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    Default A recent scouting report on Tony Sanchez (not Anup)

    Tony Sanchez has shown flashes of major league tools this year but other times he has failed to be the standout prospect the Pirate thought they selected in the first round two years ago. Coming out of Boston College, Sanchez graded out as a solid-average power, but he has yet to show any flash of that in pro ball. His swing doesn't generate much power and he has struggled to lay off the breaking ball at times. He'll also chase first pitch more often than not, breaking ball or fastball. More patience at the plate will allow Sanchez to get his pitch to drive, something he has yet to prove he can do that consistently this year. He has the potential to be an above-average hitting catcher average-wise, but I don't think he will develop into more than 10 home run a year hitter at the MLB level.

    Behind the dish Sanchez does possess the tools to be a slightly above-average MLB defender. He handles the fastball well and has quick feet, which makes him a wall behind the plate. He has the ability to handle to big league pitching staff. Compared to the past, Sanchez looks to have a hitch in his delivery to second, back to the pitcher and throwing to third base after a strikeout. It's almost a double clutch. I have seen him sail multiple balls into the outfield and almost shot put the ball back to the pitcher. Its getting progressively better but still an area of concern. Itís nothing like the Saltalamacchia yips case but seeing that hitch in his delivery puts up a tiny red flag.

    Overall, Sanchez grades out as an average MLB catching prospect. He will not wow you.

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    Default Re: A recent scouting report on Tony Sanchez (not Anup)

    It's on Projectprospect.com......

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    Thats pretty much how I pegged him, when the Bucs reached for him, to save some green.

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    Default Re: A recent scouting report on Tony Sanchez (not Anup)

    Projections for catchers is a crapshoot. It's really the toughest position to develop because of the responsibilities of the position. Tony hasn't played a full season in the minors yet because of injuries and he was hitting well before he what, broke his jaw last year? His bat will come around again and he'll be an above average catcher with 18 HR/yr 40 doubles type power imo. Yeah the pick saved some green, but I think NH made the right pick with Sanchez at the time and still do. By the end of this season he'll pick it up.
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    Default Re: A recent scouting report on Tony Sanchez (not Anup)

    OF Mike Trout who was selected 25th overall in 2009 (Sanchez' draft year) was promoted to the big leagues today. He is regarded as the best prospect in all of baseball - arguably ahead of Bryce Harper.

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    OF Mike Trout who was selected 25th overall in 2009 (Sanchez' draft year) was promoted to the big leagues today. He is regarded as the best prospect in all of baseball - arguably ahead of Bryce Harper.
    Really? Are the Angels? that desperate? Isnt the kid like 19 playing at AA?

    I like the finer point of the story though which says, that guys that the experts consider to be reaches and overdrafts can become the better prospects than guys that the experts claim were Top 5 types
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    Really? Are the Angels? that desperate? Isnt the kid like 19 playing at AA?I like the finer point of the story though which says, that guys that the experts consider to be reaches and overdrafts can become the better prospects than guys that the experts claim were Top 5 types
    It's way too early to put any kind of label on Sanchez, who I believe is gonna turn out to be a top 3 catcher in the NL. Funny how you can have 5 different experts say 5 different things about the same guy when in actuallity, the game film ultimately tells the tale.
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    Thats pretty much how I pegged him, when the Bucs reached for him, to save some green.

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    How does a team that was one of the biggest spenders in the draft in 2009 save "green"? That just doesn't make any sense. I always looked at the Sanchez pick the same as an NFL team or NHL team that trades to draft lower because they don't view what is available for them to pick worth what that player is going to demand.

    We all ***** when we overpay guys like Lyle Overbay but demand that we blindly throw money at players that a bunch of website/magazine/TV personalities rank. It's really all about value and worth.

    As for Sanchez, he's not hitting for any type of power, homer or gap power this year and his BA has dipped because of it. His plate discipline is still strong, he's not K'ing anymore than at any other point in his short career and he's still drawing walks but there's something in his swing etc... that's preventing him from hitting with any power. For a "Prospect" website this was a pretty ****ty article/blurb that sort of tells us what anyone can tell just by looking at Sanchez's stat sheet right now. What it DOESN'T tell us, which I would expect or hope that a prospect/scouting website/rag would provide is an explanation to why? Why is Sanchez hitting a full .140 points lower in his slugging percentage than last year. Nearly .200 points lower in OPS? The kid is striking out less and drawing more walks than he has in any of his 3 minor league seasons and he's shown the ability to produce .800-.900 OPS results.

    I believe that Sanchez is the opposite of what this "scout" claims. I believe that Sanchez has good gap power. He probably will max out around 10 or the lower double digits in power as a ceiling, but I believe the kid will be a good hitter and that the gap power is there. He's shown it. It's a matter of the Pirates staff to figure out where it's gone and get that stroke back
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    My fear is that the kid is bailing out a little instead of planting in the box and driving the ball due to getting drilled in the face twice last season. This would explain the power loss and dip in average. He might be swinging all arms just slapping the ball. Making contact so the K rate is low but not hitting the ball with any authority.

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    My fear is that the kid is bailing out a little instead of planting in the box and driving the ball due to getting drilled in the face twice last season. This would explain the power loss and dip in average. He might be swinging all arms just slapping the ball. Making contact so the K rate is low but not hitting the ball with any authority.
    I thought so too. Best explanation I can think of.

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    Anyone who has played baseball and got beaned is a little gun shy. He got beaned and broke his jaw. I would expect with a broken jaw that his strength has been diminished some (he may have been on a liquid diet for the duration of his recovery.

    With the diminished strength and gun shyness could both be contributing factors. I'll also throw this out there: with both contributing factors, his swing has probably changed mechanically. He's (and the coaches) have time to figure it out. Let's let them do it.

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    An average MLB catching prospect? Based off of this? What lunacy. They were drafting the guy for his defense, which is going to be well above average. They weren't drafting him to be Joe Mauer or Buster Posey. They were drafting him to be Yadier Molina, and it took Molina a while for his bat to be anything decent.

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    Anyone who has played baseball and got beaned is a little gun shy. He got beaned and broke his jaw. I would expect with a broken jaw that his strength has been diminished some (he may have been on a liquid diet for the duration of his recovery.

    With the diminished strength and gun shyness could both be contributing factors. I'll also throw this out there: with both contributing factors, his swing has probably changed mechanically. He's (and the coaches) have time to figure it out. Let's let them do it.
    No way his strength is still effected. He was back before last season even ended wasn't he? He had an entire offseason to eat and am sure he was drinking protein shakes through the straw. Don't think a broken jaw prevents you from running of lifting does it?

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    No way his strength is still effected. He was back before last season even ended wasn't he? He had an entire offseason to eat and am sure he was drinking protein shakes through the straw. Don't think a broken jaw prevents you from running of lifting does it?
    Don't know about the lifting, but a broken jaw will keep you from running.

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    Don't know about the lifting, but a broken jaw will keep you from running.
    You ain't lifting with a broken jaw either. When your squeezing out those last few reps, what usually happens? You clench your jaws and are growling like a rabid dog while biting down with what seems like enough pressure to snap a tie down chain. Its gonna take a full season for Sanchez to work through this, but he'll be fine. At This point it's mostly the psychological issues of getting hit in the face that he has to get over as I am sure his strength is probably back.
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