
Even though Sanchez was a long shot to clinch a spot on the Opening Day roster, he still put forth a great effort. The 25-year-old allowed only one earned run on five hits while striking out five batters over the course of 4 1/3 innings. He may have only appeared in five games for the Brewers in his first Major League camp, but he left a lasting impression on the coaching staff.
“I’m here because of the hard work I have done,” Sanchez told Brewers.com. “I’m glad the Brewers saw my work and liked it. I’m just looking forward to getting better in every possible way.”
Sanchez’s move from the starting rotation, where he had his fair share of struggles in 2011, to the closer role in 2012 is one of the reasons he got the opportunity with Milwaukee this spring. He has spent five years in the minors without ever getting the chance to showcase his talents at the top level. Last year at Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville, Sanchez posted a combined 7-3 record with a 1.63 earned run average, 64 strikeouts and 11 saves in 52 appearances.
This was by far his best season as it is evident the 25-year-old is determined to finally shine in the majors. Unfortunately, the right-hander will not get that shot quite yet. However, it is clear that the day will come sooner than later after his solid performance in Spring Training. Expect to see Sanchez in a Brewers uniform during the regular season if the opportunity presents itself this year.