Yankees: 3 players whose futures with NYY are doomed after shortened season

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Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

1. Gary Sanchez

If this isn’t the end of the road for Gary Sanchez with the Yankees, we’d be surprised.

The 2016 and 2017 versions of Gary Sanchez made him one of the most beloved Yankees at the onset of his MLB career. His offensive production helped fans overlook his defensive woes, and if not for his rocket arm, he may not even be a serviceable starting catcher on any MLB team.

Then came the injuries and offensive regression. Gary has played in just 406 games since debuting in 2015 and, despite his 2019 All-Star campaign in which he cranked 34 homers in 106 games, he’s batted .200/.295/.453 since the start of 2018.

If that wasn’t enough to do him in, his playoff stats are even worse. Across 27 career postseason games, Sanchez is hitting .176/.225/.382 with 10 runs scored, 6 home runs and 16 RBI. Nobody’s asking him to hit .300 with a .900 OPS, but those struggles mirror his regular-season downfall.

The 2020 season is arguably his worst stretch of hitting, too. In 34 games, Sanchez is batting .121 (only 13 hits!) with a .557 OPS. His defense has improved, but there are still serious concerns in that department with passed balls and dropped pop ups. His body language has been poor, too, but it’s hard to blame him given what he’s going through.

Just imagine how much worse this would all be if he hadn’t hit that game-winning grand slam against the Mets.