Source: Cuban RHP Rafael Sanchez (22) will sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, pending physical. Sanchez was a Cuba National U-18 team. Fastball in 93-97 mph. Above average sinker/slider.
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In the case of Rafael Sánchez from Holguin, he is best known for reaching the National Series. He joined the Cuba team to the U-18 World Cup in Canada in 2017 where he exhibited an ERA of 0.87 in 10.1 innings, 11 strikeouts and a .143 opponent average.Sánchez has a fastball longer than 90 miles and was among the 34 players released by the Cuban Federation at the time of the agreement between Cuba and MLB. In 4 National Series with Holguín, Sánchez averaged a 5.12 ERA with a record of 8-8 in 103.2 innings.
This right-handed pitcher throws has reached up to 94 miles, but assures he relies on the strength of his arm to achieve even faster throws. “The straight is the most precious thing I have, but I dominate the slider and the change,” he said.