Despite word from Mark Newman weeks ago that Gary Sanchez wouldn't be promoted this season, the Yankees' prospect catcher has been bumped up from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton and will be with his new team tonight. The Thunder have really been without a prospect catcher on their roster since JR Murphy was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this season.
In 93 games for the Tampa Yankees this season, Sanchez has hit .254/.313/.420 with 13 home runs and 21 doubles. He has really been struggling at the plate as of late, with only six hits in his last 40 at-bats. Sanchez has fared better against lefties than righties this year with an .828 OPS vs. left-handers and a .689 OPS vs. right-handers. At 20 years old, the Yankees don't have to rush his development from a prospect clock standpoint, but the black hole of offense they have experienced at catcher since the retirement of Jorge Posada has to have them hoping that Sanchez will continue to climb the Minor League Baseball ladder as quickly as possible.
Sanchez was ranked as the Yankees best prospect before the season, according to MLB.com. The questions about his ability to stick behind the plate as a big league player have become much less of a factor after he cleaned up his defense following an incredibly rough year in Charleston in 2011.
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