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tony sanchez

Posted: 08/22/2014 3:31 PM

tony sanchez 


playing first base tonight
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Posted: 08/23/2014 4:04 AM

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I mentioned a few months back about him possibly being the RH part of the first base platoon next year if Gabby gets too expensive in that role.

His defense blows and I cant see him being behind plate next year as a regular.
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Posted: 08/23/2014 7:37 AM

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Not too long ago he was deemed a lock to be "at worst" a great defensive catcher with some pop in his bat.  Or so the prospect hoarders would tell you.
"I originally said he would get fired in mid-May after a poor start, but honestly, he might not make it to May at this rate." A 'professional' opinion of Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle 4/8/13
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Posted: 08/23/2014 10:18 AM

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GhostOfPBG wrote: Not too long ago he was deemed a lock to be "at worst" a great defensive catcher with some pop in his bat.  Or so the prospect hoarders would tell you.

This was, indeed, the popular wisdom where Sanchez was concerned.  In fairness, I don't know that anyone could have reasonably predicted that his glovework would go over a cliff---it's usually a player's bat that is prone to sudden ineffectiveness rather than their defense---but what happened, happened.  I'll say this much: if Sanchez could continue to hit for the decent average he's shown to this point in his major league career, I could certainly live with him as the "short half" of a first base platoon.  Maybe in the meantime you still work him in for a few games here and there behind the dish to see if he can recover his defensive game.  noidea
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Posted: 08/23/2014 12:13 PM

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It's really not a bad idea. Not only would he be the "short half" of the platoon, but he would fill a valuable role as the 3rd catcher, freeing up 1 of the 2 main catchers to pinch-hit when needed. Of course, with the Pirates, the question is who'll be the 1st and second catchers.
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Posted: 08/23/2014 2:27 PM

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I'm thinking (or maybe hoping) Sanchez is gone next year, mostly due to $, and somebody like Sanchez gets a shot if he can produce for the remainder of the year. First base is a complete logjam with a cast of under-performers. May as well throw Sanchez in the heap of it, too.
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Posted: 08/24/2014 6:39 AM

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williamjpellas wrote:
GhostOfPBG wrote: Not too long ago he was deemed a lock to be "at worst" a great defensive catcher with some pop in his bat.  Or so the prospect hoarders would tell you.

This was, indeed, the popular wisdom where Sanchez was concerned.  In fairness, I don't know that anyone could have reasonably predicted that his glovework would go over a cliff---it's usually a player's bat that is prone to sudden ineffectiveness rather than their defense---but what happened, happened.  I'll say this much: if Sanchez could continue to hit for the decent average he's shown to this point in his major league career, I could certainly live with him as the "short half" of a first base platoon.  Maybe in the meantime you still work him in for a few games here and there behind the dish to see if he can recover his defensive game.  noidea
If he can hit then it would be ok, but as the 4th pick of the draft you have to be extremely disappointed at this failure. You have to remember, but at one time Doumit was voted best defensive catcher in the minors as well.

Sanchez was the "most ready" catcher when he was drafted, but many people had him as the the 3rd best catcher. The other catchers went as sandwich pics or later in the draft. I said it then and say it now it was a bad pick and a reach for a player they could sign for slot or below slot, much like they did this season. I mean just imagine this..... With the 4th pick of the MLB draft the Pittsburgh Pirates select Tony Sanchez, Platoon 1B, Boston College..... as sad as it is, there are people on this board who would still say it was a great pick. I just wonder what catcing "prospect" the Pirates will now start to spin as being "the next big thing"  if Sanchez is moved for good. McGuire is too far away, so I would expect it to be someone else closer to the ML level. I am predicting this happens within the next week based on what I know about PR workings and this management team. I will bet anyone $5 via paypal on this.

** Sanchez is struggling with the bat in AAA this season as well.
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Posted: 08/24/2014 7:08 AM

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Yeah, at this point I think it's safe to say that Sanchez is a complete bust.  He'll never make it as a platoon 1B.  He'll end up being on another team at some point next year.
#fringeprospect
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Posted: 08/24/2014 7:28 AM

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bucaddict11 wrote: I'm thinking (or maybe hoping) Sanchez is gone next year, mostly due to $, and somebody like Sanchez gets a shot if he can produce for the remainder of the year. First base is a complete logjam with a cast of under-performers. May as well throw Sanchez in the heap of it, too.
Yeah, Sanchez is definitely a better option than Sanchez.
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