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Patrick Sandoval - LHP LAA

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The 6'3" lefty Patrick Sandoval got a 900K singing bonus in the 11th round when he was drafted back in 2015 by Houston.  

 

The Astros traded Sandoval over to The Angels for Martin Maldonado right before the trade deadline which was shortly after Houston promoted Sandoval to Advanced A ball.  Sandoval despite being promoted has been even more dominant.

 

So far in 6 stats in Advanced A (3 with The Astros organization and 3 with The Angles) Sandoval is sporting a 3-0 record with a 1.67 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and a 11.23 K/9.

 

His overall stat line between A ball and Advanced A ball is:

 

10-1, 2.19 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 10.34 K/9 over 102.67 innings.  Pretty dominant stuff for a guy not on any top 100 lists.  Statistically he isn't too far away from Brendan McKay.

 

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Was quietly promoted to AA.  In his first start:

 

4.67, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 6 K

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Was one of the finalists for the MiLB's best starting pitching prospect of 2018 award. https://www.milb.com/milbys/starter

 

11-1, 2.06 ERA, 122 1/3 IP, 145 K, 29 BB. It didn't matter which of the four uniforms the well-traveled Sandoval wore this season, the 21-year-old was lights-out all the way. He jumped from Class A Quad Cities to Class A Advanced Buies Creek after 14 appearances and was nearly untouchable after being traded to the Halos in July. He sported an 0.79 ERA in his final 34 1/3 innings with Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile, including 14 2/3 scoreless frames in the Cal League."

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Sandoval was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

Sandoval had a 2.06 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 145:29 K:BB over 122.1 innings last season as he worked his way from Low-A to the Double-A level by the end of the season. The 22-year-old had a 3.60 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 20 innings at Double-A Mobile this season, and has been a fast-rising prospect for the Angels since being acquired from the Astros for Martin Maldonado last July.

From Fangraphs Prospect Package:

Sandoval struck out 97 hitters in 88 innings split between Low- and Hi-A while also reducing his walk rate (4.3%) to half of what it had been the previous year (8.5%). After the trade, his walk rate regressed to his career norm, but he continued missing bats and struck out 35% of opposing hitters.

Sandoval’s fastball sits 88-92 and will top out around 94. He can really spin a 12-6 curveball, one that’s above average when he is getting on top of it. Effectively, Sandoval has an almost perfectly vertical arm slot, but the way he gets there is somewhat odd, and there’s some skepticism among scouts as to the sustainability of last year’s uptick in strike-throwing. But his current delivery enables him to effectively work up and down with his fastball and curveball in sequence, so nobody suggests he change it. There’s enough of a changeup here for continued development in a rotation and if everything clicks, Sandoval will be a No. 4 or 5 starter.

Klaw Notes from his package:

"Sandoval brings elite spin rates across three pitches as well as a plus changeup. His fastball velocity isn't special, but it has spin and riding life, and he throws a ton of strikes. The Astros seemed to question his durability and whether this stuff would still play at higher levels, but for the Angels to get him for a backup catcher was a no-brainer."

He's right on the doorstep now, could see him in LA within of few months depending on rotational needs...

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