Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez made Fangraphs' 2013 mid-season top 50 prospects list. He was ranked at #34 overall and as the third best catcher in the minors, behind Travis D'Arnaud (#24) of the Mets and Austin Hedges (#26) of the Padres. The 20-year-old has hit .267/.330/.459 with 13 home runs in 334 plate appearances at High-A Tampa this season.
Marc Hulet states that his offense has stalled a bit at High-A, but he still has the potential and plenty of time to be an above-average player. It seemed that Sanchez was having a good enough season to get promoted to Double-A, especially after JR Murphy was sent up to Triple-A and Peter O'Brien was brought up from Low-A, but that hasn't happened yet. The Yankees now have two top catching prospects sharing playing time at the same level, which is unusual. The organization might still want to see more from Sanchez with his defense before finally moving him up.
Gary Sanchez has been consistently ranked as one of the top prospects of the in the system, often switching places with Mason Williams between #1 and #2, depending on the evaluator. The top prospect out of the Dominican Republic could represent the Yankees' best chance at finding an everyday catcher that can hit.
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