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First Pitch: Tony Sanchez Getting An Early Tryout For a 2015 Starting Role

First Pitch: Tony Sanchez Getting An Early Tryout For a 2015 Starting Role

The last time Tony Sanchez was in the Majors, he didn't get much of a chance to prove what he is capable of as a potential starting catcher. Sanchez only had 18 at-bats over six games in the first few weeks of the season, serving as the backup to Russell Martin. The sample sizes were limited, and thus, brought big reactions to individual plays.

When Sanchez strung together a few game winning hits the first week of the season, I received a lot of comments saying that he shouldn't be sent back down once Chris Stewart returned from the DL. When Sanchez made a few poor, and costly, throws a week later, I was receiving comments that Sanchez shouldn't be the starting catcher in 2015.

In either case, a few plays were being highlighted by the limited playing time from Sanchez. Today, Russell Martin went on the 15-day DL, and Sanchez was recalled in a series of roster moves. That means that, for at least the next 15 days, Sanchez will get the workload of a starting catcher. This isn't a h...

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