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Pirates Prospect Tony Sanchez Starts Blog From Arizona Fall League

Pirates catching prospect (and 2009 No. 4 overall pick) Tony Sanchez has begun a blog from the Arizona Fall League. In his first post, Sanchez discusses what he's been through in the last four months - he was hit in the face by a pitch and went down for the season because his jaw had to be wired shut and he couldn't feed himself well enough to stay in playing shape. Not much fun.

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It's been almost four months since I've played in a game with any meaning and let me tell you, four months feels like four years. Taking a 95 mph heater to the jaw is not very pleasing and having to spoon feed myself blended Chef Boyardee isn't something I'd wish on my worst enemy. Funny story though, the pitcher from the Mets who is guilty for throwing that fastball happens to be on my AFL team, so I thought that was quite the coincidence. Needless to say, he feels awful and was very apologetic once he realized I was the guy whose face he destroyed. But everything happens for a reason and if he doesn't hit me with that pitch, I probably wouldn't be here right now.

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Sanchez joins fellow Pirates Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, Andrew Lambo, Justin Wilson, Aaron Pribanic and Brian Leach in the AFL.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.