Baseball America posted their July 16th edition of the Prospect Hot Sheet, and Yankee phenom Gary Sanchez made an appearance. Here’s what they said:
The Scoop: While a lot of the top 17-year-olds in the U.S. are playing travel ball before their senior season begins, Sanchez is busy manhandling pitchers several years older than him in the Gulf Coast League. Hitting .378/.461/.622 with four home runs in 20 games, Sanchez is showing why the Yankees signed him last July 2 for $3 million, making him the No. 2 international amateur signing bonus last year behind Twins third baseman Miguel Sano.
Sanchez has shown skills advanced beyond his age when he steps into the batter’s box, hitting for average and for power while showing a solid approach. Behind the plate has been a different story. Sanchez’s receiving has never been a strength, and with a league-high 12 passed balls and six errors in 13 games at catcher, he still has plenty of work to do to clean up his defense. Sanchez has a strong arm, but teams have stolen more bases on him than any other catcher in the GCL with 28 in 35 attempts for an 80 percent success rate.
We’ve all heard about his bat, but this is the first time I’ve seen us get a read on his defense in game situations. I had no idea Sanchez’s glove was that far behind his bat, scouting reports after he was signed said his receiving shouldn’t be an issue. Right now he looks like another Montero, but he has more athleticism and a better body type than Jesus, so the expectation is that he will be able to clean up his receiving skills and work these things out. He’s still just 17 and was very raw when signed, so this is nothing unusual or unexpected in a player’s development.
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