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Gary Sanchez – The Next Yankee Great?

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Gary Sanchez

Rookie catcher Gary Sanchez is on pace to become the next great New York Yankee

When the New York Yankees signed 16-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez as an international free agent in 2009 with a $3 million signing bonus, many people were surprised. It did not take Sanchez long to prove why the Yankees valued him so highly.

In 2010, Sanchez hit .329 with 8 home runs and 43 RBI’s in 47 games while playing for the Yankees Low-A farm team. Many people started to take notice of the young catcher when he was ranked the 30th best prospect in baseball to start the 2011 season.

His 2011 campaign was cut short due to injury but in 82 games he hit .256 with 17 home runs and 52 RBI’s.

Sanchez was ranked the 4th best prospect in the Yankees organization to start the 2012 season and soon was promoted to High-A ball. He would start the 2013 season at the same level but after belting 13 home runs, the Yankees promoted him to Double-A.

Double-A is where Sanchez would stay until 2015 when he was selected to represent the Yankees in the Futures Game. Sanchez earned a promotion to Triple-A after the Futures Game where he would stay until his big league call-up. He made his major league début on October 3rd, 2015 but went without a hit in 2 at-bats during the regular season.

After the 2015 season, Sanchez was sent to the Arizona Fall League where he led the league in home runs and was named Fall Stars Game MVP.

Sanchez failed to make the opening day roster for the Yankees to start the 2016 season. He was called upon to play in the majors for one game in May. He again failed to record a hit, going 0-4 on the day.

On August 3rd, the Yankees again promoted Sanchez to the majors and he’s been hitting home runs ever since. A week later he recorded his first big league home run and had his first multi-home run game on August 16th. He was named AL Player of the Week on August 22 after hitting .523 with 4 home runs.

Gary Sanchez is the only player in major league history to hit 11 home runs and have 32 hits in his first 23 games. He is also the first Yankee to have 11 home runs in a month.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi had this to say about Sanchez’s home runs:

“I don’t think you’d expect anyone to do what he’s done, even if you’re a major league player that’s had a lot of success. The numbers that he’s put up are just off the charts.”

Of course Sanchez can not keep up this pace for an entire season but he has proven that he can hit major league pitching and that he can hit it hard. At the trade deadline, the Yankees were sellers which signified that they may be in the middle of a rebuild. Whether the Yankees want to admit that they are rebuilding or not, they have found a good piece to build around in Gary Sanchez.