The surprising standout of the year for the Phillies pitching staff has to be Cristopher Sánchez. Despite missing some time at the beginning of the season, he made a remarkable comeback and proved to be outstanding.
Sánchez’s exceptional changeup, complemented by an above-average sinker and a well-utilized slider, caught the attention of many, including FanGraphs who rated his changeup as a top three pitch in total movement.
As the season progressed, Sánchez’s performances became more consistent and impressive, proving himself as a reliable starter who could go deep into games. Notably, his road games showcased his talent, as he achieved a 2.08 ERA in six starts.
With his stellar performance in 2023, Sánchez has undoubtedly earned his spot in the rotation and has the potential to further develop as a key contributor to the Phillies’ success.
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