Padres Draft: Best players drafted 34th overall

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Padres Aaron Sanchez
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Aaron Sanchez

Drafted by the Blue Jays in 2010, Sanchez posted an absurd 1.09 ERA in 24 appearances as a rookie. He’s since been converted to a starter and posted an AL-leading 3.00 ERA in 30 starts during his All-Star year in 2016.

Oddly enough, he collected his tenth straight victory in 2016 against the Padres and replaced Craig Kimbrel in the Summer Classic. Sanchez struggled through injuries in 2017, making eight sporadic starts and has failed to replicate the magic he found in 2016.

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Traded to the Houston Astros in 2019, Sanchez made just four starts down the stretch. He left his start on August 20 with a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. Sanchez missed the Astros World Series appearance and was likely to miss all of 2020 as well before the shutdown.

The 27-year-old has collected a career 9.0 WAR thus far and has the potential to pass Rhodes and possibly Bochte on this list, should he regain his form.

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