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Tony Sanchez | Catcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. May 23 - 3:19 PM

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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.
May 22 - 4:13 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.
May 15 - 4:18 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.
Apr 26 - 12:52 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.
Apr 19 - 1:43 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.
Apr 3 - 3:23 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.
Feb 26 - 4:24 PM

Pirates recalled C Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 25-year-old catcher has hit just .220/.267/.341 in 15 games this season for Pittsburgh. He will serve only as emergency catching depth down the stretch.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 04:47:00 PM

Pirates optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The move clears a spot for John Buck on the active roster. Sanchez should be back soon enough.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 03:22:00 PM

2009 first-round pick Tony Sanchez hit his first major league homer Saturday off the Giants' Tim Lincecum.

The homer came in his 39th major league at-bat. Sanchez is hitting .220 while serving as Russell Martin's backup. He'll probably never be anything more than a backup, but he might have some long-term value in that role.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 12:46:00 AM

Pirates recalled C Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Sanchez picked up two hits in eight at-bats during his time with the big club earlier this season. He'll provide some insurance behind the plate with both Russell Martin (knee) and Mike McKenry (knee) banged up.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 01:06:00 PM

Pirates optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Sanchez picked up two hits in eight at-bats during his time with the big club. He'll return to a .306/.389/.563 batting line with nine homers and 35 RBI at Triple-A.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 02:21:00 PM

Tony Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a double Sunday against the Angels.

His lone hit was a ground rule double in the second inning off Joe Blanton. Sanchez served as the Pirates designated hitter in his MLB debut, but could see playing time as a backup to Russell Martin.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Pirates recalled C Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

No word yet on the corresponding roster move. Sanchez, the No. 4 overall pick in 2009, is batting .306/.389/.563 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 55 games at the Triple-A level this season.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates could call up Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.

With Russell Martin (neck) sidelined, the Pirates are considering calling up Sanchez if Saturday's game is rained out and a doubleheader is played on Sunday. The fourth overall pick in 2009, Sanchez is batting .269/.380/.449 at the Triple-A level. He could get an extended look if Martin lands on the DL.
Sat, May 11, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel