Hansel Manuel Sanchez Robles (pronunciation HAN-sell ROW-blays)...Instagram: @hrobles47... wife, Yasmilka Morel (December 2019)...attended Escuela Basica Sonador Bonao HS (Bonao, D.R.)...active in community in town of Sonador, D.R...delivers Christmas meals and participates in children’s baseball clinics in offseason...raises cattle and enjoys hiking along river and fields in Sonador...nickname Caballo Blanco (white horse)...entrance from bullpen at Angel Stadium became viral hit in 2019...entrance featured theme music of WWE’s The Undertaker and accompanying video on scoreboards with a galloping white horse, candles, the moon and lightning bolts...a white horse-costumed character would also appear in Angels Entertainment booth on broadcast level during the entrance.
Made fourth career Opening Day roster, second straight with Los Angeles-AL and spent all season with Angels...Earned only save of the year in second appearance July 25 at Oakland...finished 1-for-3 in save opportunities...Allowed runs in 10 of 18 appearances, but just four home runs on the season...Set career-high in strikeouts-per-9.0 innings pitched (10.8)...also set career-high in walks-per-9.0 (5.40)...Held right-handed batters to a .238 average with 14 strikeouts and left-handed batters to a .360 average with six strikeouts...Pitched in nine games for Licey in the Dominican Winter League, going 1-1, 5.63 ERA (8.0 IP, 5 ER).
In first full season with Angels, was recipient of Nick Adenhart Pitcher of the Year Award, which is given to Angels pitcher whose performance is selected by his teammates as the most outstanding throughout the course of the regular season...Third reliever to win the award, joining Huston Street (2015) and Yusmeiro Petit (2017)...Established single-season career bests in games, ERA and saves...Took over Angels closer role in late April...His 23 saves were most by an Angels reliever since Huston Street had 40 in 2015 and tied for eighth in American League...Led Majors (min. 35 IP) with a 1.52 ERA (47.1 IP - 8 ER) from June 1 through end of season...Retired 27 straight batters from Aug. 21-Sept. 14....Streak of 10.1 consecutive no-hit innings from Aug. 27-Sept. 15 was longest for an Angels pitcher since Ernesto Frieri (13.1) in 2012...Did not allow a run in first 13 innings pitched at Angel Stadium...Recorded first career four-out save May 11 vs. Dodgers...Made first start of Major League career April 21 vs. Seattle (235th MLB game) as Angels "Opener"…Previous start as a professional came Aug. 26, 2014 for Double-A Binghamton.
Appeared in 16 games for Mets and averaged 10.53 strikeouts per nine innings (19.2 IP - 23 strikeouts), before being designated for assignment June 22... Claimed off waivers by Angels June 23 and made Angels debut June 24 vs. Toronto... Earned saves in each of final two appearances...Struck out side in final outing Sept. 28 vs. Oakland... Did not allow an earned run in 12 of 13 appearances to conclude the season... Had streak of 16 straight outings without allowing a home run from June 25 - July 29.
Began the season with the Mets...Was optioned to Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on May 23... Recalled on July 17 and remained with the team the rest of the year...Was tied for sixth in the majors among all relievers with seven wins in relief...Was tied for third on the team in victories...Was 6-1 after the game on July 22...Finished the season 1-4...Had back-to-back seasons with six or more wins in relief (six wins in 2016)...The last Mets reliever to do that was Dennis Cook (1998-2000)...Allowed 10 home runs in 56.2 innings...Suffered five losses, including three walk-off losses (August 3 at Colorado, August 1 at Colorado and May 15 at Arizona)...Was tied for 10th among NL relievers in losses...Lefthanded batters hit .189 (14-74), the 14th-lowest mark in the NL (min. 60 batters faced)...Righthanders hit .246 (33-134)...Tossed a career-best 14.1 scoreless innings from April 12-May 10...Struck out 16 and allowed seven hits during that stretch...Struck out 60 in 56.2 innings (9.53 strikeouts per nine innings)...Went 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA (11 earned runs/33.0 innings) at home...Allowed 12 earned runs in 2.2 innings (40.50 ERA) including four homers in three outings from May 13-21...Was optioned to Las Vegas (AAA) on May 23...Pitched in four games for the Dominican Republic in the WBC posting a 2.45 ERA (one earned run/3.2 innings).
Made a career-high 68 appearances...Had 85 strikeouts in 77.2 innings...Ranked ninth among NL relievers in strikeouts...His six relief wins led the Mets bullpen and was tied for fourth in the NL...Was third on the team with 13 holds...Allowed one run over 14.2 innings (0.61 ERA) in his final 12 appearances...Surrendered 15 earned runs over 12.0 innings (11.25 ERA) from August 3-28...Was 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA (three earned runs/21.0 innings) from June 21-August 1...Collected his first major league save with 2.2 scoreless innings on September 23 vs. Philadelphia...Had a career-best 11.2 scoreless streak from July 4-August 1...Allowed three runs on August 3 at Yankee Stadium...Worked a career-high 3.2 innings with a career-best six strikeouts on June 21 vs. Kansas City...Righthanded batters were 48-171 (.281) and lefthanded batters went 21-117 (.179)...Suffered two walk-off losses (May 10 at Los Angeles-NL and April 20 at Philadelphia)...Was suspended the first two games of the year for throwing at Philadelphia's Cameron Rupp on September 30, 2015.
Recalled from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on April 21 and spent the remainder of the season with the Mets....Made his major league debut April 24 at the Yankees with 1.0 scoreless inning while stranding two runners....Posted the 12th-lowest batting average against (.190) among all NL pitchers (min. 40 innings)...Lefthanded batters hit .167 (13-78) and righthanders were 24-117 (.205)...Led the team with 12 holds...His 12 holds were tied for the fourth-most in team history by a rookie....His 57 outings ranked 11th in team history for a rookie and was fifth among NL rookies....Struck out a season-best four batters over two perfect innings at Washington on September 7... Was part of a stretch where he allowed one run over 12 games (12.2 innings) for a 0.71 ERA from August 23-September 18....Suspended for three games for throwing at Philadelphia's Cameron Rupp on September 30...Has appealed the suspension.
Made three appearances during the playoffs and did not allow a run (3.0 innings)....Appeared in his first career playoff game in Game 2 of the NLDS at Los Angeles...Pitched 1.0 scoreless inning with two strikeouts... His other two appearances came during the World Series (Games 2 and 4).
Converted to a reliever in July...His first 17 appearances were as a starter...From July 19 until the end of the year, he relieved 12 times and made one start, August 26 vs. New Britain...For the season, he was 6-6 as a starter with a 4.86 ERA...In 90.2 innings, he gave up 96 hits, 51 runs, 49 earned with 36 walks and 82 strikeouts...Out of the bullpen, he went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 12 games...Went 20.0 innings, and permitted 11 hits, six runs, four earned, with seven walks and 24 strikeouts...Tossed a seven-inning, three-hit shutout to turn back Erie on June 14...For the year he struck out 106 in 110.2 innings (8.62 strikeouts per nine innings).
Placed on the Disabled List from May 20-July 4 with a right shoulder strain...Averaged 7.02 strikeouts in 84.2 innings (66 strikeouts) for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.
Named the Sterling Award recipient at Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League...Led the NYPL in ERA and was fifth in strikeouts...Also named the NYPL Pitcher of the Week for the period ending August 13...Closed out the regular season by not allowing an earned over his final 36.0 innings...The streak dated to July 28...Tossed a complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts in the opening round of the playoffs on September 7 vs. Hudson Valley to extend his stretch to 45.0 innings without allowing an earned run...Went 6-0 with five no-decisions in his final 11 starts (eight earned runs/67.2 innings) of the season...Lost his first game of the year, June 21 vs. Staten Island...In 5.0 innings, he allowed one earned run on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts...For the year opposing hitters compiled a .184 (47-256) batting average against him...Struck out a season-high nine batters in 8.0 innings vs. Staten Island on July 22...On August 10 vs. Vermont he pitched 8.0 innings and allowed one hit, no runs with no walks and seven strikeouts...Struck out eight in a game twice and seven, four times...Righthanded batters hit .178 (29-163) against him, while lefthanders hit .194 (18-93) against him.
Worked exclusively out of the bullpen for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League.
Picked up his first professional save while pitching for the DSL Mets1 (R) of the Dominican Summer League.