Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/14/14
LUIS SANZ RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: November 19, 1987 Height: 6’1″ Weight: 173 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2005 (Tigers) How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent Country: Venezuela Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Sanz signed with Detroit out of Venezuela.  He throws in the upper-80s to low-90s, with a curve and a fringy change.  He’s never been regarded as a prospect and made his way up very slowly, sticking in full season ball only at age 24.  He’s generally had mediocre walk and K rates, and is not a groundball pitcher.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2013. 2006 VSL:  2-3-5, 5.33 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 27.0 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 5.0 K/9 Sanz pitched mainly as a closer in his debut season and didn’t get very good results. 2007 VSL:  6-3-0, 3.58 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 73.0 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 5.1 K/9 The Tigers moved Sanz to their VSL rotation and he pitched better, although still with a low K rate. 2008 R:  5-3-0, 3.66 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 51.2 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 8.4 K/9 Sanz continued to improve as a starter in rookie ball, with solid walk and K rates. 2009 A-:  5-4-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 82.2 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 6.6 K/9 A:  0-1-0, 8.64 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 16.2 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 5.4 K/9 Sanz pitched mostly as a starter in short season ball and regressed a little, mainly in the for of a low K rate.  He struggled in limited action out of the bullpen in low A. 2010 A-:  3-0-0, 0.56 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 8.4 K/9 A:  4-7-0, 5.38 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 87.0 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 6.4 K/9 Sanz again split his time between short season ball and low A, this time mostly the latter, where he served as a swing man.  He didn’t get good results, with poor walk and K rates. 2011 A-:  6-4-0, 2.81 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 83.1 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 8.2 K/9 A+:  0-0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 6.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 4.5 K/9 The Tigers sent Sanz back down to short season ball.  He pitched very well in 14 starts, but that’s hardly a sign of progress considering that it was his sixth professional season.  He made one start in high A. 2012 A:  1-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 5.1 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.8 K/9 A+:  11-3-0, 3.46 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 114.1 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 7.2 K/9 Sanz finally spent a year in high A and had a good season, although the pitcher-friendly environs of the Florida State League probably helped.  He made 16 starts and seven relief appearances.  His K rate was below the league average of 7.4. Sanz doesn’t look like more than minor league depth.  The Pirates won’t have much talent advancing from Bradenton to Altoona, so they’ll probably have a need for pitchers (and hitters) in AA.  Sanz could pitch in the rotation or in relief for the Curve, or most likely both. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: N/A MiLB Debut: 2006 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2013 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS December 12, 2005: Signed as an international free agent by the Detroit Tigers. November 3, 2012: Became a free agent. November 21, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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