Rookie backstop Gary Sanchez continues to produce at tremendous depths for the New York Yankees.
When the New York Yankees came calling, Gary Sanchez was up to the task, plain and simple.
Currently, the 23-year-old catcher’s production is reaching absurd levels and another monstrous home run in this afternoon’s ballgame served as an eye-popper.
Well, the truth is, you do not see those numbers … ever.
According to Katie Sharp of River Ave. Blues, he is the first player in franchise history with that production in the maximum of 15 career games. He also became the youngest Yankee cleanup hitter (23.259) to go deep since Bobby Murcer (23.134) did so in 1969, per James Smyth of YES.
Even more impressive is his raw power, something that should be a sight to see for years to come. The rookie phenom’s respective distances on his five round-trippers have not dipped below 400 feet.
Gary Sanchez 5 career HR Distance (per Statcast):
437 ft (!)
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 17, 2016
His swing, a powerful, full-extension, one-handed follow through maneuver, provides him flexibility throughout the zone and a simple attack to a various number of potential offerings.
“Not necessarily. Right now, it appears that way, and I can’t tell you that’s going to change. That’s not necessarily my thought process, but the one thing is, maybe I can play Brian more by doing it this way, where you don’t wear him down and Gary is probably fresher at this point of the season and we’ve liked what he’s done.” – Joe Girardi told Dan Martin of the NY Post
His emergence not only with the bat but behind the plate makes it safe to assume that he has earned full-time starting catcher duties. After all, a team with a ‘youth movement’ may want to stick with youth, particularly neophytes who are tearing the cover off the ball and showing unparalleled poise.
A reduction in Brian McCann’s role — essentially a part-time DH — does not seem to mean much to skipper Joe Girardi, who will not proclaim Sanchez as the starter yet will not deny McCann’s loss of relevance.
These numbers just cannot be sneezed at. They are a representation of what is here, what is to come, and what needs to be done.
Always taking things in stride, Sanchez told Martin, following last night’s defeat, “I feel very comfortable … I’m getting good results right now.”
The one game at a time mentality will only serve as a bonus for the ‘Baby Bombers’, as each and every one of them attempt to make a profound impact in the Bronx.
Gary Sanchez is something extremely special. Cherish this historic start while you can, Yankee fans.