Saturday, the coaches held an intrasquad game among the Instructs participants. They started a five inning game at 10:00 AM. Ten pitchers got work, but there were few if any substitutions among the position players. The most exciting news was that Sixto Sanchez was pitching in the first inning.
I have video of all six batters he faced. He threw 19-20 pitches. And if his legend isn’t spectacular enough, Sanchez’ fastball was 94-99 mph the first time he threw in a live baseball game in over three months.
Sanchez worked at his usual quick pace. He threw just five pitches to the first three batters. After a six-pitch at bat with Ben Pelletier, the coaches extended his appearance for two more batters.
When he was finished, I got the bonus of Starlin Castillo throwing his first stateside inning. Castillo’s fastball was 91-94 mph but his control was iffy. He walked three batters and the coaches rolled the inning with Luke Miler on deck and Carlos De La Cruz in the hole.
Here’s the video I shot.