Before 2009: Not to avoid doing any work or anything, but I probably can’t do a better job of Sanit’s “Before 2009” than I already have in this feature…
2009: Sanit started his 2009 season in High-A Tampa, and four scoreless appearances later, he was up in Double-A. While he fought through brief stints of inconsistency, Sanit was good for the most part. Tony Franklin used Sanit as his closer while he had him, and Sanit was 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 10 saves in 21 appearances, including finishing 19 games.
Eastern League batters were hitting just .186 off of the Cuban hurler, so the next step was to promote him to Triple-A Scranton, which the Yankees did during the first week of July. In 19 games in Scranton, Sanit struggled at times, going 0-3 with a 4.13 ERA.
After 2009: Sanit has a legitimate chance to wear Yankees pinstripes this season. He was impressive this spring before being sent back to minor league camp, and his age, stuff and makeup would seem to make this a season where he could make the jump. Not on the 40-man roster, the 30-year-old will need to force the Yankees hand if he wants to be pitching in the Bronx before 2010 ends.
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