According to the ESPN Draft Tracker, the Pirates met with BC catcher Tony Sanchez and may be in line to take him with the fourth pick in the draft, since he's probably not going to be there at 49. Here's what they say about him:
Summary: Sanchez is probably the best all-around college catching prospect in this draft and has a chance to sneak into the late first round. He has a good swing and definite power, but he hits with a very soft front side and thus doesn't square balls up as well as he should. Defensively, he's made big strides since last summer, trimming down and showing more agility behind the plate, with average arm strength and good hands. He may never be above-average back there, but he should be able to stay behind the plate. That, plus his raw power, makes him a potential everyday catcher in the majors and a very high-probability backup.
I just don't understand. When you had the chance to draft the best catching prospect in the last 10 years, you got a lefty for the bullpen. Now there are solid SP's, a position of need and you want a catcher. The time to get a catcher in the 1st round is not now. And if you do, do not get the guy who is the 4th ranked catcher overall behind three HS players or the 30th player overall according to Keith Law and isn't a first round pick in the Baseball America mock (they have the Pirates getting Crow and I can live with that.)
I'm a diehard fan of the Bucs, but you can only get so many projected 3rd starters or LH specialists with top picks in the draft before someone gets frustrated. I was looking forward to them getting a solid pitcher like Crow or White. It they get this guy with the 4th overall pick, I don't know what I will do. It's the battered wife syndrome, you can only get sucker punched so many times before you burn the bed.
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