Prospect Profile: Gary Sanchez

2014 Stats: 

Level: AA

.270/.338/.406   9.0% BB%   19.1% K%   .135 ISO   .314 BABIP   1/2 SB   +7 DEF

Sanchez ranked #13 on Chris’ Yankees top 100 list.

Background

In 2009, Gary Sanchez was one of the coveted international amateur free agents. The Yankees nabbed him for a cool $3M bonus, and the following year he burst onto the scene in rookie ball posting a 188 wRC+. Baseball America tabbed Sanchez as the 30th best prospect in the game after 2010, but things have gone downhill since. He did hang around the top 100 from 2011-2013, but he finally fell off the list after this past season.

2014 Results

Sanchez played in Double-A all of 2014 after a brief stint at the level in 2013. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t spectacular. Sanchez posted a 108 wRC+ in his age-21 season, which although above average, certainly isn’t the progress the Yankees were looking for from a rising prospect. Disciplinary issues, which have followed Sanchez in his young career, also marred his 2014 campaign to the point where he was benched for a short time.

What KATOH says

KATOH — Chris’ prospect projection system — is lukewarm on Sanchez. It sees him as a guy with a high probability to make the majors (74%), but also somebody who probably won’t make too much of a contribution (3.1 WAR through age 28). Fortunately for Sanchez, he’s still just 22 so there’s still time for him to turn it around.

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2015 Outlook

Sanchez has the tools to be an offensive force, but for whatever reason, those skills haven’t shined in the past couple of seasons. He was optioned to Double-A, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll start there. I made a case for him to open the year at the level again, but it seems very possible that he’ll start the season in Triple-A Scranton. Regardless of where he starts, Sanchez needs to take a step forward after stalling out in recent seasons. From the organization’s perspective, a big year might make Sanchez prime trade bait, especially with Brian McCann under contract through 2018 and John Ryan Murphy a tier above him.

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