Friday, May 15, 2015
What about Gary?
Gary Sanchez is easy to forget about. He’s been in the Yankees organization since he was 16. He’s been rated in Baseball America’s Top 100 since 2011. He’s in his second full season at AA, yet he’s just 22, nearly four years younger than the average age of guys he’s playing against (according to Baseball Reference).
When a guy has just been consistently good, as well as around for a long time, he gets overshadowed by shiny new toys. Players like Aaron Judge and Luis Severino have injected much-needed life into the farm system, but Sanchez is still one of the crown jewels.
He’s a righty-hitting catcher with power, and his defense has become a strong point, notably his arm. I think people are weary of getting too hyped about him because of Jesus Montero, but he’s a better defender than that. His bat is good as well, as he should be a solid middle of the order guy in his prime. He hit 13 HRs as a 21-year-old in AA last year, after hitting 15 in 2013 and 18 in 2012. He’s off to a slow start this year, but I expect him to heat up as the season goes on.
So while Yankee fans are excited over Judge and Severino and Lindgren and Bird and Refsnyder, I, for one, am anxiously awaiting Gary Sanchez’s arrival, likely sometime next year or maybe even this September. It’s been a long time coming. There's no need to rush him, and I hope that he and John Ryan Murphy form a solid 1-2 catching combo in the next few years.