Some notes from the Minors
During his weekly media gathering, general manager Neal Huntington touched on a number of players in the organization’s farm system. Thought I would run through those comments here for those who like to keep tabs on what’s going on in the Minors.
On Tony Sanchez, who was not considered an option to come to Pittsburgh despite the Pirates’ catching needs: “Tony needs to continue to refine all areas. Unfortunately, most catchers don’t call their own games [in high school or college] so a big part of it is game-calling so he can recognize swings and come up here and help our pitchers get through not only games, but innings. Tony has made great progress on all fronts. We just didn’t feel like this was the right time to bring him to the Major Leagues. We’ve still got some things that he needs to accomplish before he goes to Triple-A.”
On Stetson Allie, who is slated to make his pro debut in State College: “I’m looking forward to seeing him compete, get back under the lights. He’s worked hard on consistency of his mechanics, consistency of his approach and his last several outings in extended Spring Training were very encouraging – power arm, power slider, the changeup is getting better, the consistency of delivery, the consistency of his mentality is getting better. He’s making great strides.”
On first baseman Matt Curry, who recently made the jump from Low-A to Double-A: “You always hate to jump guys a full level, but Matt has shown great maturity and knowledge of the strikezone. [He] obviously [has] tremendous raw power, and we felt mentally he could handle that jump and fundamentally that he was in position to go up and hit Double-A pitching. He’s done a nice job so far. He’s going to have to allow himself to keep doing the things that have allowed him to be successful, and if he does that, he’ll continue to progress and move forward.”
On right-handed starter Kyle McPherson, who was promoted to Double-A shortly after throwing eight no-hit innings with high-A Bradenton: “There was a lot of brass in the stands when Kyle went out and really threw a great game. He kept the ball down, mixed in and out, used his curveball effectively, used his changeup very effectively, blew up some bats, located down and away. Really had a tremendous outing. He’s anywhere 88-95 [mph]. He’s thrown great for us.”
On Triple-A shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, who has hit .390 since May 11: “[He’s improving with] just consistency day-to-day, which is any young player’s biggest challenge. Chase has continued to do a nice job maturing as a person, maturing as a player, showing up every single day with the ability to help the club win.”
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