Yankees’ Gary Sanchez Leads Offensive Explosion In Charleston

Reading down the names in low Class A Charleston’s lineup, you see a who’s who of many of the Yankees’ top offensive prospects. Start at the top with center fielder Mason Williams, and follow him with shortstop Cito Culver, third baseman Dante Bichette Jr., first baseman Tyler Austin and catcher Gary Sanchez—five players accounting for over $6.2 million in signing bonuses. That premium talent was firing on all cylinders Wednesday, as those five players combined for nine hits and the team pounded out 14 runs on 16 hits against Savannah.

Williams went 3-for-4, while Bichette and Culver, who’ve each had their struggles early in the season, both had two hits. Austin, the South Atlantic League’s home run leader, had only one knock but made it count, smacking a two-run homer in the first inning, his 12th long ball of the year. But Sanchez was the biggest star. The catcher, who was DHing on this night, collected a career-high six RBIs as part of a 2-for-5 night. Though Sanchez recently had a 10-game hitting streak snapped, he’s still hitting a robust .333/.380/.483 in 120 at-bats. He also homered on Wednesday, his second in his last five games after going the first month of the season without a long ball.