Gary Sanchez is back! Or so we hope. The New York Yankees watched theyâ€™re starting catcher rope a home run to left field during the intrasquad exhibition game on Monday evening.
Sanchez has been inconsistent on offense the past few seasons, posting a .186 batting average in 2018 and a.232 batting average in 2019. Last year, he posted a career-high 34 home runs and a solid 77 RBIs over at 396 at-bats. His defense has also been an issue at times, allowing far too many passed balls and seeing his caught stealing percentages decrease exponentially.
A one-knee stance, curated this offseason to help his framing and throwing ability will hopefully be behind the improvement in the category.
However, here’s a look at El Gary’s home run!
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Gary Sanchez GIVES ONE A RIDE! pic.twitter.com/aMeH6Kmlnf
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 14, 2020
If Sanchez can replicate those numbers, the Yankees will be blessed with the production of their star catcher.
Last week, Sanchez stated that he will be ready for opening day and should have good momentum.
â€œI think two weeks is going to be enough for me to get ready and catch all nine innings.â€ Despite the long break, Sanchez didnâ€™t seem to lose a step. He said, â€œI left to go to the DR because I have a complex there,â€ where he was working on his â€œoffense and defense.â€ He finished by saying, â€œI can tell you, anytime my name is in the lineup, Iâ€™ll be ready to go.â€ Very confident from the young catcher.