Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson’s Sixth Homer, Tony Sanchez Returns to Indianapolis
May27

Prospect Highlights: Alen Hanson’s Sixth Homer, Tony Sanchez Returns to Indianapolis

On Monday against Erie, Alen Hanson launched his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning. All of his homers have come in the month of May, resulting in a .913 OPS to go along with his .299 average in 25 games this month. Tony Sanchez returned to the Indianapolis lineup on Monday and had this RBI single in the sixth inning.  He finished the game 1-for-4 Jaff Decker threw out two runners at home plate on Monday,...

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Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis
May23

Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated closer Jason Grilli from the disabled list and catcher Tony Sanchez has been optioned to Indianapolis. This move was expected to happen today and with Russell Martin coming off the disabled list yesterday, Sanchez will return to AAA to play everyday. Martin had to serve a one game suspension before he could return to action. Grilli has been on the disabled since April 26th with a left oblique...

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Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up
May17

Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up

Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan has a few updates tonight on who could be called up for tomorrow’s double-header. First, Zangrilli says that Brandon Cumpton will be the 26th man. Pirates will also bring up Brandon Cumpton as 26th man. — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) May 18, 2014 The scheduled starters are Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole, so Cumpton would probably just serve as an extra arm out of the bullpen. He was...

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First Pitch: What Would Russell Martin Be Worth in Free Agency?
May15

First Pitch: What Would Russell Martin Be Worth in Free Agency?

Earlier today I wrote about the throwing problems from Tony Sanchez, and how those issues could keep Sanchez from being a starter in the majors. The Pirates will have a choice this off-season between trying to bring back Russell Martin, or giving the everyday job to Sanchez. Originally it seemed like a lock that Sanchez would take the job next year. But the more he struggles with his throwing, the more he could see that future...

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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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