Prospect Watch: Tony Sanchez On a Hot Streak


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (4-1, 2.47) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-4, 3.29) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.256) - 1-for-3, SB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) - 2-for-6

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.276) - 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Extended Spring Training

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 4.95) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (3-0, 0.46) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.276) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Durham 0

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (3-0, 0.46) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brian Friday, 2B (.204) – 2-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.78) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Alex Presley, LF (.260) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Duke Welker has now pitched 3.1 shutout innings for Indianapolis, with a 2:1 K/BB ratio. Bryan Morris has a 2.78 ERA in 33.1 innings, with a 30:8 K/BB ratio. Alex Presley, Starling Marte, and Chase d’Arnaud each had a stolen base. It was the 13th of the year for Marte, and the 9th of the year for d’Arnaud. Yamaico Navarro made his first start, going 1-for-4.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Richmond 4

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (2.33) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.276) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Robbie Grossman, CF (.215) – 2-for-6

Game Notes: Tony Sanchez is now 11-for-31 (.355) in his last ten games, with five doubles in his last five starts. Tim Alderson has a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings since moving to the Altoona rotation. H also has a 13:6 K/BB ratio in that span. Altoona won in the bottom of the 11th on a walk off single by Robbie Grossman.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Fort Myers 1

Starting Pitcher: Hunter Strickland, RHP (3.06) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.269) – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (1.48) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Jason Townsend, RHP (1-2, 2.51) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton won in the bottom of the tenth inning on a walk off single by Alex Dickerson. Hunter Strickland has given up three earned runs in 17 innings over his last three starts, with a 6:3 K/BB ratio. Porfirio Lopez has a 1.48 ERA in 24.1 innings pitched this year, with a 14:8 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Hickory 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-4, 6.96) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, CF (.271) – 1-for-4, BB, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Zac Fuesser, LHP (4.70) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ryan Hafner now has a 15:27 K/BB ratio in 32.1 innings this year. In his last four starts he has 17 walks in 16.1 innings. Zac Fuesser has a 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings as a reliever this year, with a 16:6 K/BB ratio. Junior Sosa went 1-for-4 with his 12th stolen base of the season.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 31-22

AA: Altoona Curve – 24-28

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 24-29

A: West Virginia Power – 18-36

Tim Williams

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, 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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  • Ian Rothermund


    With the possibility of Morales leaving due to contractual agreement, is Sanchez getting hot at the right time to warrant a call-up?

    • Lee Young

      Ian….I hope you’re talking AAA and not the majors. He’d make Barajas’ April look monstrous. lol

      • Ian Rothermund

        lol, well Morales isn’t taking up space in the major league club. That’s the void he would leave.

  • Lee Young

    ******FREE Rick VandenHurk**********


  • john.alcorn

    Tim, any kind of recent news on McPherson? Is he at least throwing? What about Bell, most start rehabbing 4-6 weeks post-meniscus surgery?