Brian Sanches is a professional American baseball player who plays as a pitcher. Sanches went to the Nederland High School and was part of the baseball, basketball and football teams while also being quite suitable for track events. Upon graduation in 1996, Sanches went to the Lamar University for three years. After his junior year, Sanches declared for the 1999 MLB draft and was picked in the 2nd round by the Kansas City Royals.
An excellent prospect in college, the Royals were hoping that his reputation would continue into the Majors one day. Sanches began playing at the A-League where he had 11 strikeouts in 6.0 innings against Boise, while playing for Spokane. He then went on to play for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and pitched a no-hitter in the Advanced A-League in 2000. 2001 went by with the Wichita Wranglers in the AA-League and Sanches made the most of his good form and grabbed 10 wins against his name. In the following year, he pitched with an ERA of 1.83 and had a 1-0 record before being traded out to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Rondell White.
Sanchez then moved to the Philadelphia Phillies at the end of the 2003 season and pitched in the AA-league with the Reading Phillies. His ERA of 1.98 for the season was extremely impressive but his highlight for the season was the first week of July for which he was named Minor League Player of the Week in his conference.
Sanches then moved to the AAA-league to play at Scranton and ended the 2004 season there. In 2005, Scranton was home for Sanches who allowed just one run in his first 29.0 innings pitched while his average to lefties was just .212. That earned him a deserved place in the Spring Training session for 2006. After a stable performance, Sanches was sent down to the AAA-league again although he was called up soon, in June 2006, to make his debut. The rest of the season was spent moving between the two levels and he played 18 games at an ERA of 5.91.
In 2007, he again started in the AAA-League and was called up for just 12 games. Pitching just 14.2 innings, Sanches had an ERA of 5.52.
In 2008, he began the year by getting traded out to the Washington Nationals. There wasn’t enough place for Sanches in the starting rotation and he only got a game when someone was placed on the disabled list. Still, Sanches had 12 games to his name and had pitched in just 11.0 innings. He ended the season with a 2-0 record though, better than his 1-1 win-loss record from the previous season.
In November of 2008, Sanches signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins for a single season. After playing in the AAA-League with the New Orleans Zephyrs, he was called up to the Marlins’ roster and has played 17 games in 2009 till date. Sanches has a 1-1 record with a 1.53 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched.