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Curve C Sanchez promoted to Triple-A
June 3, 2012 - Cory Giger
Catcher Tony Sanchez was promoted from the Curve to Triple-A Indianapolis following Sunday night's game. Here are a few thoughts from the 2009 first-round draft pick (No. 4 overall) and others with the club.
Sanchez: "Surreal experience, man. My first promotion since '09, so I forgot what that feels like. It feels good, and I'm really happy. ... It's been a long road of hard work and a huge learning experience."
Sanchez: "Let's say June 3 last year, I probably feel 10 to 20 times better. With the trust the staff has in me with my pitch calling and the trust that I have in my coaching staff. ... Everything's coming together now with the pitch calling and the offense and the physical things that I do behind the plate."
Manager P.J. Forbes: "He earned it. There was no entitlement here. He's earned his promotion."
Forbes: "This isn't about the offense. This has nothing to do with how he's swinging the bat. That's just for us a bonus right now. The main thing for us all along has been what he can do being able to handle the staff and gaining their trust, and I believe in my heart that he did that. JJ feels that, the whole staff feels that."
Pitcher Tim Alderson: "He's made some really big strides. He's kind of gotten away from calling the college game, if that's what you call it. He's learning to read hitters more and not just get into a sequence, you know calling breaking balls 0-2. He's really learned a lot."
Pitcher Brandon Cumpton: "He's a great catcher. Anything he puts down back there, I trust him, I always feel like we're on the same page. He's worked hard for it, he's a great catcher, so I'm sure he's going to have continued success up there."
Sanchez's stats with the Curve: 40 games, .277 average, 0 HRs, 17 RBIs, 14 2Bs, 1 3B, .370 OBP, .760 OBP. He's committed 7 errors but hasn't had one since May 8. He's thrown out 13 out of 49 baserunners (26.5 percent) and has improved recently, throwing out three runners Tuesday against Richmond.