Tony Sanchez hit eight homers in 206 at-bats in Triple-A last year.

One thing that will probably always surround Tony Sanchez is the controversy of his selection in the 2009 draft. The Pirates passed on a group of highly rated prep pitchers to take Sanchez fourth overall. The selection was made for two reasons. The main reason was that the Pirates could sign Sanchez for around slot price, and use the extra money on prep pitchers in the middle round. The Pirates also liked Sanchez's defense, and felt he had the offensive potential to hit in the majors.

It doesn't help now that most of those 2009 prep pitchers have underperformed. It also doesn't help that Sanchez hasn't been hitting for the last two years. In 2011 in Altoona he had a .241/.340/.318 line in 402 at-bats. He returned to ...

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