Cubs purchased RHP Alex Sanabia from Mexican League, signed to a minor league contract
The Cubs added a veteran right-hander to the organization last week. The Cubs purchased the contract of Alex Sanabia from Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League. The 27-year old right hander was assigned to Triple-A Iowa and made his organizational debut Sunday in Reno.
The Marlins selected Sanabia in the 32nd round of the 2006 draft. Sanabia appeared in 28 games, 24 starts, with the Marlins over three big league seasons (2010-11, 2013). Sanabia owns an 8-10 record with a 4.15 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 4.61 FIP in the majors. Sanabia allowed 69 runs, 64 earned, on 156 hits with 44 walks and 86 strikeouts in 138 2/3 innings.
Sanabia has not pitched in a big league game since 2013 and spent last season in the Angels’ system.
Alex Sanabia was 3-10 in 26 games, 14 starts, for Triple-A Salt Lake with a 6.80 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Sanabia gave up 72 runs, 66 earned, on 127 hits with 32 walks and 55 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings.
Before the Cubs purchased his contract, Sanabia was 5-1 in six starts for the Toros with a 3.60 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. In 30 innings, Sanabia gave up 12 runs, all earned, on 36 hits with three walks and 20 strikeouts.
The Reno Aces lit up Sanabia on Sunday afternoon in his I-Cubs debut.
Sanabia lasted only 1 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs, all earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Sanabia made 56 pitches, 34 for strikes, and served up a three-run homer to Peter O’Brien in the second inning.
Alex Sanabia was acquired for pitching depth with both Aaron Brooks and Dallas Beeler still on the disabled list. Reno’s Greater Nevada Park is the worst place to pitch in the Pacific Coast League. With that said, based on the numbers in the PCL, Sanabia doesn’t appear capable of giving Marty Pevey innings much less provide any pitching depth whatsoever to the organization.