PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pirates Catching Prospect Tony Sanchez joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93.7 The FAN to talk about his 2012 season, his time in the Pirates minor league system, and the training methods the team uses to make their players mentally tough.
When it comes to the year he had splitting time between the AA Altoona Curve and AAA Indianapolis Indians, Sanchez said “offensively I’d probably give myself a C-…I hit for average in AA and kind of hit for power in AAA.” Defensively Sanchez said “I did fairly well, I threw out a lot of base runners, made a lot of strides with my relationship with my pitchers, I’d give that a B+.”
One of those pitchers Tony worked with this past season was Pirates top prospect, Pitcher Gerrit Cole, and he gave us a scouting report on how Cole looked, and the way he adjusted to the talent at the AAA level.
Tony has faced some injuries during his time in the minors both on and off the field, suffering a broken jaw twice, and he openly discussed with us each time it happened.
We wrapped things up with Tony talking about the organizations philosophy on holding base runners on and throwing them out when they attempt to steal, and some of the unique training methods they’ve used to help develop their players.