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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 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. Dec 13 - 4:23 PM

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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.
Dec 9 - 10:47 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.
Oct 27 - 5:48 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.
Sep 1 - 12:36 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.
May 23 - 3:19 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.
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Elias Diaz
5Sebastian Valle
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Gustavo Nunez
3Jake Elmore
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Deibinson Romero
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
3Andrew Lambo
4Willy Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
7Jeremy Bleich
8Nick Kingham
9Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Brandon Cumpton
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Casey Sadler
9Bobby LaFromboise
10Rob Scahill
11Radhames Liz
12Deolis Guerra
13Blake Wood
14Brad Lincoln