Yankees Promote Mega-Prospect Gary Sanchez to Trenton
Added by Matt Kardos on August 3, 2013.
The New York Yankees announced on Saturday afternoon that they were promoting star catching prospect Gary Sanchez from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton. The Thunder have been in dire need of an impact presence from behind the plate since the organization promoted JR Murphy to Scranton earlier this season. Sanchez has had solid offensive numbers all season but the organization was quite adamant that they would not send him to Trenton until he improved his defensive prowess and ability to call a game.
“Gary is young and loaded with tools,” admitted Thunder Manager Tony Franklin. “He is potentially a first-rate, front-line major leaguer.”
Yankees top-prospect Gary Sanchez will join Trenton tonight
In 93 games with Tampa this season, Sanchez has hit .254 with 13 homers and has driven in 61 runs. Sanchez started off the season at a torrid pace but has cooled down substantially since the All-Star break. In 37 games since the break, Sanchez has hit just .219 with three long balls and 17 RBI over 142 at-bats. The 20-year old Sanchez entered the season as the Yankees top ranked prospect in the farm system and joins fellow organizational gems, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin on the Thunder roster.
“He hasn’t played a game in Double-A, so we can’t make him out to be a major league player yet,” said Franklin. “The potential with him is there and he certainly has all of the tools to play at the highest level but he has to play a few games down here before everybody anoints him as the next guy there.”
Ordinarily, Sanchez joining the Thunder would be a huge storyline around Arm & Hammer Park. But, on a night where Alex Rodriguez is playing in what could be the final game of his career with historic suspensions from MLB set to drop on Monday, Sanchez will take a bit of a backseat to the A-Rod circus.
Sanchez faced flight delays in his departure from Tampa but was expected to join the team in time for tonight’s game against Reading. Sanchez is listed as a reserve on the official Thunder lineup card as veteran Jose Gil will instead get the start behind the plate because of the logistics surrounding his arrival.
Franklin admits that much like the other prized prospects on his roster, he is not afraid to throw him right into the middle of his lineup and let him gain experience in the middle of the order.
“We’re “all-in” with him,” admitted Franklin. “I can’t think of a better way. You talk about easing him in; we’re going to put him in the four-hole and let him play and I think that is easing him in. He’s here so let’s see him play.”