The New York Yankees’ catcher, Gary Sanchez, is showing off his arm in Toronto as he catches Curtis Granderson trying to steal second base.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) March 31, 2018
Gary Sanchez’s ability to block balls in the dirt has been questioned by many, so it’s easy to forget about his elite arm. He showcased that arm on Saturday as he cut down Curtis Granderson trying to steal second base on Dellin Betances. Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees have to like what they see behind the plate.
Betances is notorious for letting baserunners have free rein on the base paths. Not today against El Gary. Sanchez made up for Betances’ slow delivery by quickly popping out of his stance and uncorking a throw that had Curtis Granderson dead to rights.
This is why calls for Gary Sanchez to change positions are laughable and hopefully, we’ll be spared of those takes this season. Sure, he struggles to block balls in the dirt at times, but he does everything else well. He calls a good game, frames pitches well, and ask Granderson how good his arm is.
Things fell apart after this, as the Jays ran all over Betances in the eighth inning, but that was no fault of Sanchez’s. Kevin Pillar worked a walk and proceeded to steal second and third base. He tested Betances and Sanchez by stealing home and forcing a throw, but a wild throw from Betances gave El Gary no chance to make a play.
Hopefully, Betances can figure out a better way to hold runners because if he does, Gary will handle the rest.