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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Pirates Promote Rodolfo Castro and Lolo Sanchez to Bradenton

Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates promoted outfielder Lolo Sanchez and second baseman Rodolfo Castro from the Greensboro Grasshoppers to the Bradenton Marauders. The move happened after Tuesday night’s South Atlantic League All-Star game, in which both Sanchez and Castro participated.

The two 20-year-old prospects were in their second season in Low-A ball, repeating the level after putting up average numbers last season. Sanchez started off slowly last year, then finished on an up note in the second half. This season, he has been hitting since day one, posting a .301/.377/.451 slash line in 61 games, with ten doubles, six triples, four homers and 20 stolen bases. He is the #14 prospect in the system, but should move up during the mid-season update.

Castro (pictured above) showed off some power last year, but hit just .231 and didn’t draw many walks, while also striking out too often. His defense also needed some polish, as he has the skills to play shortstop, but would make some errors on easy plays at second base. This season he is hitting .242/.306/.516, with 14 homers, which ranks fourth in the SAL. Castro ranks just outside of the top 30 prospects, but should move up during the mid-season update.

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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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