Pirates Promote Tony Sanchez to Indianapolis

According to Cory Giger, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted catcher Tony Sanchez to Triple-A, following a 1-for-4 performance tonight for Altoona. Sanchez had a .277/.373/.387 line coming in to today’s game, and hit his 14th double of the year with his only hit.

The catcher struggled in April, hitting for a .259 average and a .718 OPS. He rebounded a bit in May, with a .289 average and a .795 OPS, mostly fueled by a strong run at the end of the month. In his last ten games, Sanchez has gone 12-for-33 (.364) with six doubles.

Sanchez was in his second year in Double-A, and was drafted out of college. That means we’ll get a better idea of his hitting potential once he moves up to Triple-A.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

    Good for him. It’s his time to step up and be the man. I’m interested to see how he does. They obviously don’t expect Morales or whatever his name is to be around much longer.

    In a way, keeping up with the team through news and stats, it seems as though it’s too soon, but maybe it’s a good time to test him. Sometimes expectations are good to have. Your catcher should be a leader on your team, and should step up in situations like these. Let’s see what happens.

    • Lee Young

      Ian….agree.

      • Lee Young

        btw, is it scary that we agree? lol

  • http://twitter.com/jamesmvargo James Vargo

    Come on….he’s better than “the Fort”. Glad they finally made the move up…

  • leadoff

    Everytime I have seen Sanchez I have been impressed with him, he is a hustler, he has a great attitude, kind of reminds me of Harper. I am not comparing talent here, just attitude.

  • gonfalon

    congrats, Tony!

    based on his recent hot streak, I had figured Sanchez would be in line for a promotion this year, but figured it would be at/after the All Star break. hopefully he seizes this opportunity, and we see him in Pittsburgh by next year.

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