Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Headed to the Dominican
Nov12

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Headed to the Dominican

Catcher Tony Sanchez is leaving for the Dominican on Wednesday, going there to play for Toros del Este. He played some first base late in the season this year, but he will go to the Dominican strictly to play catcher. He should probably see action in about 5-7 days. Last year when Andrew Lambo joined his Venezuelan team a few weeks after the season started, he took five days before he played his first game. Sanchez batted...

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First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?
Oct22

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around $13.5 M, which is a bit misleading, since the...

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2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base
Oct21

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa won the job out of Spring Training, after...

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2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid
Oct20

2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid

Almost two years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to the biggest free agent deal in franchise history. The deal was for two years and $17 M, outbidding the New York Yankees by a few million. Martin turned down a three-year deal from the Pirates, opting to enter free agency a year earlier. That turned out to be a very wise decision. At the end of the 2013 season, I looked at Martin compared to the previous catchers in...

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The Benefits of Tony Sanchez Playing Winter Ball
Sep20

The Benefits of Tony Sanchez Playing Winter Ball

Tony Sanchez will play in the Dominicans this upcoming winter, as Pete Ellis reported. Sanchez played 81 games in Triple-A this year, hitting .235 with a .758 OPS. He’s also played 25 games for the Pirates, amounting a .275 average and .669 OPS. In all, it was an inconsistent year for Sanchez at the plate, and the Pirates would like to see him make improvements in his approach. “He’s going to see spin [in the Dominicans], he’s...

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