|Report Date:||March 26th, 2018|
It’s been an up and down season for Sands, and on Friday in Chapel Hill, it was the latter. The first five hitters of the game reached base, and Sands found himself in an early hole. He gave up five runs in the first inning, and another in the third before exiting the game after four complete, with six runs earned runs, six walks, and three strikeouts.
Working from a high three-quarters arm slot, Sands sat 89-to-91 mph with his fastball, and he had trouble commanding it. He was able to work around the zone, but often fell behind in the count. He flashed nice arm-side run throughout the game, but he rushed his motion on occasion, causing him to miss his spots. Sands worked in a curveball in the 77-to-79 mph range that flashed sharp break at times. His arm slot dropped occasionally, and his curveball accuracy suffered as a result. Sands changeup sat 80-to-82 mph with average tumble, but like the curveball, he had trouble commanding it.
Sands flashed average stuff, but just couldn’t put it all together throughout the game. He has a good starter build at 6’3″and 220 pounds, but will need to find his stuff more consistently to reach his potential as a back of the rotation starter.