Comments on: First Pitch: Taking the Jordy Mercer Approach With Tony Sanchez http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:11:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27447 Thu, 16 May 2013 01:36:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27447 I like the part about putting the base on the mound. So you think the throw to CF and the high throw to 3B could have been better? So do I. I think the Pirates are almost required to give Cole a shot in 2013. Being the No. 1 overall comes with a lot of expectation, and, although it is a decision with delicate balance, Cole could benefit from pitching with guys like Burnett and Rodriguez. I do not see any downside.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27436 Wed, 15 May 2013 18:40:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27436 In my case, McHenry was not judged on the A.J-McHenry debacle. I watched McHenry practice, I watched him in ST and never saw him throw well. Martin has caught A.J. also and the traveling circus did not happen, yes someone stole a base on them, but there was no track meet.
I am convinced if you put a base on the pitchers mound, McHenry would not be anywhere near it if someone was running toward it.
Don’t forget, we had a whole year of McHenry last year.

As far as Cole is concerned it is highly unlikely that he will be in the majors this year, just no room for him and he is not pitching lights out anyway, although he probably could be in the majors with several other teams. The Pirates have no reason to bring him up as long as the job is getting done, better to let him hone his skills in minors, he is only what 23.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27427 Wed, 15 May 2013 16:16:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27427 If Gerrit Cole comes up in June, that means a Rotation of Burnett, Rodriguez, Cole, Liriano, and Locke, who continues to impress. That still leaves Jennmar Gomez and Justin Wilson as “shared starters”. Where does that leave guys like McDonald, Karstens and Morton? I agree that McKenry has struggled, but evaluating a Catcher throwing out runners with AJ Burnett on the mound? The Fort may be on the go list also. McDonald goes, and when he does, Jordy Mercer comes back, Barmes is an excellent defensive SS and players benefit from that type of interaction. And, yes, Tony Sanchez has matured and is now ready to be in the majors.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27424 Wed, 15 May 2013 14:07:23 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27424 The Pirates view on players is often different from the fans and media, if they think the player is a utility player, he won’t play very much when he gets to the majors, if they think they are everyday players, they might play them.
But i agree with Tim, if Sanchez comes up it has to be to play ahead of McHenry. McHenry is clearly never going to be the number one catcher in Pittsburgh, Heck if Sanchez was not around, I would move Paulino up to the starting catcher spot ahead of McHenry. I know that Paulino would not help with the bat, but backup catchers are more for defense than they are for offense.

Sanchez caught stealing rate belies how well he gets the ball to 2nd base and his career stat is totally useless since the Pirate pitchers were not even trying to hold runners in the past and Sanchez was not built up physically to anywhere near where he is now.
It would appear that the Pirates are starting to stack up major league talent in the minors, we should start to see some trades at the midway point of the year IMO. When you have talent to trade it makes it a lot easier to get something good in return.

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By: eric gaumann http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27421 Wed, 15 May 2013 12:08:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27421 I see Sanchez has a pretty large leftie/rightie split. Small sample size, sure, but still.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27418 Wed, 15 May 2013 11:21:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27418 Tim…good points…didn’t realize Tony was swinging the bat that well.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27417 Wed, 15 May 2013 11:20:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27417 C42….according to this:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sanche001ton

22% THIS year and 24% for his career. Better than 0% (IF it translates)

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By: Cocktailsfor2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27416 Wed, 15 May 2013 10:59:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27416 D’ya know what TSanch’s CS rate is, and how many PB?

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-taking-the-jordy-mercer-approach-with-tony-sanchez.html#comment-27415 Wed, 15 May 2013 10:58:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53526#comment-27415 It’s a good point. Hopefully our manager and GM are giving this strong consideration, because The Fort does Not have a major league arm. There are high schoolers making better throws.

I wonder what effect Sanchez’s broken jaw had on setting his hitting back.

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