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New York Yankees Minor Leaguer Gary Sanchez Rated No.3 in MLB’s Top 10 Catching Prospects

January 25th, 2013 at 4:15 PM
By Karen Vankat

New York Yankees' fans usually know the top prospects in the organization, pitchers are usually the names batted around the most. Gary Sanchez however is a name that should be at the top of everyone's list. The young catcher is seen as a future star of the Yankees which is why Jesus Montero was traded last year. Montero was considered more of an offensive catcher with so-so defensive skills, Sanchez on the other hand can do it all and is considered the No. 3 catching prospect in all of Major League baseball and the No. 1 prospect in the New York Yankees organization.

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Sanchez just turned 20 this past December and if all goes to plan is estimated to arrive with the parent club in 2014 or 2015. Gary is 6' 2'' 220lbs throws and bats right handed and has the tools behind the plate to establish himself as the Yankees future catcher.

New York signed him for $3 million in 2009 out of the Dominican Republic at the tender age of 17. In 2012 he played a combined 116 games splitting time in Charleston and working up to Class A Advanced Tampa in early July. In 435 at bats he had 126 hits for a .290 average while knocking in 85 RBIs and 18 home runs.

The skinny on Sanchez is he has extremely strong wrists and hands giving him  above average bat speed and raw power with the potential to put up some gaudy offensive numbers. Sanchez has a good eye taking pitches till he finds the one he could drive. Gary is not a dead pull hitter he uses all fields which will make him more dangerous. 

He is solid behind the plate and has a quick release, accurate above average arm and this year had a .986 fielding percentage with only 16 errors in 771 chances.  

Depending on how he does in spring training Sanchez could start out with the Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder and depending how fast he could get to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre will determine if Gary can make the parent club in 2014 or 2015.

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Tags: Baseball, Charleston River Dogs, Gary Sanchez, major league baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees, Tampa Yankees

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