SARASOTA, Fla. -- The 2011 season was not what Tony Sanchez expected from himself. The 23-year-old catching prospect worked hard over the offseason in order to bounce back.
Sanchez finished last season hitting .241 with 46 runs, 14 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBI in his first season at Double-A Altoona. Sanchez, who was drafted by the Pirates in the first round of the 2009 draft out of Boston College, hadn’t hit below a .300 average in his prior two seasons in the Bucs minor league system.
Despite the disappointment at the plate, the catcher took some strides forward while with Altoona in 2011.
“My defense took some strides forward [last year], and my game calling was a little bit better,“ Sanchez said. “I want to improve upon all that. I also want to be the guy that drives in runs. The teammate that my guys know is going to get the job done. For me, that was the hardest part of last year, not being that guy.”