• Gary Sanchez

    Posted by on July 30th, 2013 · Comments (9)

    More on him.

    I dunno. Yes, he’s young. And, yes, he’s strong.

    But, a .314 OBA (to date) in High-A tells me that he’s got a lot to learn about hitting.

    Comments on Gary Sanchez

    1. Scout
      July 30th, 2013 | 5:25 pm

      I worry about Sanchez; he’s certainly not a sure thing. (But, then, few prospects are, especially at age 20.) He is in his second season at Tampa, and he hasn’t dominated by any stretch of the imagination. He is certainly still quite young. Possibly he’s bored, feeling he’s shown all he can at high A. Possibly he’s been told to focus on his catching and his hitting has suffered as a result. And it’s fair to note that Tampa is another pitcher’s park (like Trenton, his next stop). Yet, you would hope for more from a guy who is usually ranked 1 or 2 in the organization.

    2. Corey
      July 30th, 2013 | 5:55 pm

      @ Scout:
      don’t forget he’s in a pitchers league.

    3. Scout
      July 30th, 2013 | 6:48 pm

      @ Corey:
      Very much so. The most troubling part of his performance is the lack of hitting improvement at that level over time. Reports have his defense improving, which is a plus.

    4. Raf
      July 30th, 2013 | 7:24 pm

      I see Sanchez has a .275 BABIP. He needs more speed or hit more line drives or something. If that goes up a bit, so will his BA & OBP.

      @ Scout:
      I’m still a bit surprised that more players don’t choke up or go the other way. Cut down their swing as if they were going for a batting title
      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122556/

    5. Raf
      July 31st, 2013 | 1:17 am
    6. Scout
      July 31st, 2013 | 6:39 am

      Raf wrote:

      I’m still a bit surprised that more players don’t choke up or go the other way. Cut down their swing as if they were going for a batting title

      Because power is more valuable and increasingly hard to find in this post-steroid era. Sanchez has power to all fields, too. If he hits .270 with 20 home runs in the majors, he’ll be another Posada, and that is what the Yankees want. Whether he ever gets there (or even anywhere close) is the open question. (P.S. He stole 15 bases last year, so he isn’t exactly slow, especially for a catcher.)

    7. July 31st, 2013 | 8:09 am

      Scout wrote:

      If he hits .270 with 20 home runs in the majors

      How many guys hit .270 in the majors when they can’t hit .260 in High-A ball?

    8. baseballbob
      July 31st, 2013 | 2:03 pm

      Posada took a few years to get his average up. He hit .259 in A one year and .240 in AAA the next. I think Sanchez will be ok but JR Murphy looks a lot more ready.

    9. July 31st, 2013 | 2:07 pm

      @ baseballbob:
      Yeah, I am much higher in Murphy too.

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