Pittsburgh Pirates Release RHP Angel Sanchez

Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates released right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez on Monday. Sanchez, who turns 28 tomorrow, made his big league debut with the Pirates this August and appeared in eight games out of the bullpen. He had an 8.76 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 12.1 innings, with ten strikeouts.

Sanchez was originally acquired off waivers on July 31, 2014 from the Chicago White Sox. He made great strides in 2015, then was injured late in the season when it appeared he could be a September call-up. He ended up having Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2016 season. He returned during Spring Training this year and was showing 95-96 MPH velocity, which was higher than before his injury. Sanchez was inconsistent with Indianapolis and was a somewhat surprising call-up at the time because he was not on the radar at the time.

He has already been dropped from the 40-man roster before, and released prior to re-signing with the Pirates in early 2016, so the Pirates would have lost him to free agency if he was designated for assignment. I wouldn’t rule out him re-signing as a minor league free agent. (Just saw a tweet indicating he is signing to play in Korea, so that explains why he was let go instead of DFA’d).

The 40-man roster is now at 38. Earlier today, the Pirates picked up left-handed pitcher Sam Moll off waivers from the Oakland A’s.

** The Pirates re-signed minor league free agent Alfredo Reyes, who spent the 2017 season with Bradenton. He played multiple positions and displayed an above average arm, strong defense at shortstop and plus speed, but he has never hit at any level during his seven seasons of pro ball. He is a .232/.289/.296 hitter over 506 career games.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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John: Nice story on Sanchez and adds by a few knowledgeable P2 Followers make this a nice feel-good story.

Is there any information out there regarding the Pirates on the International market. Reading the Top 10’s in BA, they always list the Signing Agent. For instance 3 of the Phillies Top 10 from the DR were signed by Carlos Salas; 4 of the Nats Top 10 from the DR were signed by Modesto Illoa; and 2 of the Braves Top 10 from Venezuela were signed by Rolando Petit. Agents linked with teams – does that leave the Pirates out in the cold? Do the Pirates have a relationship with any of the Scouts in Venezuela? Maitan, Gutierrez, Soto all from Ven.


Rodolfo/Rolando – brothers you think or Father/Son? Rolando seems to be the more active of the two for recent signings topped by BA Minor League Player of the Year 19 year old Ronald Acuna, and 17 year old Kevin Maitan. Somebody with a good eye for talent.

eric i

Guessing this was done as a favor to him. I honestly thought he had a chance to be a decent bullpen arm. Cant blame him for taking the money though. Only a few chances in this game at it. Loved the KBO teams write up on him. It was like reading a scouting report here in the states from 15 years ago.


Was that the Pirates being nice to him by releasing him so that he can make a million? Otherwise, there is no real point in “keeping the roster at 38.”

eric i

Need a roster spot for Ohtani!


Shame we won’t see him get his wings.

No, I’m not sorry.


He signed with a Korean team (SK Wyverns, $1.1M) and looks like he’s going to be a starter?????


Total $ 1.1 million (annual salary: 850,000, option: 250,000)

From Korean article. Perks of having a friend who’s KBO fan, lol.



In honesty, everyone should be a KBO fan. That’s some fun baseball.

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