As if New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez' 2018 fantasy baseball season has been rough enough, he will now be placed on the 10-day DL Monday with the strained hamstring he suffered in Sunday's game versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Having gone as high as a late first-round (and mostly second) round pick in fantasy baseball drafts this spring in coming off a spectacular 2017 campaign, Sanchez goes into the DL stint mired in an overall offensive slump that is borne out by the following numbers:
Before you we go any further, it must be stated that Sanchez' power game has been excellent as his 14 home runs and 41 RBI are tremendous numbers in those two categories and that is especially true for a catcher. With that said, Sanchez' .190 average is abysmal and it brings back memories of a J.P. Arencibia campaign or more recently Mike Zunino. That means that any power that is supplied is offset to a degree by the massively negative batting average in that category. Sanchez has had some drastic cold spells this season and so his .190 average is at least partly owned by him. However we must also not ignore how Sanchez has had arguably some of the roughest BABIP luck of ANY hitter in 2018 fantasy baseball as his .194 mark in that category is almost impossible to believe. With a typical BABIP coming around the .300 range, even a slow runner like Sanchez can't possibly be .194 bad without some regression back to the mean. That simply has not happened yet and so the average is putting a major hurt on Sanchez' owners and taking shine off of the power. Now we have the injury which is expected to keep him out for weeks.
So where do we go from here? Well obviously as a Sanchez owner you can't cut the guy and again his power has been very good and as advertised. However his average and injury is a reminder of how investing a high pick in a catcher is always a very risky thing to do.