Brian Sanches (born August 8, 1978 in Beaumont, Texas) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Florida Marlins.
In 1996, Sanches graduated Nederland High School in Texas where he played baseball, basketball, football, and ran track. Sanches attended Lamar University in Texas where he played for the Lamar Cardinals Baseball team. He was first drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a 2nd round pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft and later signed with them on July 6, 1999. Sanches made his professional debut in 1999 with Single-A Spokane. While there, he struck out a career-high 11 batters in 6.0 innings pitched on August 27, 1999 versus Boise. He pitched a no-hitter on May 2, 2000 for the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks versus the Lynchburg Hillcats. Sanches spent the 2001 season with the Double-A Wichita Wranglers. While playing with Wichita during the 2002 season, he notched 10 wins. From July 1 to August 1, he won 4 consecutive decisions. In 2003, Sanches went 1-0 with an ERA of 1.83 with the Wranglers. Later that year, Brian (along with Chris Tierney) was traded to the San Diego Padres for Rondell White.
Sanches was then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004. He pitched for Reading (Double-A) during 2004 while posting a 1.98 ERA. He earned Minor League Player of the Week honors from June 28 to July 4. Brian was promoted on August 26 to Triple-A Scranton where he finished the season. He pitched the entire 2005 season for Scranton while holding left-handers to a .212 average and allowing just one home run in his first 29.0 innings pitched. Sanches was a non-roster invitee to spring training. He began the season with Scranton, but finally made his major league debut on June 1, 2006 pitching 2.0 innings and giving up one walk and three strike-outs. Sanches was shuffled to and fro the majors during the rest of the season. After Francisco Rosario was placed on the 15-day DL, Sanches was recalled from Ottawa on June 17, 2007.