Yankees Rookie Catcher Gary Sanchez is a Budding Superstar
By Phil Akre
New York Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez has taken the Major Leagues by storm. He’s putting up video game-like numbers, and he hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down.
For the first time in years, the Yankees look like they have a true homegrown star.
In Monday’s 8-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals, Gary Sanchez collected just one hit in four at-bats. Based on the way he’s been destroying the ball lately, this performance seemed as if it was a letdown. Don’t let this game fool you, Sanchez has had about the best start to a career as you could ask for.
He recently became the first ever rookie to win two consecutive Player of the Week awards. To put this in perspective, the last Yankees catcher to ever win the award was Thurman Munson. Sanchez was able to capture these awards by hitting a combined .523/.603/1.247 with five doubles, nine home runs, and 15 RBI’s.
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He etched his name into the record books after becoming the fastest player to hit 11 home runs in MLB history. It took him just 23 games. Insanity.
But he wasn’t done there, he became the only player in MLB history to collect 10+ home runs and 30+ hits in his first 22 games.
As it sits now, Sanchez is hitting .398 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI’s. Obviously, he won’t be able to hit .400 for the rest of his career. But, it’s almost impossible not to be encouraged by his early showing.
While other prospects like Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin continue their temporary slumps, Sanchez has continued to amaze. He’s pushed Brian McCann aside, and he’s taken the role of everyday starter.
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Take a look around the league. You always hear about hyped up “impact prospects”, who come up to help a team late in the season. There are the Trea Turners and Julio Urias of baseball. Who was the last one for the Yankees? Who was the last one who brought this much energy and excitement to the Bronx?
Way back in 2005, Robinson Cano came up, and developed into one of the best second basemen in the game.
Gary Sanchez looks like he could be on his way to becoming one of the game’s elite backstops.