I had a difficult time passing any of these following great players up. The organization has had many outstanding catchers throughout their history.
Bill Dickey (1936-1937)
Bill Dickey was a phenomenal offensive force for the Yankees before Berra, and he had an exceptionally sick run between 1936 and 1937. In those two years combined, Dickey had a three slash of .345/.422/.591, giving him an incredible OPS of 1.012. He also hit 51 home runs and drove in 240 runs.
Elston Howard (1963)
Elston Howard won the Gold Glove Award and the American League MVP for his fantastic season in 1963. At the plate, he batted .287 with an OBP of .342 and SLG of .528. He also hit a career-high 28 home runs and drove in 85 runs.
Jorge Posada (2007)
Posada was a vital member of the organization in the 90s and the first decade of the 2000s. He was the Yankees’ catcher for my entire childhood, and I will remember him forever.
One could think his career-year was 2003 when he finished third in the AL-MVP voting. However, his 2000 performance was a little better. While Posada in 2003 had a career high in home runs (30) and runs batted in (101), he had a higher three slash in 2000.
At the age of 28, Posada had rightfully won the Yankees’ starting catcher job, and he did not disappoint. In 2000, he won his first of five Silver Slugger Awards, and he made his first All-Star appearance. But in my opinion, 2000 wasn’t even Posada’s best year. It was 2007 when he was 35.
In 2007, Posada had a remarkable career-high three slash of .338/.446/.543, and he hit 20 home runs while driving in 90. In 2007, Posada also made his final All-Star appearance after a three-year drought and won his last Silver Slugger Award.
I was very close to choosing this Posada as the Yankees’ catcher in my all-season lineup, but Posada was not as good of a fielder as Munson was.
Gary Sanchez (2017)
It seems the Yankees sure know what to look for when scouting catchers because that’s a pretty impressive list. The future of current catcher Gary Sanchez appears to be bright as well. I’m confident he will break the AL catcher home run record in 2018, but hopefully, he improves his fielding as well.
In 2017, Sanchez had a three slash of .278/.345/.531 while hitting 33 home runs and driving in 90 batters. He also made his first All-Star Game appearance and won his first Silver Slugger Award.