Tony Sanchez leaves game with head injury

Top catching prospect Tony Sanchez left tonight’s High-A Bradenton game after being hit in the head with a pitch. Dejan Kovacevic reports that the injury does not appear to be serious.

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Tony Sanchez should pack his bags for Altoona

Brett_Lorin_and_Tony_SanchezAfter a brief slump, Tony Sanchez recently resumed his domination over the Florida State League. Ryan Doumit is hitting well, with a .360 wOBA. He is 29-years-old, has an injury history and is lousy defensively. The Pirates have decent catching depth in the upper minor leagues. The conditions for a Doumit trade are almost ideal.

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What is the 2010 draft budget?

An important topic with the upcoming draft will be the budget the Pirates have to sign players.  In the past two years, the Pirates have shelled out $18.7 M in bonuses, which ranks number one in the majors.  They’ve taken two different approaches, first shelling out big money for Pedro Alvarez, then drafting for signability with Tony Sanchez, and in each case they ended up spending around $9 M or more a year. In 2008...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/27/10

No prospect watch tomorrow night, although there will be a regular post…INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 9-7 against Charlotte.  Hayden Penn got hammered, allowing six runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings, with six walks and three strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched 1.1 perfect innings, and got credit for the win.  Vinnie Chulk pitched two more perfect innings, with five strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/26/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Akron 5-2.  Bryan Morris made his second start in AA, and went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Morris has allowed two runs in 11 innings so far, with a 13:3 K/BB ratio in his AA debut.  Tony Watson pitched two innings, allowing a run on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts....

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