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Tony Sanchez’s receiving ability

Tony Sanchez’s receiving ability

Mike Fast, who is now working for the Houston Astros, published research on catcher pitch-framing over at Baseball Prospectus last September. It is a fascinating article and does not require a BP subscription, so I would encourage you to read it if you have not yet done so.

Fast analyzed PITCHf/x data from the 2007-2011 seasons. According to the results, former Pirates’ catcher Ryan Doumit cost his pitchers more strikes than any other catcher in baseball over that period. Fast concluded that Doumit’s tendency to move his head while receiving pitches was the main reason for his struggles. Much of the article focused on the importance of a catcher quietly receiving a pitch without extraneous movement.

I was reminded of this while watching the Pirates take on the Red Sox on Friday night. In the seventh inning, Tony Sanchez replaced Eric Fryer behind the plate. I have only had a chance to see Sanchez catch on a few occasions, but in that limited time, I have been impressed by his abilit...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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