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Tony Sanchez | Catcher | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Boston College
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (4) / PIT
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Pirates released C Tony Sanchez.
Sanchez, selected No. 4 overall by the Pirates back in 2009, was designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old has been a big disappointment so far in his career, but he shouldn't be without a team for long. Jan 13 - 1:25 PM

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Pirates designated C Tony Sanchez for assignment.

The move was made in order to make room for Neftali Feliz on the Pirates' 40-man roster. Sanchez, the No. 4 overall pick in 2009, has appeared in 51 games at the major league level and batted .236/.342/.342 over 94 games in Triple-A last season.
Jan 6 - 1:52 PM

Pirates optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Chris Stewart is off the DL, so there's no longer a need for Sanchez. He'll represent depth at Triple-A.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 02:05:00 PM

Tony Sanchez doubled twice Tuesday to raise is spring average to .464.

With Chris Stewart likely DL bound to start the year, Sanchez figures to open up as Francisco Cervelli's backup. It'd just be a short-term assignment, though, even if Sanchez keeps hitting. The Pirates like Stewart's defense too much to bail on him.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 04:25:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tony Sanchez will get some work at first base and could serve as a right-handed bat off the bench next season.

When Russell Martin signed with the Blue Jays it seemed to open the door for the former top prospect, but the team doesn't appear to be confident he can handle the role of everyday catcher. He hasn't given them much reason for optimism, as Sanchez has hit just .252/.295/.378 in 135 at-bats over two major league seasons. The club will likely go with newly acquired Francisco Cervelli behind the plate instead.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 04:23:00 PM

Tony Sanchez was released by his team in the Dominican Winter League.

Sanchez had been struggling offensively and defensively, so Toros del Este sent him home early. It's common for teams in the DWL to cut ties with American players who don't perform well over small sample sizes, so this isn't a major red flag. But it will probably be called further evidence that the 26-year-old catcher is not ready for a bigger role in Pittsburgh. Russell Martin departed as a free agent this winter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Tony Sanchez is no longer slated to play winter ball.

No word on why the Pirates changed their plans. Sanchez batted .267/.300/.360 with two home runs and 13 RBI over 80 plate appearances with the big club this season and could take on a bigger role in 2015 if Russell Martin signs elsewhere.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Pirates recalled C Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Sanchez will operate as the Bucs' emergency third catcher for the stretch run. He might not make any starts.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Pirates optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Russell Martin is back from the disabled list, so the club has no need for a third catcher. Sanchez is hitting .278 with two home runs over 21 games this year.
Fri, May 23, 2014 03:19:00 PM

Tony Sanchez is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis when Jason Grilli (oblique) is activated from the disabled list.

Russell Martin is back from a hamstring strain and Chris Stewart is his primary backup, so this isn't a big surprise. Sanchez is hitting .278 (20-for-72) with two home runs, 12 RBI, and a 26/3 K/BB ratio in 21 games this year.
Thu, May 22, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Tony Sanchez hit his first homer of the season Thursday against the Brewers.

Sanchez has gotten the bulk of the playing time behind the plate over Chris Stewart with Russell Martin out. Still, he'll likely be sent down so that he can continue to play regularly once Martin returns.
Thu, May 15, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Pirates recalled C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Sanchez is active and getting the start behind the plate on Saturday, hitting eighth against the Cardinals. No word yet on the corresponding move, but it could very well be Russell Martin heading to the disabled list.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 12:52:00 PM

Pirates optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 25-year-old backstop acquitted himself well during his brief stay with the Pirates, hitting .333/.333/.389 with four RBI in 18 at-bats. He'll continue to function as organizational depth and will return to the Pirates should they suffer any injuries behind the dish.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Tony Sanchez hit a two-run single in the Pirates' loss to the Cubs on Thursday at PNC Park.

It was his only hit of the game and it wasn't enough to push Pittsburgh to a three-game sweep. Sanchez is serving as the Bucs' backup to catcher Russell Martin.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Tony Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer to lead the Pirates past the Yankees 6-5 on Wednesday.

Sanchez's homer came off Chase Whitley. He'll never live up to the expectations that caused the Pirates to make him the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, but he has progressed enough to suggest a future as a backup catcher. It's not supposed to happen this season, though, not after the Pirates acquired Chris Stewart from the Yankees to play behind Russell Martin.
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 04:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Ed Easley
1B1John Jaso
2Michael Morse
3Jason Rogers
4Josh Bell
5Jake Goebbert
2B1Josh Harrison
2Gift Ngoepe
3Maxwell Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2Sean Rodriguez
3Cole Figueroa
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Antoan Richardson
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Harold Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jon Niese
5Ryan Vogelsong
6Tyler Glasnow
7Kyle Lobstein
8Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Arquimedes Caminero
3Tony Watson
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Rob Scahill
7Juan Nicasio
8Trey Haley
9John Holdzkom
10Jim Fuller
11Wilfredo Boscan
12Robert Zarate
13Curtis Partch