COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio Dominican pitcher Jonathan Sanchez earned a spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation for the 2013 season, the team announced today.
Sanchez threw 13.1 innings this spring and limited the opposition to a .229 batting average against while punching out 10. He will be the No. 4 starter in the Pirate organization.
The left-hander made his major league debut with San Francisco in 2006 and has also pitched in the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals' organizations. He's won 39 games in his major league career, highlighted by tossing a no-hitter for the Giants in 2009, and he also helped San Francisco win the 2010 World Series.
During his ODU playing career, which spanned from 2001-04, Sanchez compiled a 29-6 record with a 2.99 ERA. He appeared in 58 games, making 43 starts, and tossed 17 complete games. He whiffed 311 batters during his career and threw a school-record five no-hitters.
Sanchez was the AMC Pitcher of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and was an NAIA All-American from 2002-04, including a first team selection in 2003.
Meanwhile, another former Ohio Dominican pitcher, Ryan Robowski, is expected to begin the season in the minor league system for the Detroit Tigers. Robowski went 1-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 32 combined appearances at Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo in 2012. He registered 49 strikeouts in 55.2 innings last season and finished the year with a 1.14 WHIP.
Robowski pitched three seasons for the Panthers, compiling a 15-5 record with 13 saves and a 3.22 ERA in 134.1 innings pitched. He struck out 144 batters while only allowing two home runs.
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