eduardo sanchez cardinalsToday the Chicago Cubs picked up yet another intriguing young arm off of the waiver wire, grabbing 24-year-old righty Eduardo Sanchez from the Cardinals. He’ll head to the Iowa Cubs for now.

Sanchez broke out with some impressive numbers out of the pen for the Cardinals in 2011, but couldn’t quite replicate that success in 2012. He struggled at AAA in 2012, and was off to a mixed start there this year as well – he’s seen just 9.2 innings of work, putting up a 3.72 ERA, but striking out just 6.5 per 9 (by far a career low) and walking 3.7 per 9.

Before 2011, Sanchez was a fast-rising relief prospect, reaching AAA when he was just 21.

It will be interesting to learn if the Cubs believe there are a few tweaks that will get Sanchez back on track as the bright young reliever he once was. There’s no real downside here in taking a chance, so they’ll bring him to AAA Iowa and see what he’s got.

There aren’t any roster implications for the move, for now, because the Cubs had an open 40-man spot (and are expected to get another one later today when they will reportedly DFA Michael Bowden).

  • Ben

    Where does this guy fit? I like the pick up personally, but where does he go? Any chance the Cubs DFA Camp?

    • Brett

      AAA Iowa. I added a second sentence about that to make it clear.

    • Ben

      Nevermind. I should probably read the last two paragraphs before I comment.

    • Jay

      It’s called low-risk, throw shit at the wall and see if it sticks. And yes, Camp should be on the bus out of town, not Bowden. Don’t know what Theo and Jed are thinking here.

  • Oswego chris

    I knew I recognized that name! Eduardo Sanchez is the alias used by Kenny Powers’ father(played by Don Johnson) on HBO’s Eastbound and Down….Kenny searches for him (hilariously) in Season 2…

  • carmelo

    He will be used like Dolis—up and down from Iowa when needed. He also has an option left for next year. Good pick-up.

  • Idaho Razorback

    I like it except for his hat.

    • forlines

      Haha, couldn’t agree more. Great pick up. Time to wear a real mans ball cap

  • Cubbie Blues

    Brett, FanGraphs has his numbers a little different for this year. They show 7.2 IP and 4.7 ERA. Small sample size in either case, but kind of strange.

    • Brett

      That’s very strange, because it’s not like he just threw 2 innings last night. Fangraphs must update their minor league numbers only every few days or something (or it’s just a problem with his card).

      • Cubbie Blues

        But, even if they only updated every couple of days. That would go back 6 days. I would say they are missing the last two starts and are not aware of it. The last two innings he pitched were shutout which would explain the whole point lower in ERA between the two.

        • Brett

          I wonder if it’s a systemic issue. I’ve never used FanGraphs for minor league numbers, so I wouldn’t know.

          • Cubbie Blues

            Yeah, I’ve never tried to check between them for accuracy before. I’ll have to keep it in mind in the future.

            • hansman1982

              I’ve noticed it before but generally just chaulked it up to a lousy memory or not knowing every possible way a stat could be calculated.

      • Adam

        His last 2 outings were both 1 inning, May 16 and May 19. Guess they need to update a little more often then every 9+ days.

        • Cubbie Blues

          It shows at the bottom of the page: Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 4:21 AM ET

  • EuroCub

    He’d still be better than Kameron Loe.

  • Kyle

    The fact that Cardinals fans seem upset by this would make me more excited if I weren’t simultaneously seeing Cubs fans upset at the DFA of Michael Bowden.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Every DFA’d or traded player is a future hall of famer, you know……

    • DarthHater

      Sanchez is better than Bowden, so go ahead and be excited..

  • Die hard

    Precursor to drafting Bryant?

    • Brett

      Please never stop being you.

      • Cyranojoe

        This is such a lovely response…

  • arta

    grand slam! why does Dale keep using Camp?

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