Interview with Tony Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates surprised everyone when they took Tony Sanchez with the fourth pick in the 2009 draft. Sanchez was the 32nd rated prospect according to Baseball America rankings, and the thought at the time was that the Pirates would be better served to select one of the top high school arms in the draft. They took Sanchez, he signed right away, and quickly started to silence his critics, going on to hit for a .316/.415/.581...

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Lynchburg Hillcats even series thanks to Tony Sanchez HR

Last night the Lynchburg Hillcats went to extra innings with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and missed taking the lead twice on fly balls to the warning track. Frawley Stadium, home to the Blue Rocks, is one of the most pitcher friendly stadiums in the Carolina league, thanks to a very spacious outfield, including a deep left field (see picture here). So when Tony Sanchez came up tonight in the top of the 8th inning, with the score tied...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/10/09

Lynchburg Hillcats vs Wilmington Blue Rocks The Lynchburg Hillcats won a great pitching matchup tonight, beating the Wilmington Blue Rocks 1-0 to take game two of the best of five series, tying the series up at 1-1. Rudy Owens made the start, and was fantastic, with six shutout innings, four hits allowed, one walk, and six strikeouts. The line was especially impressive considering the Wilmington lineup featured Eric Hosmer and Mike...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/9/09

Lynchburg Hillcats vs Wilmington Blue Rocks The Lynchburg Hillcats lost the first game of their best of five series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, losing by a score of 7-1. Justin Wilson had a strong start, but ran in to trouble, giving up four runs in the second inning. Three of those runs were unearned, thanks to errors from Jordy Mercer and Alex Presley. Overall, Wilson went five innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on six...

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2009 West Virginia Power Season Recap

The 2009 West Virginia Power team was probably the best team in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system this year, in terms of the talent which passed through the level. Between the 2008 draft, the 2009 draft, and the massive amounts of trades this year, a large majority of players in West Virginia were legit prospects. That’s rare for any level. The team struggled in the first half, putting up a 27-43 record, which ranked last in...

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