• by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Yankees recall OG Slade Heathcott, C Gary Sanchez

    The Yankees recalled outfielder Slade Heathcott and catcher Gary Sanchez from Triple-A on Saturday, the team announced.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Yankees option three to minors Wednesday

    The Yankees optioned outfielder Slade Heathcott and pitcher Nik Turley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday, while catcher Gary Sanchez was optioned to Double-A Trenton.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Yankees catchers homer in spring win Friday

    Yankees catcher Brian McCann and catching prospect Gary Sanchez both collected their first home runs of spring in Friday's 7-4 win over the Tigers. McCann went 1 for 2 and hit a solo home run off Detroit starter Max Scherzer. He signed a five-year deal with the Yankees this offseason. Sanchez, who served as the team's designated hitter in the starting lineup, went 1 for 3 with a third-inning solo home run off reliever Jose Ortega. Sanchez was named a top-50 prospect overall by both Baseball America and MLB.com this offseason.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Yankees add five to 40-man roster, outright Corban Joseph

    The Yankees added catcher Gary Sanchez, outfielder Slade Heathcott and pitchers Jose Campos, Shane Greene and Bryan Mitchell to the 40-man roster Wednesday while also outrighting infielder Corban Joseph to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sanchez hit .253/.324/.412 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 454 at-bats between high Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Heathcott hit .261/.327/.411 with eight home runs, 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 399 at-bats with Double-A Trenton. Campos went 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 77:16 K:BB ratio in 87 innings for Class A Charleston. Greene went 12-10 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 137:30 K:BB ratio in 154 1/3 innings between high Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Mitchell went 4-11 with a 5.12 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 104:53 K:BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings for high Class A Tampa while allowing four earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over three Double-A starts. Joseph went 1 for 6 in two appearances with the Yankees while hitting .239/.329/.383 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 188 at-bats with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  • by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com

    Yankees promote prospect Gary Sanchez

    Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez was promoted to Double-A Trenton Saturday, ESPN reports. The 20-year-old Sanchez, a catcher, hit .254 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI for Class A Tampa. The Yankees love his offense, but Sanchez must continue improving his defense behind the plate.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Gary Sanchez putting up good numbers for Tampa

    Yankees catcher prospect Gary Sanchez has seen a slight drop in production since the second half began in the Florida State League. After batting .277 with a .486 slugging percentage in 56 first-half games, Sanchez is batting .253 with a .396 slugging percentage in 24 second-half games. Overall, Sanchez is having a strong year for Class A Tampa. He is batting .270 with a .460 sluging percentage, 13 home runs, 20 doubles and 60 RBI in 80 games. Sanchez is considered the top prospect in the Yankees' system by MLB.com.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Gary Sanchez racking up RBI in Class A

    Yankees catcher prospect Gary Sanchez clubbed his fifth home run for Class A Tampa Saturday. It was his second home run in his last nine games. Sanchez is batting .260 with a .345 on-base percentage and .462 slugging percentage through 27 games. He has six doubles, 18 runs and 21 RBI. Sanchez is considered the Yankees' top prospect by MLB.com.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Gary Sanchez continuing to develop

    Yankees catcher prospect Gary Sanchez is off to a promising start for Class A Tampa. Sanchez, who is considered the team's top prospect by MLB.com, is batting .350 (14 for 40) through 10 games, which included a two-homer performance Saturday against Daytona. Sanchez also has four doubles, eight RBI and is slugging .600. "I'm just thinking about the middle of the field," Sanchez said through a translator, per MLB.com. "I'm trying to make sure I have a good pitch to hit all the time. That's something I've been working on when taking batting practice and working with the hitting coaches in the cage -- getting good pitches and staying to the middle of the field." One of the biggest hurdles left in Sanchez's development is breaking down the language barrier with pitchers. Speaking English has proven difficult so far for the 20-year-old Dominican catcher. "He's got to work a little more with the pitchers and get to know them better, but that's a process you learn over the years," Tampa manager Luis Sojo said. "He's making that adjustment. That'll come. Defensively, he's got a plus arm. Like I said, his relationship with the pitchers is the most important thing for him. He's got to fight to learn to improve his communication with the pitchers. As a catcher, that's very important."

  • 'Zero doubt' about Sanchez

    After a down campaign in 2011, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez made some noise last season in the minors by batting .290 with 18 home runs and 85 RBI. He also slugged a healthy .485 between two Class A stops and stole 15 bases. New York senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman told MLB.com on Tuesday that Sanchez has made strides defensively as well. "He can really throw. He can catch the ball," Newman said. "He's got good lower body flexibility. It's a really hard position to play. He's made great improvement over the last two years. He's got the physical tools and the mental capabilities to do it. He's a catcher. We have zero doubt about that."