Tony Sanchez is gaining first-hand knowledge from a good veteran catcher. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Tony Sanchez calls Russell Martin one of the league's best catchers, and he is right to boast.

Martin leads all MLB catchers in assists (73), runners caught stealing (23) and is fourth in caught stealing percentage (43 percent), plus he has started 87 of 120 games at catcher for the Pirates' pitching staff that has baseball's best ERA.

Sanchez arrived in Pittsburgh on July 29 carrying his own pedigree as a former No. 4 overall pick who was known as an already-strong defensive catcher when he was drafted out of Boston College.

"Tony showed up here a good defensive catcher with the skill set," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "You've been able to see that play out in a short pe...

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