Indians' Sanchez named IL postseason All-Star
INDIANAPOLIS (IndyIndians.com) - Former Indianapolis Indians catcher Tony Sanchez has been named to the 2013 International League Postseason All-Star team. The selection marks the backstop's third overall All-Star honors and first postseason accolade of his career.
Sanchez, who has been with the Pittsburgh Pirates since July 28, was also named to the 2013 Midseason All-Star team, where he was tabbed the contest's Top Star after smashing the eventual game-winning three-run homer. The 25-year-old appeared in 76 games with the Indians prior to his promotion, batting .288 (75-for-260) with 35 runs scored, 26 doubles, a career-best 10 home runs and 42 RBI. His tenure also featured a then team-high hitting streak of base knocks in nine consecutive games from June 10-20.
At the time of his promotion, Sanchez ranked tied for sixth in the International League and first among league catchers in doubles, while his .504 slugging percentage was tied for ninth-best in the IL and the highest among all backstops. In addition, he also coaxed 28 walks and six hit-by-pitches to rank seventh in the league with an .872 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Sanchez entered the campaign tabbed as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Pirates Organization by Baseball America. After helping lead the Indians to the best record in all of baseball during his stint in Indianapolis, the backstop received his first promotion to the big leagues, and even recently knocked his first Major League homer off two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. He is currently hitting at a .220 clip with two doubles, a homer and four RBI in 15 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sanchez is the third catcher in Indians history to be elected to the IL Postseason All-Star team, joining Jason Larue (1999) and Erik Kratz (2009).