Humberto Sánchez [Baseball '16]
Humberto Sánchez was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the Bronx, New York, when he was 10. He graduated from South Bronx High School in 2000, and that year, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 9th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. However, Sánchez turned it down to attend Connors State College, instead.
After posting an 8-1 record and winning NJCAA Region II Pitcher of the Year in 2002, Sánchez signed for a bonus of $1 million, and began pitching in the Detroit Tigers minor league system in 2002.
After a stint in the minors, splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A ball, he was promoted to the New York Yankees and made his major league debut on September 15, 2008, in the 8th inning against the Chicago White Sox.
During minor league ball, Sánchez was named to the Midwest League’s mid-season All-Star team. In 2004, he was named the fifth best prospect for the Detroit organization by Baseball America. He was the starting pitcher for the World Team during the All-Star Future Game in 2006 and earned International Pitcher of the Week honors during the same year.
As a pitcher, Sánchez threw a fastball in the low to mid 90s, as well as a low 90s slider, curveball, and changeup.