Yankees state of the system: Catchers

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Gary Sanchez
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Gary Sanchez /
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22-year-old Dominican Victor Rey completed his second full season in Pulaski last year and posted a respectable .280 average and .356 OBP. Another converted infielder, Rey needs a little more time in Rookie ball but could be bumped up to Charleston at midseason. He’s started just 43 games behind the plate.

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Finally, Gustavo Campero, a 20-year-old Colombian, made his Gulf Coast League debut last year with a thunderous .292/.444/.521 batting line for the Yankees GCL West. He’s only 5’6″, but Campero’s production may have earned him a look at full-season ball.

The Yankees are hardly loaded with backstops the way they were at the beginning of the decade. It wasn’t long ago that the team had Sanchez, Romine, Jesus Montero, Francisco Cervelli and John Ryan Murphy all jostling for playing time.

But with the ascendance of Sanchez, the team is hopefully set at the catching position for a long, long time. Even though the system isn’t as deep anymore, you’ve got to believe this is the best-case scenario.

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Because, at the end of the day, when you have a 25-year-old starting catcher with Hall of Fame potential and a farm system deep enough to acquire any player you desire, nothing else really matters.