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RHP Blake Sanderson Working Hard in the GCL

Sanderson is transitioning to pro ball in 2019

RHP Blake Sanderson Working Hard in the GCL

July 31, 2019

Photo credit: Florida Atlantic University

Photo credit: Florida Atlantic University

 

Right-handed pitcher Blake Sanderson has been strong so far for the GCL Blue Jays.

Sanderson, who has pitched 13 innings so far in pro ball; has only allowed two earned runs, while racking up 16 K’s, and maintaining a 0.85 WHIP.

His quick start isn’t surprising, as Sanderson completed four seasons of college baseball at Florida Atlantic before turning pro.

The prospect credits his coaches at FAU for teaching him the value of hard work, and for helping him become a team first guy.

“FAU taught me what true hard work is, established by great coaches,” said Sanderson. “I was taught to put the team first and always look to make your teammates better day in and day out.”

And for Sanderson, helping his teammates comes from commanding his three pitches on the mound well. Currently, using a mix of a fastball, a slider, and a changeup in his repertoire; Sanderson gets ahead of hitters early with his fastball low in the zone.

“I establish the strike zone early by attacking hitters down in the zone,” explained Sanderson.

When his fastball is clicking – he can easily mix in his changeup in any count.

“My changeup has always been my go-to off-speed pitch in college,” stated Sanderson. “So continuing to command it in fastball counts will help me keep hitters off-balance.”

And making the transition from throwing to college hitters to pro hitters is one that Sanderson is enjoying.

“I’m enjoying the transition from throwing to college hitters to professional guys,” said Sanderson. “It’s nice being able to take each day to improve on something when it comes to my development.”

Toronto Blue Jays fans will definitely want to follow Blake Sanderson’s development in the GCL, and for years to come.