Sanchez and Maybin impress at Futures game.
Humberto Sanchez had even less trouble than Hirsh in the first, setting down the United States in order and striking out Stephen Drew and Alex Gordon. He showed a 93-94 mph fastball and threw a lot of sliders, and the only hitter who made contact, Howie Kendrick, grounded out weakly to the shortstop.
"Sanchez was pretty doggone impressive," a scout from a National League organization said. "He threw three pitches for strikes, worked in and out all over the zone. Those are three tough outs and he made it looks easy."
Humberto Sanchez was nasty. The U.S. hitters who faced him in the first inning--Stephen Drew, Howie Kendrick and Alex Gordon--all came back to the dugout asking what he was throwing, as Kendrick went down on a changeup, while Drew and Gordon struck out on curveballs
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Maybin, who can stake a claim to being the best overall prospect in the minors, had to settle for batting eighth for the United States. He went 2-for-3 and said he was just happy to crack the starting lineup.
"I haven't hit eighth since my freshman year in high school," Maybin said. "Dude, that tells you what kind of lineup we have when Butler hits seventh. That guy flat rakes, and then goes and drops that bomb. That definitely got us going. He hit a good pitch, 3-2 curveball, and put a good swing on it. That got everyone into it."
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