Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?
May14

Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be faced with an interesting decision this off-season. Their starting catcher, Russell Martin, will be eligible for free agency. Their top catching prospect, Tony Sanchez, is at a point where the organization needs to decide whether his future is as a starter, or a backup. The decision? Bring Martin back at a much bigger cost than what they’re paying him now, or give Sanchez his shot at being a...

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First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates
May04

First Pitch: Indianapolis Providing Depth For the Pirates

Dominance in the middle of the order Though Gregory Polanco has stolen most of the thunder this season in Indianapolis, Andrew Lambo has been almost equally as impressive. Polanco had a 10-game hit streak earlier in the season and has been the talk of the town with visits from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo. This attention fails in comparison to the excitement and the buzz that Polanco’s future promotion to Pittsburgh has caused...

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First Pitch: Tony Sanchez Getting An Early Tryout For a 2015 Starting Role
Apr27

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...

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Russell Martin and Jason Grilli to the DL; Tony Sanchez and Jared Hughes Recalled
Apr26

Russell Martin and Jason Grilli to the DL; Tony Sanchez and Jared Hughes Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Jason Grilli and Russell Martin on the disabled list, and have recalled Tony Sanchez and Jared Hughes. The team attempted to place Grilli on the DL yesterday, and recall Hughes. Normally, Hughes would have been eligible to be recalled within ten days to replace an injured player. However, because Grilli’s time on the DL was backdated to April 21st, and because Hughes was on the Pirates’...

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Prospect Highlights: Home Runs From Tony Sanchez and Stetson Allie
Apr25

Prospect Highlights: Home Runs From Tony Sanchez and Stetson Allie

Indianapolis won 7-5 on Thursday night in a game that included half the runs scored in the ninth inning. Half of those six runs came off the bat of Tony Sanchez, who hit his first home run since being sent to AAA. The Altoona Curve swept the Harrisburg Senators Thursday night with their 6-1 win. Stetson Allie homered for the third game in a row, his sixth homer of the season. Tyler Sample pitched six shutout innings, striking out...

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