Gary Sanchez Starting Strong For Yankees

Gary Sanchez hit 17 homers for low Class A Charleston last year as one of the South Atlantic League’s youngest players, but that was about the only good news from his 2011 season. The Yankees’ catcher prospect hit .256/.335/.485 in 82 games, struggled with his defense and missed time due to a suspension for insubordination in the middle of the year and a thumb injury late.

So far, Sanchez looks like he’s left the disappointments of 2011 behind him. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and even a stolen base in Monday’s game against Augusta (Giants). It was his fifth multi-hit game in 10 outings this year and raised his line to .385/.442/.487 (15-for-39).

Although Sanchez is still looking for his first home run of 2012, there’s other good news on the defensive front, as he hasn’t allowed a passed ball yet in eight games behind the plate. That doesn’t sound remarkable, but when you consider that he led the SAL with 26 passed balls in a mere 60 games at catcher last year, any sign of progress is encouraging.