"Aaron has been awesome, he has been outstanding and he does everything you need him to do," manager John Tamargo said. "He's a coach's dream."
Sanchez and his triumph this season are accredited to his arm, but his confidence is over-looked. His attitude on the mound is what gets him from start to finish, but he knows that he must keep a level mind.
"You can not walk out there not being confident. If you walk out there without confidence, you already see the ‘L' across your name," Sanchez said. "You've got to be a bulldog on the mound; those guys are trying to take food off my plate and I'm trying to make a living out there."
Although Sanchez has had a successful season thus far, like anyone else who plays baseball, he has endured some minor bumps in the road but he is still pitching well and continuing to improve.
"I think it's so far, so good up to this point. Right after the break, I came up pretty strong, but there were a couple of games where I made a couple of mistakes," Sanchez said. "I gave up a few more runs and hits than I wanted to give up, but it's all about bouncing back and sticking to the routine."
It took Sanchez to Jul. 12 to earn his first loss of the season, which is pretty impressive, but he has struggled in recent outings prior to his four scoreless innings on Tuesday. He was 2-3 and had given up 16 earned runs in his previous five starts.
"They [opposing batters] have come out swinging the bats, but I stuck to my plan. I made a few mistakes over the plate and they happened to do their thing," Sanchez said. "Going through a skid like I did can humble you in a heartbeat, and that's why you can never get too high or get too low."
Although Sanchez has given up more hits and runs recently than he would like, he is not letting that discourage him and his efforts.
"It's all about going out there every five days, executing and sticking to the same plan I've had since April," Sanchez said.
With pitching coach Vince Horman's expertise, a big part of their plan is to make as much progress as possible with Sanchez's delivery.
"I believe his delivery is very solid and now it's about repeating it, being consistent with it and in turn, I think he will be more consistent with his pitches," Horsman said.
Sanchez knows the development of his delivery will award him with consistency and the ability to attack batters properly from the mound to the plate.
"[It helps me] with working over the ball, attacking the bottom part of the zone and being able to throw pitches where I want to throw them," Sanchez said. "I think that is the key to this game; executing a quality pitch where you want to throw it and if not, you get the ball back and try to do it again with the next pitch."
In terms of his delivery, Sanchez is pleased and excited about the progress he has made with Horsman, but he realizes that there is work yet to be done.
"It's not where I want it to be. I'm still in ‘Low-A' and there is a lot of work you have to do with each level you go through," Sanchez said. "But from the time I started in Spring Training until now, I can definitely tell that there is a huge difference in what I have been doing behind the rubber."
Sanchez is on the same page with his pitching coach. Horsman is satisfied and looking forward to the things to come in Aaron's young career.
"Like every young guy, he is going to get out of his delivery every once in a while, but he is just a young power pitcher that's just coming into his own this year," Horsman said. "As far as his development goes, I could not be anymore pleased."
LANSING, MI - Since the beginning of the second half of the season, the starting pitching staff stopped splitting starts and assumed their own days on the mound. Aaron Sanchez has been one of the Lugnuts' better arms this entire season. The Lansing coaching staff could not be more pleased with the 20-year-old's progression at such an early stage in his career.
Sanchez Has Come A Long Way This Year
Aaron Sanchez has always had the talent but he's come a long way with consistency this year.
Lansing Beat Writer
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