Tigers view Anibal as a difference-maker

Tigers view Anibal as a difference-maker

Tigers view Anibal as a difference-maker
TORONTO -- Despite suffering a loss in his first start in a Tigers uniform, Anibal Sanchez is still viewed as an impact arm inside the clubhouse.

"He'll be good for us, no doubt in my mind. I like him," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

The 28-year-old, who had spent his entire seven-year career with the Marlins before the Tigers acquired him and Omar Infante in a deal on Monday, has a no-hitter on his resume, and gives the Tigers another arm that can miss bats.

Sanchez was one of only three pitchers, along with Brandon Morrow and Zack Greinke, to record 200 strikeouts in less than 200 innings last season. While his strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate is down this season, he did record 14 strikeouts in a game back in April.

"He has a nice arsenal, looks like he knows what he's doing," Leyland said about Sanchez's four-pitch mix. "He has pitchability. He's not an overpowering guy, but he has pretty good velocity when he wants to have it -- 94 [miles per hour], that's pretty good. [It's a] pretty easy 94. I think he will do well for us."

Sanchez, who pounds the zone, ranks ninth in baseball in first-pitch strikes (66.8 percent), and boasts a strikeouts-to-walk-ratio over 3.00 for the second consecutive year.

He made a positive impression on the rest of his team, as well, during his outing against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

"I think he has good stuff and a good idea of how to get guys out," Brennan Boesch said. "He looks like someone who is really going to help us out."

Sanchez, who matched a career high on Saturday when he allowed three homers, has 14 quality starts in 20 outings this season.