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Pirates Add Five to the 40-Man Roster

Pirates Add Five to the 40-Man Roster

Tony Sanchez was added to the 40-man roster today.

Today was the deadline to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft in December. The Pittsburgh Pirates added five players to the 40-man roster today. The new additions were Vic Black, Tony Sanchez, Phil Irwin, Ramon Cabrera, and Hunter Strickland.

Sanchez and Black were the two obvious names from the list. Sanchez was the first round pick for the Pirates in 2009. His hitting hasn't been that good in the upper levels, but his defense is enough that he could play in the majors next year as a backup catcher. He could even be an option for the Pirates to pair with Michael McKenry if they can't find a catcher through free agency or a trade this off-season.

Black was drafted in the compensation round of the 2009 draft. For the first few years of his career he dealt with injury issues, which limited his playing time. Last year he was moved up to Altoona and placed in the bullpen. The right-hander had a lot of success, sitting in...

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