How do we know 2021 is going to be like no season ever after the season we just lived through and by ‘season’ I mean two months of games? Where do we begin? How about:  Sixto Sanchez has 39 IP thrown in the major leagues (regular season), is a contender for the NL Rookie of the Year award and still eligible for that award in 2021. Is that right? Am I losing my mind or is that the case? By the way, I’m not being facetious. “Losing my mind” is definitely a possibility. *does some light research for five hours that covers everything from rookie eligibility for 2021 to whatever happened to Shannon Whirry* So, Sixto Sanchez does appear to be a rookie still (and Randy Arozarena, for that matter, which is hilarious too). Why does this matter? Because that’s how I decide on which players to write up in the 2021 rookies for fantasy baseball. Well, like everything else with Major League Baseball, they’ve made it impentratable for fans. Instead of saying you can’t win the ROY award twice, they said, “…” Well, do you really want to know? You know MLB makes everything impossible to understand, right? Okay, fine, but I warned you. Any players who accrued more than 45 days on an active roster during the 2020 season or previous seasons prior to September 1st will no longer be considered a rookie. MLB wants me to check player’s call-up dates and count calendar days? Haha, yeah, okay, you’re dumb. That ain’t happening. Also, by the way, Sixto Sanchez is still eligible for the ROY award in both 2020 and 2021, if he doesn’t win it this year. Not joking. So, MLB may be stupid, but I’m going over rookies for this series with old eligibility requirements — 130 ABs or 50 IP in the majors. That is a long way to tell you a clerical situation. Any hoo! Sixto Sanchez! Yes! Each year I open the rookie series with the rookie who I think will be the most highly ranked rookie in the upcoming year. For 2021, that feels more difficult to pinpoint than previous years. I did think about other guys for the coveted first rookie spot in 2021, and, as mentioned in my Randy Arozarena fantasy, I’m split on him and Sixto, as the top 2021 rookie. Today, I’m going Sixto Mode! *does robot, gets stuck bent over, screams for Cougs to oil my joints* (By the way, I couldn’t find any up-to-date information on Shannon Whirry, hope she’s well!) So, what can we expect from Sixto Sanchez for 2021 fantasy baseball?

First, I want you to think of Sour Patch Kids, did that make you salivate? No? Hmm, I heard that’s how minds work. Does this make you salivate:

What about this:

Cougs, hold onto that oil, it’s horny time. Okay, now it’s time to inject a little bit of reality into our fantasy. In 39 IP, he had a 7.6 K/9, 2.5 BB/9. Better in the postseason, but that wasn’t a real sample size, and neither is 39 IP. That 100 MPH fastball isn’t translating to high strikeouts, and not just in the majors. In Double-A, he had a 8.5 K/9 and that was about as high as it had been since he came over in the Jerry Tomato Realmuto trade with the Phillies. The command looks elite, so if he’s a 8.5 K/9 with a 1-anything walk rate, that plays in any league. The hope, I believe, is his strikeouts will only continue to grow as he learns how to pitch. He is, after all, only 22 years old. Sixto passes the smell test with flying colors. He passes the eye test with the highest of marks. He doesn’t pass the written exam that has a lot of incompletes. Could this be why the Phils traded him away? Prolly unfair to put that on him. Phils wanted the top catcher in baseball and it cost them a top pitching prospect. Maybe that’s what makes Sixto special. More incompletes there. For me, Sixto is 100% want, but 100% unsure if the price will be too expensive in 2021 drafts. He worked off four pitches last year, but only really dominated with the change (though that’s being fed by the ridiculous fastball). Another incomplete there, too. Stupid sample sizes. Too hard to say. I wanted to say, “I’m drafting Sixto in every league,” and maybe I will, but that will come down to his draft price more than him. Again, I’m split, and incomplete. Another year under his belt would complete the picture. For 2021, I’ll give Sixto Sanchez projections of 8-5/3.31/1.12/101 in 105 IP with a chance for more.

 
  1. scoboticus says:
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    Falcons: 28-3
    Braves: 3 games to 1
    Hawks: you’re next!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, what about the Bulldogs?

  2. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Im liking Sexto for 2021, unlike Randy Dandy.

    On the losing my mind front. Ireland has decided starting tomorrow at midnight, the entire country will be locked down for SIX weeks. Can only go 5km from home, no visitors and no visiting others. Only essential workers can go anywhere. I want to get off this planet at the next stop…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, man…I fear we’re headed the same way… This all sucks

  3. B to the ry says:
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    How do you compare Sixto with Alcantara? Is it a 1a and 1b type situation? Or is Sixto just head and shoulders above Sandy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sixto is much better than Sandy, if they’re both at their ceilings and pitching 200 IP…Sandy in 2021, might be better, but he’s just a 8 K/9, 3 BB/9, which is around a #4 at best

  4. JKJ

    JKJ says:
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    It’s interesting he’s never had the K-rate at any level. Just like ole Dustin May. You look at those two and think how do they even give up a hit, and then little ole Devin Williams comes in throwing pretty much one pitch over and over and barely gives up anything all season.

    Sexto got the stuff. Obviously in dynasty I’d want all that sex-to-go, but in redraft I’m not paying for him.

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Not paying up for him*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but the thought (I think) is that 100 MPH gets him to Ks at some point with his secondary stuff — there’s the next level at some point — don’t tell Eovaldi tho

      • JKJ

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        For sure. You’d think he’d be able to get it done in the minors though, see a slight dip in K/9 in the bigs, then adjust. I’m a scooch worried he’s never done it anywhere. But like you said, only 22! Likely will figure it out if he’s zipping 100 MPH fastballs and sinkers at people. Especially with the command he’s got.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it feels like a thing that will all just connect, but again the Eovaldi nightmare scares me still 7 years later

  5. JayJ says:
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    Thoughts on Paddack for 2021? Would you dump him in dynasty, or worth holding onto to see. You think he has a chance too regain his form, or is it a total disaster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not loving Paddack anymore, but depends on price and what you’re dropping him for

  6. TC says:
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    In a standard roto, keep 15, only 10 teams.

    Hitter keepers- Trout, Trea, Hiura, JRam, Lindor, J.Abreu, Conforto, Castellanos, Abrams, Muncy,

    Pitcher keepers- Cole, Scherzer, Clevinger, Fried, Bauer

    Would you consider moving Lindor and Sixto if you could get back Xander and Kelenic? Or just keep Sixto over one of my listed 15? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abrams? Who CJ Abrams?

      Lindor trade doesn’t sound great

    • NUX says:
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      League sounds too shallow to be worrying about CJ Abrams if that’s who your keeping. I would def keep Sixto over him. Its a keeper, not dynasty, knowwatimsayin?

  7. Coolwhip

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    I think with him its similar to Dustin May. The Ks will come once he works out better sequencing, his command too good, and pitches too filthy to not get swings. And really the pitch mix might need to be dialed back some. his 4seamer and change are so good, they need to be the primary pitches and dial down the others as a means of focusing in on and amplifying the change. Just glanching over his pitches he probably throws the sinker too much, and is distracting from primary strategy. Since May had more time to pitch, his pitch mix changed towards September some and his K% went up. Think same will be for Sixto.

    All that said… I haven’t looked at possible ranks yet, but off the top of my head I think if sixto is in the 150ish range I’ve still be buying, but ahead of that is probably where i’ll draw the line.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that all makes sense…I’d be shocked if the Ks don’t come, but maybe not in a huge way in 2021….Impossible to say without seeing it happen first, I think…I do like him for that #4-5 starter flyer, prolly 150-175th range makes sense…Worried price is way above that

      • NUX says:
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        The price right now is between about #77 peck according to those Justin Mason mocks. No thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s high

  8. IsIt2021yet says:
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    Gray,
    Rank these pitchers next season.
    Buhler
    Sixto
    Paddock
    Urias
    Plesac

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buehler, Plesac, Urias…

  9. bbhhi says:
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    Grey,

    Which of these guys are top40 SP’s for 2021?

    Luzardo, Bassitt, Heaney, McCullers.

    Reply

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luzardo, McCullers

  10. Kevin says:
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    Grey,

    Love the kid. Leg kick similar to Pedro, although I think Pedro was slightly more side arm delivery angle.

    Keeper league, I can keep either Sixto or Dominic Smith in the last round for next year.

    Love Sixto’s potential, but it seems like Smith proved more because of the larger sample size.

    Appreciate your thoughts?

    Thanks, Kevin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sixto over Smith

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