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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: GARY SANCHEZ C NEW YORK YANKEES

It is like the second half of 2016 all over again for New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.  Well not exactly but close.  What I mean by that is that for the second summer in a row, Sanchez is going all Hank Aaron on opposing major league pitchers as he smashed two more home runs Tuesday night versus the Detroit Tigers.  That now brings it to 7 home runs in the last 10 games for Sanchez who goes into Wednesday's actions with the following numbers in his sophomore MLB campaign:

.274
25 HR
69 RBI
61 R
2 SB

This comes after a year when Sanchez took the majors by storm in clubbing 20 home runs in just 201 at-bats in 53 games.  It was an unbelievable performance by Sanchez who had never hit for that type of power in the minor leagues and it was so good to the point that it was almost impossible to believe he could come anywhere close to duplicating that in 2017.  It was for that reason and others (such as a high 24.5 K/9 rate in 2016) that had us putting down Sanchez as a bust candidate this past spring.  It wasn't that we didn't Sanchez was a big talent but instead it had more to do with his skyrocketing draft price tag that really cut down the margin of error here.

Fast forward to present day and Sanchez is getting the last laugh.  Now his average has fallen a bit like anticipated but at .274 is not a killer.  His 24.5 K/9 is not much of an improvement from last season but at least it is not worse.  Also Sanchez is drawing walks at a decent 8.8 clip which helps ward off some of the average regression.  The bottom line here though is that Sanchez is firmly establishing himself as a monster power hitter and at catcher in fantasy baseball, these type of offensive numbers are as rare to see as an eclipse.  It seems like Sanchez now can be a perennial 30-homer guy and he will carry the precious catcher tab for at least another year before a possible move to DH.  All in all, Sanchez has shown 2016 was not in fact a fluke and so buying in on him next spring in the early rounds is looking much safer and in fact a good strategy to take on.


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