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First Pitch: Why Tony Sanchez Spending 2014 in Triple-A Isn’t a Bad Thing

First Pitch: Why Tony Sanchez Spending 2014 in Triple-A Isn’t a Bad Thing

Tony Sanchez will start the 2014 season in Triple-A. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Heading into the 2013 season, I was looking at Tony Sanchez as a guy who would only have value in the majors for his defense. He was showing good defensive skills in the minors, but wasn't hitting, and that included a lack of power. Perhaps that was due to multiple broken jaws, which caused him to lose a lot of weight and muscle. Or maybe it was that he needed a change in approach. Whatever it was, Sanchez turned things around in 2013.

The catcher saw his hitting and his power return in Indianapolis, with an .872 OPS and ten homers in 260 at-bats. The power actually re-appeared at the end of the 2012 season, where Sanchez hit eight homers in 206 at-bats with Indianapolis. In total, he has 18 homers in 466 at-bats at the Triple-A level, which is about the equivalent of the amount of at-bats he'd have over a full season.

A big reason for the newly added power was his new ability to hit to the opposi...

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