Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekly AFL Check In: Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez was presumably a mixed bag of emotions this week when he learned that his former Yankees teammate and fellow longtime Yankees prospect John Ryan Murphy was traded to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Aaron Hicks. On one hand all signs point to Sanchez being the backup catcher in the Bronx on Opening Day 2016 but on the other hand he saw a player he has grown up with, undoubtedly worked with and spoken with and built a friendship or bond with, traded. That’s all part of the game, Murphy knows that and I’m sure Sanchez does too, but that doesn’t hold your emotions in check any better.

So the audition for the backup job in the Bronx starts now for Sanchez. After a strong showing in Double-A and Triple-A in 2015 and after making his Major League debut late in the season Sanchez is ready to use the Arizona Fall League and his time with the Surprise Saguaros to his advantage. Before the AFL season started I personally thought the Yankees were using the league to build Sanchez’s trade value, now I think we all know it was to get him ready for the big stage.

Get ready folks, Gary Sanchez is coming.

Gary Sanchez:

Games: 18
At Bats: 77
AVG: .299
OBP: .329
SLG: .649
OPS: .979
H: 23
HR: 7
RBI: 19
BB: 3
K: 16

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