After moving eleven players to minor league camp on Wednesday, two more roster moves were made this morning.
The@pirates have optioned Tony Sanchez and Andy Oliver to Triple-A. A total of 49 players remain in big league camp.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 15, 2013
Tony Sanchez, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft, will start the year in Indianapolis. There was an outside chance that he’d make the big league club, but the signing of Russell Martin ditched that option. After earning a promotion in June of 2012, Sanchez hit .233 with 8 HR in 62 Triple-A games. He ended the year on a good note, hitting .271 with an .802 OPS in August, including hits in 10 of his final 30 at-bats.
Andy Oliver, a left-handed pitcher, was acquired at the Winter Meetings in exchange for minor league catcher Ramon Cabrera. His time with the Tigers was marked by inconsistency and a lack of control. Oliver showed poor control again this spring, walking six batters in just 3.1 innings. At age 25, hopefully he can sort things out in Indy.