Pirates release former top prospect Tony Sanchez

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Pittsburgh has released catcher Tony Sanchez after the former No. 4 overall pick was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed.

Sanchez was once considered a top prospect and the Pirates drafted him out of Boston College in 2009 believing he’d move quickly through the minors, but instead his career stalled out and his offensive production never impressed.

He’s still young enough to carve out a niche as a backup catcher and getting a fresh start in another organization is probably for the best, but it’s not a good sign for Sanchez’s perceived upside that the other 29 teams all passed on him.

To his credit, when the Pirates dropped him from the 40-man roster last week Sanchez tweeted the following: