2009 first round pick Tony Sanchez recently talked to Baseball Prospectus’s David Laurila about his first experience in big league camps. The whole interview is worth a read (and since I let my subscription there lapse last week and haven’t gotten around to re-upping yet, I’m fairly sure it’s free for everyone), but man, this quote is just inviting people to take cheap shots at the Pirate:
“Every bullpen I’ve caught has been a pretty good bullpen. All of these guys have so much control and movement on their pitches, it’s no wonder they’re pitching at these levels. It’s almost hard to catch them, so I can’t imagine trying to hit these guys. So far I’ve caught guys like Zach Duke, Brad Lincoln, Donald Veal, Brian Bass, Jeff Sues, Virgil Vasquez, Bryan Morris, Jeremy Powell and a few others. all whom have great stuff and who really impressed me.”
Sanchez ranked #79 on Baseball America’s just released Top 100 prospects. Pedro Alvarez was the only other Pirate to make the cut way up at #8 (the link to Baseball America is bad right now, will update when it goes back up).