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Week in Review – July 12 to July 18


If the Playoffs Started Today

Tampa Bay Rays (55-36) vs. Texas Rangers (53-39)
Chicago White Sox (50-41) vs. New York Yankees (58-33)

Colorado Rockies (50-41) vs. Atlanta Braves (54-38)
St. Louis Cardinals (51-41) vs. San Diego Padres (54-37)

League Leaders

Batting Average – Josh Hamilton (TEX) .347
Runs – Carl Crawford (TAM) 70
Home Runs – Jose Bautista (TOR) 25
Runs Batted In – Miguel Cabrera (DET) 79
Stolen Bases – Juan Pierre (CHW) 33

Wins – Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) 15
Saves – Heath Bell (SD) 26
ERA – Josh Johnson (FLA) 1.62
Strikeouts – Jered Weaver (LAA) 142
WHIP – Cliff Lee (TEX) 0.94

Roster Movement

To the Disabled List: Kerry Wood, Mat Latos, Mike Adams, Eric O’Flaherty, Reed Johnson, Matt Wieters, Justin Morneau, Doug Davis

Return from the Disabled List: Zach Duke, Manny Ramirez, Chad Durbin, Carlos Beltran, Jason Heyward, Placido Polanco

To the Minors: Jason Jaramillo, Dan Meyer, Brandon Hicks

Called Up: Allen Craig, Lorenzo Cain, Josh Bell

Trades:

Top Stories and Weekly Links

  • The All-Star Game festivities were this week, so there were only 4 days with games on them. The National League finally managed to get off the bench and win one, as they defeated the American League 3 to 1 on Tuesday. Brian McCann had the deciding hit, and was named the game’s MVP.  Manager Joe Girardi of the American League received a small ration of grief as well for not pinch running Alex Rodriguez for David Ortiz in the bottom of the 9th inning, but overall the game was pretty well played and well managed.
  • The Home Run Derby on Monday was won by David Ortiz, and since the majority of the players participating had very little home run derby experience, it was nice to see them get so much national exposure.
  • Sadly, the Yankee family lost a titan on Tuesday, with the passing of owner George Steinbrenner from a massive heart attack. I wrote up my thoughts on the Boss here.
  • The All-Star break ended with a surprising trade, as the Braves sent their starting SS Yunel Escobar to the Blue Jays for their starting SS, Alex Gonzalez. It appears that Escobar was not well liked in the Braves’ clubhouse, and there seemed to be constant concern with a lack of effort from Escobar. A true challenge trade, it remains to be seen which side will win this trade in the end, but I actually think it could be good for both teams.
  • It had been widely discussed that Padres’ ace Mat Latos would be on an innings limit, and there was talk that he might be placed on the disabled list so that he could be skipped for his next start and help to keep him near that innings limit. The surprise was the “injury” that he sustained to put him there. Apparently he tweaked a muscle trying not to sneeze. At least it’s not a deer meat injury.

From the Twitter Followers and Friends

If you aren’t yet, you can follow me over at Twitter here. These are some of the better reads I found from the previous week.

Upcoming Posts This Week:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: I will be continuing on with my series of posts about the 2003 BA Almanac, going over both the Minor League All-Stars  the Top 20 Prospects by League, and the 2002 Top 100 Prospect List

Friday:  Trade Retrospective of Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs. This one is a huge trade, since 4 teams were involved in it, and also clearly had an impact on the pennant races as well.

Other News

I also wanted to let everyone know that in addition to writing for Fake Teams, I am also now a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. The group of over 200 blogs has writers who cover nearly every aspect of baseball you could think of, and honestly a couple I had not thought of yet.

The BBA has, as a secondary aim, the goal of producing year-end awards in a similar fashion to the Baseball Writers of America.  These awards can be found here in October with links back to the voters, ensuring transparancy and, most likely, the onset of some good baseball arguments.

Over the coming weeks, I will be taking a look at a lot of them (there are so many!), and may potentially writeup a few of them. We’ll see what happens, but I’m really excited to be here!

One Other Thing

Lastly, I wanted to bring up a charity that the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has taken up. Here’s the official word, and what you can do:

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Prospect Review – Tony Sanchez – C – PIT


Baseball Reference.Com Profile
Fangraphs Profile

MLB.COM Draft Profile

The Basics
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2009 Amateur Draft by the Pirates
Age: 21

Statistics

2009 – State College (New York-Penn League – Pirates Short-Season A) – 4 games

  • .308/.357/.385
  • 1 RBI
  • 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

2009 – West Virginia (Sally League – Pirates A) – 41 games

  • .316/.415/.561
  • 7 HR, 46 RBI, 1 stolen base
  • 21 strikeouts, 34 walks

2009 – Lynchburg (Carolina League – Pirates High-A) – 3 games

  • .200/.385/.400
  • 1 RBI
  • 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

2009 Totals (3 levels – 48 games)

  • .309/.409/.539
  • 7 HR, 48 RBI, 1 stolen base
  • 23 walks, 40 strikeouts

Rankings
Baseball America – #3 (PIT – 2010)
Baseball Prospectus – Unranked (PIT – 2009)
John Sickels – #3 (PIT – 2010) – B+

Analysis

Sanchez was taken with the 4th overall pick of the 2009 amateur draft, and was widely viewed as a signability pick for the Pirates. He was viewed as a top-tier catcher in the draft, however not really that high by very many experts. He was coming off of a great season at Boston College (.346/.445/.614, 14 HR, 51 RBI), and also improved his plate discipline during that season (30 walks, 40 strikeouts).

Whether or not he was drafted to address lower contract demands, Sanchez came out during his brief time in the minors and posted excellent numbers as well. (.309/.409/.539 between 3 stops. His bat would definitely play at catcher if it keeps up like this, but what about his skills behind the plate?

From MLB.COM’s draft report: Solid catch-and-throw guy behind the plate. Has pretty quick feet and moves well defensively.

It seems to me that Sanchez should be at least a solid chance to stick behind the plate long-term. He did throw out 33% of baserunners attempting to steal in the minors (18 out of 54), which should hopefully improve. The Pirates’ system does not really have a lot of catching prospects behind the two players on the Major League roster (Ryan Doumit, Jason Jaramillo), so I have to imagine that they’re going to give him every chance to stay there.

MLB.COM doesn’t think he will develop a lot of power, but I could see potentially him hitting 15-20 a season in the Majors. His bat really looks like it is not going to be a hindrance that a team would have to hide. Strangely, a pretty decent comp for Sanchez is current Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit. Doumit’s best season to date: .318/.357/.501, 15 HR, 34 2B. I could see less power out of Sanchez overall (probably like a .450-.475 slugging), but the average could be similar, and a slightly higher OBP as well.

Outlook

Sanchez should hopefully start the season at High-A Lynchburg, and if he performs well should be promoted to the Pirates’ AA team by mid-season. He looks like he could potentially grow into a solid Major League catcher, providing that they don’t rush him too much. He’s going to need some seasoning most likely to help make sure his defense behind the plate develops to a Major League level. His plate discipline should allow him to be considered at least a solid hitter for the position as well.

Projection for 2010

.320/.390/.490, 12 HR, 65 RBI (Split between High-A and AA)

Expected ETA

I can’t see him getting there until 2012 at the soonest. The Pirates would be smart to let him develop in the minors, and help keep his cost down since the Pirates are probably at least another 2 years away from seriously being in contention. But he should be another good young player for the 2012-2013 Pirates.

Monday’s Prospect for Review: Chris Carter (1B/DH) of the Oakland Athletics