Gary Sanchez wasn’t on the Yankees for a long time. In fact, he was only there for two months. But that didn’t stop Sanchez from making National headlines and winning the hearts of Yankees fans everywhere. The best part is, Sanchez is no longer considered a Major League prospect; he’s now considered a Major League rookie. And a big accomplishment for Sanchez is he was the fastest rookie to reach 20 home runs. Overall, Sanchez hit .299/.376/.557 with 20 homers and 42 RBI’s. In his short time with the Yankees, sabermetrics dubbed Sanchez an extremely valuable player, as he ended the season with a 3.0 WAR. Sanchez’s WAR was the third highest on the team behind left fielder Brett Gardner and ace Masahiro Tanaka.
So, let’s break down Sanchez’s August through October:
August: Gary Sanchez was called up on August 3rd against the New York Mets, and during the month, he put on a batting clinic, hitting 11 bombs and driving in 21 runs in 95 at-bats. Sanchez also added nine doubles for a bit of flair. For the month of August, Sanchez hit .389/.458/.832.
September: Average-wise, Sanchez had a cool month. But he continued establishing his power stroke, hitting nine home runs and driving in 21. For the month of September, Sanchez hit .222/.307/.525
October: Sanchez had a hit in three at-bats while working a walk. For the month of October, Sanchez hit .333/.500/.333.
The Verdict: In the short amount of time Sanchez was in the Major Leagues, he left quite an impression. He proved he could handle the pressures of hitting in big situations, and he was the Yankees go-to catcher when the season was winding down. The Yankees have three catchers on the roster going into Spring Training next year, but it’s safe to say Sanchez isn’t the one going to be dealt. Instead, he’ll be part of a youth movement, a movement that hopes to one day bring the Yankees their 28th World Series Championship.
So what would be Gary Sanchez’s final grade?
FINAL GRADE: A
Tomorrow: We move onto the infield where we’ll grade Tyler Austin, who started his Major League career with a bang and had impressive home run moments since then.