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Gary Sanchez | Catcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/2/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 233
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yankees prospect catcher Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a home run for Double-A Trenton on Friday, raising his season line to .255/.325/.423.
After being benched for a few games for disciplinary reasons, Sanchez has returned to the lineup as the Thunder's starting catcher. He was also suspended for two weeks in 2011 due to insubordination, so the maturity questions which have dogged Sanchez will remain until he proves them to be incorrect. He has hit much better over the past month, putting up a .315/.375/.548 line with five doubles and four home runs. Jun 21 - 11:24 AM

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Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez was benched for a second straight game Thursday at Double-A Trenton due to disciplinary reasons.

He also had a closed-door meeting with manager Tony Franklin. The skipper wouldn't reveal the exact nature of the meeting but did say it was for a "disciplinary action" and that Sanchez could be benched for additional games. "I needed to take care of that today, to get things clarified and cleared up," Franklin said. "I’m not going to tell you what it was, but it was a violation of some of our guidelines and I needed to take care of it. Gary is out of there for a couple of days until we decide he deserves to play again, plain and simple." Baseball America's No. 35 prospect, Sanchez is hitting .252 with seven homers and a .741 OPS in 53 games this season.
Jun 13 - 10:23 AM

Yankees prospect catcher Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a home run for Double-A Trenton.

Sanchez is probably happy to see May end, as he hit .216/.255/.402 during the month. He is hitting .257/.322/.436 with a .279 BABIP for the season while striking out 34 times and walking 17 times. Sanchez is still the top catching prospect in baseball, but he will need to show he can handle the pitching in the Eastern League before he has a chance to be promoted in the major leagues.
Jun 1 - 11:06 AM

Yankees prospect C Gary Sanchez went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI on Monday for Double-A Trenton.

Sanchez's bat has finally come alive after struggling most of the month (.620 OPS in 23 games), as Monday's four-hit effort was his second in the past three games. During that span, the 21-year-old is 9-for-15 with two doubles, one home run and five RBI. While his overall batting line of .259/.326/.414 through 42 games isn't particularly impressive, Sanchez has shown a better feel for the strike zone this season, evidenced by his solid 31/16 strikeout-to-walk ratio thus far.
May 27 - 4:49 PM

Yankees prospect catcher Gary Sanchez hit his third home run of the season for Double-A Trenton on Friday.

Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. He is hitting .301/.396/.494 for the season with seven doubles, three home runs, 12 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 22 games. He has increased his walk rate in 2014 without sacrificing power, and is on pace to post his first batting average above .300 since 2010 when he was in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
May 3 - 10:44 AM

Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez is hitting .353/.450/.588 with five doubles and one home run through nine games for Double-A Trenton.

Sanchez has 10 RBI (second most in the Eastern League) to go with 21 total bases (9th in EL), as well as a 6:7 walk to strikeout ratio. He has not hit above .279 since his half season with Low-A Charleston, so this may be the step forward that has been predicted for Sanchez for a number of years. Sanchez is blocked by Brian McCann in the Bronx, but he could see time as a backup catcher who spends time at first base and designated hitter.
Apr 15 - 10:21 AM

Yankees prospect C Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam on Sunday in Double-A Trenton's win over New Hampshire.

After going 0-for-3 in Trenton's season opener, Sanchez, 21, proceeded to double on both Friday and Saturday before connecting for the grand slam on Sunday. Through four games, Sanchez is batting .214 (3-for-14) with five RBI and a 4/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Apr 7 - 11:47 AM

Yankees prospect C Gary Sanchez connected for his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot, on Sunday against the Marlins.

Sanchez, 21, was technically optioned to Double-A Trenton on March 12, but since then he's remained major league camp and appeared in three games. He's had a successful spring overall, batting .364 (4-for-11) with two home runs while appearing in eight games. In 2013, the Yankees' top prospect batted .253/.324/.412 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 117 games between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. However, with the off-season acquisition of catcher Brian McCann, Sanchez lacks a clear path to the major leagues and therefore could emerge as potential trade bait later this summer.
Mar 17 - 1:25 PM

Yankees optioned C Gary Sanchez to Double-A Trenton.

Sanchez was part of a small round of cuts on Wednesday in Yankees camp. The 21-year-old prospect could become trade bait at some point this summer given that he's now blocked in New York by $85 million man Brian McCann.
Mar 12 - 4:38 PM

The addition of free agent Brian McCann does not make top prospect Gary Sanchez expandable, according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

"That would only be more in the case if he was ready to play now in New York," Cashman said. New York's best prospect slashed .253/.324/.412 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI this past season between Single- and Double-A. The 21-year-old was rated as the No. 57 overall prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2013 season.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 07:24:00 PM

Yankees purchased the contract of C Gary Sanchez from Double-A Trenton.

Sanchez hit .253/.324/.412 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI this past season. The 20-year-old was rated as the No. 57 prospect by Baseball America before the season. Adding him to the 40-man roster protects him from the Rule 5 Draft in December.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 08:54:00 PM

Yankees promoted C Gary Sanchez to Double-A Trenton.

Sanchez batted .254/.313/.420 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI at High-A Tampa to earn the promotion. The 20-year-old top prospect has immense offensive potential, but is likely still a year or two away from being an option at the major league level.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 02:25:00 PM

Gary Sanchez has been mashing the baseball through 64 games with High-A Tampa this season, hitting .275/.338/.490 with 12 homers and 52 RBI.

The 20-year-old backstop is the Yankees' top catching prospect, and should progress to Double-A at some point this season. He's still a couple of years away from being a major contributor at the big league level, but possesses immense offensive potential.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 01:35:00 AM

Yankees reassigned Cs Gary Sanchez, Francisco Arcia and Kyle Higashioka, 1B/C Greg Bird, SS Cito Culver and OF/INFs Tyler Austin and Rob Segedin to minor league camp.

No surprises here. Sanchez, 20, batted .290/.344/.485 with 18 homers and an .829 OPS in 116 games last season between Class-A Charleston and High-A Tampa. He was recently ranked as the game's No. 36 prospect by Baseball America.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez has been cleared to resume workouts Monday following successful heart surgery.

The surgery was performed to cauterize an extra nerve that was found in Sanchez's heart. GM Brian Cashman insists that it won't be an issue going forward. "Trust me, there are no worries now about Gary Sanchez," Cashman said. Sanchez, who turned 18 in December, is coming off a terrific first professional season and was named by Baseball America as the team's No. 2 prospect behind Jesus Montero.
Sat, Feb 19, 2011 10:24:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Kelly Johnson
3Zelous Wheeler
4Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
2Zoilo Almonte
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4David Phelps
5Brandon McCarthy
6Shane Greene
7Chris Capuano
8CC Sabathia
9Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Matt Thornton
5Adam Warren
6David Huff
7Chase Whitley