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Tony Sanchez | Catcher | #59

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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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Angels signed C Tony Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Sanchez was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster last month, after batting .201/.298/.317 in 2016 between two different Triple-A teams. The former top prospect has a path to playing time in Anaheim if he can get finally it all working, but that doesn't seem likely to happen. Sanchez turns 29 years old next May. Thu, Dec 1, 2016 02:36:00 PM

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Giants sent C Tony Sanchez outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

Sanchez signed a minor league contract with the Giants in August and earned a callup to San Francisco on September 27, but he did not appear in a major league game. The former top prospect is now off the club's 40-man roster and he seems doubtful to earn a spot back for the opening of the 2017 season.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Giants purchased the contract of C Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Sacramento.

Sanchez will serve as emergency depth at catcher for the Giants over their final six regular-season games. The former Pirates prospect hit .200/.317/.340 in 60 plate appearances with Sacramento.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 08:06:00 PM

Giants signed C Tony Sanchez to a minor league contract.

Sanchez was released by the Blue Jays on July 28. He has not played in the majors this season and that will likely remain the case unless disaster befalls the Giants. In 149 at-bats at Triple-A Buffalo prior to his release, the 28-year-old backstop was hitting just .201/.292/.309.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 09:04:00 PM

Blue Jays released C Tony Sanchez.

The Blue Jays needed to clear a roster spot for Erik Kratz, who agreed to a minor league deal on Thursday. Sanchez was only hitting .201 for Triple-A Buffalo and wasn't close to getting called up to the major leagues. The 28-year-old will catch on somewhere else as minor league depth.
Source: Sportnet
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Blue Jays signed C Tony Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The former No. 4 overall pick was released by the Pirates last month. Sanchez will provide another glove to throw to in camp but should begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo.
Fri, Feb 19, 2016 10:12:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 01:25:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 01:52:00 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2Jefry Marte
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
8J.C. Ramirez
9Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Huston Street
3Andrew Bailey
4Bud Norris
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Parker
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Deolis Guerra
9David Hernandez
10Keynan Middleton
11Mike Morin
12Daniel Wright