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However, it isn’t the most dependable unit.
VerHagen and Farmer have both showed well as starters at the Triple-A level and as relievers in the Majors.
However, neither have much experience as Major League starters with just eight combined games started between them.
However, Jaye has yet to make his big league debut. Meanwhile Saupold has thrown just 9.2 frames in the Majors.
In addition to Sanchez, there’s Mike Pelfrey.
The former first-round pick also struggled last season, with a 5.15 FIP and a 1.731 WHIP. Pelfrey only struck out 4.2 batters per nine frames while allowing 12.1 this and 3.5 walks per nine innings.
In fact, of pitchers with at least 110 innings last season, the 33-year-old had the lowest strikeout per nine inning rate and the seventh-highest xFIP.
Having Sanchez throwing quality innings again would significantly strengthen Detroit’s depth, giving team a dependable option.