Sanchez has had a down year at the plate in Altoona.

There has been a lot of talk about how the 2011 season has been a down year for the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system.  A big reason for that has been the struggles in the upper levels of some of the top prospects coming in to the 2011 season.  One of those prospects is Tony Sanchez, who came in to the year ranked the number three prospect in the system, but has hit for a .241/.340/.318 line in 402 at-bats at the AA level.

Sanchez was taken with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2009 draft.  The pick was controversial, as there were a lot of players on the board rated higher than Sanchez.  After he put up a .314/.416/.454 line in high-A in 2010, the pick was seen as less controversial, especially since Sanchez was pro...

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