Gary Sánchez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 230 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/2/1992 (29)
Gary Sánchez Season Stats
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Gary Sánchez News
The New York Yankees have chosen to tender a contract to catcher Gary Sanchez. Sanchez had been speculated as a non-tender candidate, as his salary is expected to be in the area of $8 million dollars via arbitration, but it appears the catcher market did not offer strong enough alternatives for the Yankees to go that route. Sanchez has endured back-to-back disappointing seasons and lost plenty of luster since slashing .232/.316/.525 with 34 homers in 2019. The Yankees will hope he can resume that level of success, but don't be surprised if they continue to seek out upgrades behind the plate. He's a risky power-only fantasy option.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's AL Wild Card game against the Boston Red Sox. Kyle Higashioka will be catching for Gerrit Cole in the game and batting eighth in the lineup. Sanchez really struggled during the final stretch of the regular season. He was hitless in his last 13 plate appearances and batted just .159 from September 1 onward. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Sanchez could be utilized as a pinch hitter in the game. The 28-year-old veteran had a decent season overall, despite the late slump. Over 117 games, he slashed .204/.307/.423 with 23 home runs, 54 RBI and 54 runs.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is not starting Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to MLB.com. After a miserable 2020 campaign, Sanchez has rebounded a bit but isn't the hitter he once was, slashing .207/.310/.431 with 23 HRs, 54 RBI, and 54 runs. It's the second time in three games he's started on the bench. Backup catcher Kyle Higashioka will take his spot behind the plate and bat eighth. Higashioka has no relevance in any league, with a feeble .184 average and .645 OPS. Fantasy managers looking for catching help should seek it elsewhere.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has never had trouble hitting the ball out of the ballpark. In his 421-game career, he has homered at a rate that would make him a 44-homer hitter over 162 games. The first problem is that he has never been able to stay on the field for anything close to a full season, topping out at 122 games played in 2017 and reaching 100 games only twice in his five-year career. This is not only due to injury, but also due to his lackluster defense. We are seeing more and more ace pitchers choose a personal catcher, and that has already begun hurting Sanchez's playing time. Sanchez also appears as a designated hitter at times to counter some of his defensive shortcomings, but it is also true that he has a long list of injuries on his resume. The second problem is that he has become a real crater in batting average, posting a .200 batting average over his last three seasons (998 plate appearances). Now we are left with a guy that will hit home runs while he is in the lineup, but he offers almost nothing else. The good news is that his draft stock has fallen to match the expected production; he is no longer even being drafted as a top-10 backstop. That makes him a fine catcher to to add late in your drafts, but the days of fantasy glory for Sanchez could be long gone, especially if he becomes more of a platoon type.