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26 Tony Sanchez C
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 5/20/1988 | Birthplace: Miami, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Boston College | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Pirates activate Chris Stewart, send down Tony Sanchez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Pirates recalled catcher Chris Stewart from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against Milwaukee, per the team's official website. Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear roster space for Stewart's arrival.

Stewart injured his hamstring on March 9, which caused him to start the year on the DL. He batted .333 (6 for 18) with two RBI in five total rehab games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis.


Pirates' Tony Sanchez getting more comfortable in second start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez went 3 for 4 in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Brewers. Sanchez, who went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in his first start, felt a lot stronger Sunday, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I felt good, a lot better than Cincinnati," Sanchez said. "Got the first-game jitters out of the way and got back to what I was doing in spring training. That's staying in the big part of the field and hunting fastballs in the spot that I'm looking for."

Manager Clint Hurdle wants Sanchez to stay calm at the plate.

"He needs to stay within himself," Hurdle said. "I think his adrenaline outplayed him a little bit the last start. Today he calmed things down in the batter's box. He's done a really solid job behind the plate, both games."

Sanchez is now hitting .375 in eight at-bats this season.


Rodrigues, Kang, Sanchez and Hart to start season with Pirates


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle revealed four players that will open the 2015 season on the 25-man roster. 

Those, via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, are Sean Rodriguez, Jung Ho Kang, Tony Sanchez and Corey Hart

"Sean Rodriguez is on the club,“ Hurdle said. ”[Jung Ho] Kang is on the club. Tony Sanchez is on the club, based on the situation that has kind of happened with Chris Stewart. ... Corey Hart is on the club. We have the one open set."


Pirates C Tony Sanchez could break camp on 25-man roster


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Chris Stewart's pain could once again be Tony Sanchez's benefit. 

With Stewart's hamstring injury keeping him out for at least two more weeks, Sanchez will likely make the Pirates' Opening Day Roster. Also helping Sanchez is the fact he's had a teriffic spring, batting .526 with a 1.518 OPS. 

"It's way too early to tell if a DL assignment will be required [for Stewart]," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "The nice part is, Sanchez has had a great camp on all sides of the game, and if Chris is not ready, we feel strongly about having somebody who can step in."

A year ago, Stewart had a knee injury that allowed Sanchez to break camp on the 25-man roster as one of the Pirates' catchers. But Stewart did have minor knee surgery and returned in only one month. 

Even so, the Pirates could once again be relying on Sanchez on the roster in April. 

"Our focus is on continuing to help Sanchez be ready, if needed," Huntington summed up. "And if [Stewart] is ready to go, we'll have a lot of catching depth."


Pirates' Stewart could be out two more weeks due to injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is expected to miss two weeks with a sore hamstring, which could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. If Stewart begins the season on the disabled list, catcher Tony Sanchez would likely take his spot on the roster.

When healthy, Stewart -- who has been sidelined since March 9 -- is expected to split catcher duties with Francisco Cervelli. Stewart is just 1 for 5 (.200) in three spring games.


Pirates manager Clint Hurdle may carry three catchers this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle may be trying to shake things up a bit. While catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart appear to be locks to make the team, Hurdle is considering carrying a third catcher for Opening Day, reports MLB.com.

"We've got a long way to go. We've got two weeks of baseball to go. I would think it would be an interesting concept for us to carry three catchers," Hurdle said Tuesday. "That would be very interesting. I won't say it's on the top of my list. I won't say it's on the bottom of my list."

If he decides to go that route, Tony Sanchez and Elias Diaz would be the next options for Pittsburgh. Hurdle likes what he's seen from Sanchez so far in camp.

"You've got to love the things Tony's brought to camp this spring," Hurdle said. "You've got to love the way he's receiving the ball, blocking the ball, throwing the ball and swinging the bat."


Tony Sanchez could be right-handed bat off bench for Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tony Sanchez could serve as a right-handed bat off the bench in 2015, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"My job is to give Clint [Hurdle] a versatile bench," Huntington said. "We'd like to do that. We've not done that as well as we could have in the past."


Pirates announce several roster moves Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Pirates have promoted catcher Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. Additionally, the team reinstated right-hander Stolmy Pimentel from the disabled list. The team also selected contract of right-hander John Holdzkom and optioned him to Triple-A. Chris McGuiness was designated for assignment to open a spot on 40-man roster.

Tony Sanchez dispatched to minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) The Pirates have optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for closer Jason Grilli.

Sanchez has performed well at the plate. He had eight hits in his last 24 at-bats before his demotion.


Tony Sanchez expected to be demoted to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez is expected to be demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis Saturday when closer Jason Grilli returns from the disabled list, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Tony Sanchez OK after banging up elbow Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez was in the starting lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees after he banged up his right elbow Saturday.

However, manager Clint Hurdle said catcher Nevin Ashley will be on standby in case Sanchez has a setback in the first game, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I think he’s fine," Hurdle said. "He activated earlier, he’s going out to swing and throw, but I feel he’s in a really good place. We were thinking of possibly bringing Nevin here for some protection in case Tony didn’t activate very well or was really banged up late more than we anticipated."


'Sanchez brothers' hit homers for Pirates on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Tony Sanchez and Gaby Sanchez are not related - but they were related in a way Thursday. They both hit home runs to give the Pirates a lead in Milwaukee.

The former launched his first of the season - a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 2-1. The latter blasted a solo shot to lead off the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.


Pirates recall Tony Sanchez from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) The Pirates have recalled catcher Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Saturday's game against the Cardinals, the team announced. He batted .250 with one home run and five RBI in his first 16 at-bats in the minors this season.

Pirates activate Chris Stewart, demote Tony Sanchez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) The Pirates have activated Chris Stewart off the disabled list and optioned fellow catcher Tony Sanchez back to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Stewart has missed the entire regular season after undergoing knee surgery in March.


Tony Sanchez has three RBI through two games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez provided his team's only offense during a 3-2 loss Thursday against the Cubs. Sanchez got Pittsburgh on the board in the seventh inning with a two-RBI single off reliever James Russell.

It was Sanchez's only hit in four at-bats in his first start of the season. He is batting .400 (2 for 5) with three RBI in two games. Sanchez singled in the winning run during Wednesday's 16-inning game.


Tony Sanchez blames himself for Edinson Volquez's poor start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez blamed himself for Edinson Volquez's poor start Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Volquez gave up six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Orioles. Sanchez said it was the first time he had ever caught Volquez, and could tell the pitcher was uncomfortable for most of the start. It's Volquez's first season with the club, and he'll have to get on track with his catchers. Russell Martin is expected to be the team's primary catcher during the regular season.


Pirates option Jeff Locke, Tony Sanchez to Double-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) The Pirates optioned pitcher Jeff Locke and catcher Tony Sanchez to Double-A Altoona Wednesday. Locke was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but the team will give him a little time off instead.

"This move allows us to give Jeff Locke a short break," general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.  "It also allows Tony Sanchez to get back to the Major Leagues as soon as the rules permit us to do so. In addition, this gives us the opportunity to maintain a full roster until both Jeff and Tony can return to the club on September 3. That is when the Double-A season is over and when the club intends to recall both players."

Locke, who hasn't won a game since July 21, is 0-2 with a 7.02 ERA since picking up his last win. Sanchez has hit .220/.267/.341 with one home run and four RBI in 41 at-bats.


Tony Sanchez optioned to minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) The Pirates have optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to the minors Wednesday. 

With the team acquiring John Buck Tuesday, there was no need for Sanchez on the active roster. He's hitting .220 in 41 at-bats. 


Tony Sanchez hits first career homer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez went 2 for 4 and hit his first career home run in his team's 6-3 loss to the Giants Saturday. He's played in 15 games with the Pirates, going 9 for 41 with the one home run, two doubles, three runs and four RBI.

Sanchez has hit .288/.368/.504 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI in 260 at-bats for Triple-A Indianapolis.


Pirates looking for depth at catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday the team is pleased with how rookie backup catcher Tony Sanchez has performed, but the team will look to add another catcher, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Huntington said the team is expected to carry three catchers when rosters expand in September.

"We're looking for different ways to upgrade the club," said Huntington, who indicated the organization might search for a catcher it could send to Triple-A Indianapolis for depth.


Pirates recall Tony Sanchez


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) The Pirates have recalled catcher Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis, MLB.com reports. Sanchez is hitting .288/.368/.504 in 76 games at Indianapolis and 2 for 8 in two games for the Pirates.

'Throwing challenges' is last hurdle for Tony Sanchez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) While Pirates catcher prospect Tony Sanchez is having a resurgent year offensively for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday the former top 100 prospect has to clean up his defense before he's promoted to the majors for an extended stay.

"Tony's last box to check off is to work through his throwing challenges," Huntington said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Tony Sanchez takes 'long road' back to success


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Pirates catcher prospect Tony Sanchez belted a three-run homer off Astros prospect Jarred Cosart, helping the International League All-Stars to a 4-3 win over the Pacific Coast All-Stars in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star game. 

Sanchez, who was considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America in 2010 and 2011, is having a resurgence for Triple-A Indianapolis. He's batting .282 with a .502 slugging percentage, .866 OPS, nine home runs, 26 doubles and 40 RBI in 70 games.

"It's been a long road these last few years," Sanchez said to MLB.com. "Just to be an All-Star really is a testament to the offseason."

Though, Sanchez -- who worked on improving his at-bats in the offseason -- will have to bide his time in the minors with veteran Russell Martin ahead of him.

"They're playing really well," Sanchez said. "I've caught them all, but still, I know it's hard to throw another catcher out there with a No. 1 staff. To go in there and expect to be the top catcher is unrealistic."


Pirates option Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) The Pirates have optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis, the club announced. Sanchez went 2 for 8 with a double in his short stint with the team. He'll get consistent at-bats at Indianapolis, where he owns a .306/.389/.563 line in 55 games.

Tony Sanchez to rejoin Pirates


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez is expected to join the team in Los Angeles Saturday, according to 937 AM radio in Pittsburgh.

Sanchez, the team's first-round pick in 2009, did not receive an at-bat after spending one day in the majors in May. He hit .306/.389/.563 with nine homers and 35 RBI in 55 games played at Triple-A Indianapolis.