Coming off one of the most spectacular debuts, especially for a catcher, projecting Gary Sanchez's power for 2017 was a challenge. As it turned out, using his MLEs (major league equivalencies) did the trick nicely. Sanchez's 40 percent HR/FB mark from 2016 fell to a still outstanding, but more sustainable 25 percent. If there was a downside to Sanchez's 2017 season, it was tying Yasmani Grandal for the league lead with 18 passed balls. However, blocking pitches is down on a receiver's list of skills and Sanchez fared much better with the more important framing and throwing metrics. Still, with a new skipper in the Bronx, Sanchez's high passed ball total, along with his well-publicized woes with throws to the plate in the playoffs, could result in him seeing more time at designated hitter. Fortunately, for fantasy owners, that's a good thing, assuming he still catches 20 games, which he should. Sanchez is the clear top fantasy backstop and a top-30 overall player. Drafting him in the early rounds is more a question of strategy than valuation.
Sanchez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. The Yankees will give Sanchez the day off to ensure that he'll be ready to go for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Twins. Sanchez was dialed in for the month of September as he hit .303/.354/.528 over 22 games. Austin Romine will serve as the Yankees' backstop Sunday with Sanchez out.
Sanchez is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday. Austin Romine takes his place behind the plate while batting ninth in the matinee series opener. Though the masher's rest appears to be routine, there has been some backlash over Sanchez's defense lately -- especially the 16 passed balls on the year -- and it'll be interesting to see whether Sanchez serves as designated hitter in the postseason, if the Yankees survive the wild-card game.
Sanchez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. Having started each of the Yankees' last six games, Sanchez will have the day to rest. Sanchez is in position to finish the season strong, as he's hit .319/.365/.551 with four home runs over 17 games since the start of September. Austin Romine is starting at catcher and hitting ninth Sunday.
Sanchez is out of the lineup for Saturday's contest against Baltimore. Sanchez receives a standard day off following eight straight starts, hitting .406 with three home runs and seven RBI during that span. In his place, Austin Romine will handle the catching duties.
Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a double, two solo home runs and four runs scored in Sunday's 16-7 win over the Rangers. Sanchez and teammate Aaron Judge went deep twice in this one. Serving a three-game suspension for his role in a brawl against Detroit did little to slow down the scorching slugger, who has mustered multiple hits in two of three games since his return after producing multi-hit efforts in three of his last four contests prior to sitting out. Sanchez now has 30 home runs in 106 games this year after slugging 20 in 53 games last season.