Pirates to draft Tony Sanchez

According to Keith Law, the Pirates have reached a pre-draft deal with Tony Sanchez, and will select him with the fourth overall pick.

I’m not sure if this is 100%. For example, is the deal contingent on other aspects happening in the draft? If Dustin Ackley fell to them, would the deal still be in place?

However, outside of Ackley falling to them, it looks like Tony Sanchez is the number one pick for us this year.

Here is my post on Sanchez from earlier today. Here is another post on the rising demands of first round talent this year.

One possibility this opens up would be a trade of Jason Jaramillo. I’m not saying Sanchez will be up quickly, but consider the following:

-Robinzon Diaz will be out of options next year
-Sanchez would immediately enter the minors, speeding up his progress
-The Pirates would have Doumit and Diaz, with Steve Lerud in the wings as a backup and Sanchez down the line, assumingly the catcher of the future.

Just a thought. Join us for the live blog of the MLB Draft, which starts soon.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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