Top 10 Opposing Players for 2011 - No. 8
No. 8 - Tony Sanchez
Bio: Pittsburgh's first-rounder in 2009, Sanchez was seen by some as a safe pick, because of his college pedigree and low price tag. From Boston College, he's a commodity both behind the plate and with the bat. Were it not for a broken jaw at the end of the year, Sanchez likely would have seen Altoona in first full season. He's already on the Curve's roster on the team's website.
2010: As I mentioned, Sanchez had his jaw broken late in the year by a Brad Holt fastball. Before that, Sanchez looked good. In 59 games, he hit .314/.416/.870 with four home runs and 35 RBIs. He struck out just 41 times in 207 at-bats.
What People Are Saying:
"Sanchez is the rare catcher with the ability to impact games both behind the plate and at it. He's a potentially special defender with plus-plus receiving skills and a well above-average arm. He has a mature approach at the plate and scouts believe that many of his doubles will turn into home runs down the road as he learns to drive balls better."
-- Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus
When You Can See Him: Sanchez and the Curve come to Waterfront Park from May 31 - June 2 and July 1-3.