Yankees: Will Gary Sanchez rebound in 2019? Jack Curry weighs in
By Sefket Nouri
Yankees 2017 All-Star catcher, Gary Sanchez struggled during the 2018 season. He’s been criticized heavily by the fanbase for his lack of hustle and defensive struggles behind the plate. Will, he rebound in 2019? Jack Curry of the YES Network, weighs in.
Jack Curry spoke during the YES Network’s hot stove show and said that the Yankees are banking on Sanchez’s, power for the 2019 season. Jack said if you ask Sanchez about the 2018 season, he’ll be embarrassed. He thinks Sanchez will get better defensively, but he needs to be more focused and into the game and in order to rebound next season.
Jack is one of the very few people that I trust in the baseball industry when it comes to the Yankees. His insights are consistently on point, and he’s hardly wrong. He gives out criticism, but they are accurate.
Another reason why I believe Jack, is no one like’s getting booed, specifically under the bright lights of New York in front of thousands of fans. Although for Sanchez, he does have somewhat of an excuse as to why he didn’t produce like he’s capable of in 2018.
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He suffered a groin injury in June and ended up on the disabled list on June 25 and reinstated on July 19. Gary then ended up back on the disabled list from July 24 to September 1 dealing with the same injury. We later found out after Gary had an MRI that he re-aggravated his groin injury during the first inning of a memorable game against the Rays in which he was criticized heavily for not hustling.
Gary had a .186/.291/.406 slash line during the ’18 season, so hopefully this is the reason why his production was so poor. He ended up missing 63 games because of the injury. Gary also ranked first twice during both the ’17 and ’18 season in neglecting to block 34 passed balls in total. That is appalling.
Sanchez also underwent surgery for his left shoulder on November 8 to remove tissue from his shoulder. He is expected to make. a full recovery by spring training which should lead to a more productive 2019 season.
Let’s hope El Gary returns to his former ’17 form because if he does it will go a long way in helping the Yankees win the AL East. A lineup of him, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and possibly Manny Machado would give the Yankees arguably one of the best lineups in baseball.