Pirates Notebook: Hague Battling for Bench Job

BRADENTON, Fla. — The hit collector. That’s what Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle’s nickname is for infielder Matt Hague. And that’s exactly what he’s been doing this spring — collecting hits. Over seven Grapefruit League games this spring, Hague has gone 6-for-18 (.333 avg) with a home run and four RBI. The 26-year-old has been a professional hitter his entire Minor League career. In fact, last season...

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Prospect Sanchez Homers in Intrasquad 4-4 Tie

BRADENTON — Catching prospect Tony Sanchez may have had a disappointing 2011 season in his first season at Double-A Altoona, but for his first Spring Training game in 2012, Sanchez made a good first impression. In his first at-bat in game action this spring, Sanchez took the first pitch from righty reliever Jared Hughes over the center field wall for a three-run bomb in the 7th inning in Team Gold’s 4-4 tie against team...

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Tony Sanchez Broke Jaw Over Off-Season

Rob Biertempfel of the Trib is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez broke his jaw over the off-season in a bar room fight. Biertempfel reports that the incident happened during the Florida Instructional Leagues. Sanchez had his jaw broken in 2010 after being hit with a pitch in Bradenton. That required his jaw to be wired shut for three months. This injury wasn’t as serious, as Biertempfel reported...

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Pirates Add Six Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they’ve added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman. Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don’t see any of the group making the majors out of Spring Training. Cole will start in Bradenton,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Top Prospects: #7 – Tony Sanchez

The Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide will be released later this week, featuring over 250 prospect reports, the 2012 top 50 prospects, a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top ten prospects over the next week.  Be sure to purchase your copy...

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