Sanchez will sit Monday against the Blue Jays.
Sanchez has sat just twice in the season's first 10 games. As with his previous off day, he'll hit the bench with Gerrit Cole on the mound, as Kyle Higashioka takes over behind the plate.
Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Orioles.
Sanchez made hard contact in this one, as both of his hits were sharp line drives into left field. The 28-year-old could've had two doubles on the night, but he got out of the box a little sluggishly when he thought one of his hits was going to be caught and was limited to a single instead. Sanchez has been a bit inconsistent to begin the season, delivering two-multi hit games but also two 0-for-4 efforts. Nonetheless, he should be featured regularly behind the plate while getting a rest every five days when Kyle Higashioka steps in to catch for Gerrit Cole.
Sanchez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.
This is Sanchez's first day off of the young season. He went 3-for-7 with a pair of home runs in the first two games of the season, then 0-for-8 with four strikeouts over the next two. Kyle Higashioka will start behind the dish and bat ninth.
Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's win over Toronto.
Sanchez gave his team a 2-1 lead with a fourth-inning shot off Ross Stripling. He's now homered in each of the first two games of the season. He's also yet to strike out, an encouraging sign after he posted a 36.0 percent strikeout rate last season.
Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Sanchez had a disappointing season at the plate last year, slashing .147/.253/.365, but he began the 2021 campaign on a high note with a two-run blast in his first at-bat of the season. Kyle Higashioka should see his fair share of playing time behind the dish in 2021, but Sanchez impressed while catching Gerrit Cole on Opening Day.
Sanchez will be behind the plate to catch Gerrit Cole on Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Cole was exclusively paired with backup catcher Kyle Higashioka during the latter part of the 2020 season, but the Yankees will give Sanchez another chance to receive for the team's ace April 1. The decision to sit the slugger during Cole's pitching days last season wasn't entirely for defensive reasons -- Sanchez struggled so much offensively that the team shied away from him in the playoffs as well. Sanchez is faring somewhat better at the plate this spring, slashing .194/.265/.484 in comparison to last season's .147/.253/.365 line.
Sanchez has hit two home runs and performed well behind the plate so far in spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
These are promising signs for Sanchez, who struggled both offensively and defensively last season. It is also worth noting that the backstop has struck out only twice in eight plate appearances thus far -- not an earth-shattering rate for most players or even a big sample size, but a promising one for Sanchez given his 36.0 strikeout percentage last season. The 2021 campaign figures to be an important one for Sanchez, who lost his starting job in the playoffs last season and could test the patience of the organization if he gets off to a slow start.
Sanchez and the Yankees reached a one-year, $6.35 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Despite a lackluster season during the 2020 campaign in which Sanchez lost out on playing time late in the year, the two sides won't need to go to arbitration during the offseason. Sanchez will have to compete for the starting role during spring training after slashing just .147/.253/.365 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI over 178 plate appearances last year.
Sanchez was tendered a contract by the Yankees on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Sanchez posted lackluster numbers at the plate in 2020 and was rumored to be a non-tender candidate during the offseason. However, he'll remain with the Yankees next season while also avoiding arbitration. While Kyle Higashioka enters the season as the favorite to serve as the Yankees' primary catcher, Sanchez could certainly carve out more playing time in 2021 if he can return to his previous form.
Sanchez will sit for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Thursday.
It's been quite a fall from grace for the catcher, who sits in favor of Kyle Higashioka for the third time this series. It's not hard to see why the Yankees don't want Sanchez in the lineup in an elimination game, as he's gone 1-for-8 with four strikeouts this postseason after hitting a miserable .147/.253/.365 during the regular season.
Sanchez isn't in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays on Wednesday.
Sanchez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts during Game 2 on Tuesday, and he'll get a breather for the third game of the series. Kyle Higashioka will take over behind the plate.
Sanchez won't start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
With Gerrit Cole taking the mound for the Yankees to begin the series, Kyle Higashioka will serve as his catcher as he's done during much of the regular season. However, Sanchez should be available off the bench and during the remainder of the series.
Manager Aaron Boone said deciding who will start at catcher between Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka during the playoffs will be a "day-to-day situation," Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
This is a telling announcement from Boone, as it shows that the Yankees could be running out of patience with Sanchez's struggles at the plate. The backstop has just eight hits in his last 52 at-bats and is hitting just .143/.241/.374 on the season. Higashioka has found success while seeing increased playing time of late, going 7-for-21 with four homers since Sept. 11. Both guys will likely see at-bats in the first round of the playoffs next week, but should the Yankees make a deep run, look for the hot hand to get the majority of the time behind the dish.
Sanchez isn't starting Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Sanchez has gone 0-for-11 with four strikeouts in his last three games, and he'll take a seat once again Thursday. Kyle Higashioka is starting at catcher in his place.
Sanchez isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Sanchez will retreat to the bench after going 0-for-7 with one strikeout over the past two games. Kyle Higashioka will start at catcher Tuesday.
Sanchez was sore but doing okay after being hit in the neck with a foul ball Sunday against Boston, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
Sanchez stayed in the game after the incident Sunday and was back in the lineup for Monday's contest against Toronto, going 0-for-4 in the loss.
Sanchez isn't starting Saturday against the Red Sox.
Sanchez blasted a clutch home run late in Friday's contest, but he'll get a day off Saturday. Kyle Higashioka will take over behind the plate.
Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a run scored Friday as he helped the Yankees to a 6-5 comeback win over the Red Sox.
Sanchez got his first hit of the night on a two-run double to get the Yankees on the board in the seventh. Then, with two outs in the ninth, Sanchez swatted a game-tying solo home run over the Green Monster that would eventually send the game to extra innings. The 27-year-old has recorded consecutive multi-hit games for the first time in 2020 as it appears he may be heating up at the right time with the Yankees fighting for a playoff spot with just nine games remaining.
Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two RBI in a 10-7 win over Toronto on Thursday.
Sanchez doubled in a run during the Yankees' seven-run fourth inning and capped the team's offensive onslaught with a solo shot to left field in the seventh. The home run marked New York's 19th in its three-game series against the Blue Jays, establishing a major-league record for a regular-season series of any length. Remarkably, the two-hit effort was a first for Sanchez in 41 games this season. He's still hitting a paltry .145 overall but is building momentum by going 4-for-13 with a pair of homers, six RBI and only one strikeout over his last three starts.
Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's 20-6 rout of the Blue Jays.
His fourth-inning shot off Anthony Kay was one of six Yankee homers on the night. Sanchez has three hits in the last four games, which counts as a hot streak for him this season -- he's slashing a woeful .131/.248/.344 through 39 contests with eight home runs, 19 RBI and a 15:55 BB:K.
|Last 7 Games|
|04/11||@ TB||W 8-4||3||2||1||0||1||1||0|
|04/10||@ TB||L 0-4||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/09||@ TB||L 5-10||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|04/07||vs BAL||L 3-4||3||0||2||0||0||1||0|
|04/05||vs BAL||W 7-0||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/04||vs TOR||L 1-3||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/03||vs TOR||W 5-3||4||1||1||1||1||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||16||54||8||15||2||0||2||7||3||16||1||1||.278||.333||.426|
|2018||ROK-GCL Yankees East||1||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||--||0||0||.000||.250||.000|