Future is bright for sweet-swinging Sanchez

The power-hitting catcher still has a few kinks to work out before reaching the majors
03/09/2014 10:26 AM ET
By Doug Williams

Background: Catcher Gary Sanchez is widely considered the elite prospect in the New York Yankees organization. At just 21 years old, Sanchez was listed by Baseball America as the No. 57 prospect before the 2013 campaign. In his four seasons in the Yankees organization, Sanchez has hit .275 with 58 home runs.

2013 Season: Sanchez pent last season in both Tampa and Trenton. Between the two, he hit .253 with 13 home runs and 71 RBI. He did not get a call up to the big leagues in September.

Greatest Strength: Sanchez is known for his raw power, and that makes him an intriguing option for the Yankees' backup catcher job He's hit 33 home runs in the past two seasons and has also combined to hit over 50 doubles.

Greatest Weakness: Sanchez's defensive ability has been questioned, and the Yankees aren't exactly sure what they would get out of him at this point at the major-league level. While his bat may be ready for the big stage, his fielding behind home plate needs more work.

Prediction: It's going to be an interesting year for Sanchez. He will most likely not be in the majors (especially with the catching surplus the Yankees have), but he could eventually get some experience at Triple-A. He's so young and inexperienced that one more year in the minors leagues will do nothing but help Sanchez.

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