Thursday, April 15, 2010

1988 alex sanchez

alex sanchez was the 1st round pick of the toronto blue jays in the 1987 draft, which was cause for o-pee-chee to create this checklist variation for their 1988 set
here's the o-pee-chee back:
there's no topps equivalent to compare the card to, which is the fourth and final of the draft pick cards featured in the o-pee-chee set and to be showcased here.

sanchez pitched fairly well his first couple of seasons in the minors, although he did have a lot of walks. he made his major league debut for the blue jays on may 23, 1989 in a start against the twins. he walked the first two batters he faced before retiring kirby puckett on a line out. he pitched out of jams, allowing just one run in 6 innings. he was replaced by david wells with the score tied 1-1, so he did not get the decision in a game the blue jays eventually won. in his next start, sanchez pitched four scoreless innings, but couldn't get out of the fifth after allowing two runs on 3 hits and a sacrifice fly. still, 3 runs in 10.2 innings of pitching to start his career wasn't too bad.

unfortunately for sanchez, it got bad in his third and final major league start. sanchez walked the first two batters he faced, retired wade boggs on a comebacker, and then allowed two singles, a three-run homer, and a third walk, and was pulled from the game. his next appearance was in relief a few days later, and the results were similar: 4 runs allowed and 2 walks in 2/3 of an inning. after that, he was back in the minors and bounced around in various systems, including the royals, mariners, padres and a's. unfortunately, he never did make it back to the big leagues.

voici à vous, 1988 alex sanchez!

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