Aug
03

Gary Sanchez promoted to Double-A Trenton

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Despite indications he would remain with High-A Tampa all season, the Yankees have promoted top prospect C Gary Sanchez to Double-A Trenton. He is expected to be with the Thunder tonight. The 20-year-old hit .251/.311/.417 (105 wRC+) with 13 homers in 399 plate appearances for High-A Tampa before the promotion. The Yankees supposedly wanted Sanchez to work with their harder-throwing pitchers in Tampa for the rest of the season, but I guess plans changed.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • Revan

    This is a surprise. Finally though.

    • Laz

      He wasn’t exactly blowing anyone away.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        He was a month ago, before his BABIP tanked.

  • RetroRob

    Hasn’t exactly progressed with the bat over the last year since promoted to A+ in mid-summer 2012. His numbers even regressed some from his high-A numbers last year. Now he’s headed to AA, which is regarded as the dividing line between the pretenders and the legit prospects. He’s also moving to a tough ballpark for RH’d power.

    All said, he’s still damn young (20) for A+, let alone AA, so hoping it all comes together for him soon. The big club could use him.

    • Revan

      His walk rate is still average but his K rate is the lowest it’s ever been. In fact his K rate decreased by 10 percent since 2010. That’s great progress.

      He’s putting more balls in contact than ever and even if I don’t have the batted ball data I’m willing to bet a lot of money that his low BABIP (.277) is bad luck considering his previous BABIPs are all solidly above .300

      Power is slowly creeping along but I don’t think it was elite as previously thought but for a catcher it’s damn impressive.

      • viridiana

        13 HRs for a 20 yr. old catcher in pitcher-friendly Hi A is extremely encouraging. Also, the fact that Yanks promote him now — in middle of cold stretch– is also encouraging. Must have made progress on something Yanks needed to see. They seem to pride themsleves on promoting at least obvious times.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Again, he had a .211 ISO before the ASB, and the FSL is pitcher friendly as hell.

        The last month has absolutely tanked all of his stats.

    • trr

      Amen to that.
      Strange though, this team which sometimes seems so slow to advance its prospects is quickly moving him. At 20, so much potential, so much yet to be revealed.

      • Revan

        It’s not really quick when he deserves it.

        • Laz

          .254/.313/.420 deserves it?

          • Bo Knows

            He’s a catcher, the numbers aren’t going to be mean the same, also someone mentioned how his K rate is lower, he’s putting the ball in play more and how his BABIP is significantly lower than his career averages. (In the month of July spanning 22 games he had a .236 babip despite having little variance in his other numbers.)

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              This.

              Anyway, remember a month ago when we were all bitching about them not promoting him?

          • Revan

            How is it not being able to read other comments?

      • Mac

        I would say the Yankees being conservative with promotions is actually a misconception. Seemed to come about from people upset that borderline prospects weren’t coming up from AAA.

        In fact, the Yankees often have some of the youngest guys for their levels in the entire minors and are often criticized for moving guys too quickly.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      He’s had a rough month, RetroRob. He OPSed .822 in the first half.

      The issue is that he’s OPSed .581 since.

  • Gonzo

    20 year-old catcher promoted to AA. That’s gotta be considered the fast-track, right?

  • yooboo

    Now, it is Tommy Kahnle’s turn to promote. He has been dominating in pitching friendly conference. It is a waste of time for him.

    Yankees should move Robert Refsnyder to SS. Let him practice at SS so he can be ready to replace Jeter in 2015 or earlier.

    • yooboo

      to be promoted.

    • pat

      Refsnyder was an OF in college.

      • yooboo

        I know. He is working on 2b now. I don’t know about his range but his arm strength should be all right for SS.

        Signing Cano and a lack of proven SS (Depth) should provide Refsnyder a quicker path to the major as SS.

    • JMK

      You’d think if Refsnyder could play shortstop, they’d play him at shortstop, right? (He can’t play shortstop.)

      • yooboo

        He offers above average defense and arm strength as OF and yet Yankees move him to 2B. It suggests he flat out can’t play OF in major, right? Just play him at SS and find out. A lot of failing SS end up a 2B or an utility man. Staying away from SS because he can’t play there is ridiculously stupid.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          What JMK is saying is that the Yankees clearly already know he can’t play SS, or they would be playing him there.

          • yooboo

            Refsnynder moved to 2b because he lacks power tools to be a corner OF. He did play 2b for Wildcats during freshman year. Yankees simply did it basing on his familiarity.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              You apparently didn’t grasp the concept, so let me repeat myself:

              If the Yankees thought Refsnyder was capable of playing shortstop, he would be playing shortstop.

        • lightSABR

          A move from OF to 2B is a defensive promotion. It doesn’t say at all that he can’t hack it in the outfield–it says they think he can hack it where he’ll be more valuable.

  • vicki

    hot time in trenton tonight, y’all.

  • CashmanSUXShit

    One step closer to another of Brian Cashman’s “top prospects” disappearing like rain on sand.

    Good news for Cashman, tough. By the time Sanchez ends up in the ditch with all his other “blue chippers,” I’m sure there will be another crop of guys at Charleston over whom people will be pissing themselves.

    • Gonzo

      It was only that one time and all the cool kids were doing it too.

    • lightSABR

      You realize, right, that only 66% of first rounders ever see a single MLB game? 49% of second rounders? 32% of people from rounds 3 through 5? The percentage of them who ever become league-average players is much lower.

      Given where the Yankees draft, it’s no surprise at all that so many of their prospects flame out. Most prospects do.

  • CashmanSUXShit

    Might actually be time to trade Gary Sanchez… After all, how in the world is he ever going to get playing time at catcher here with another of Cashman’s awesome “prospects,” Austin Romine, blocking the way.

    Just a parade of studs out of that Brian Cashman farm system. What a machine!

    • lightSABR

      So… I’m trying to understand where you’re coming from. Are you a disgruntled fan with unrealistic expectations? Or are you just trying to tick people off with a lot of angry posts without much in the way of substance to them?

  • Dalelama

    Big mistake having him spend a game with the franchise crippling cheat known as Aroid.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Haha, that ship sailed during A-Rod’s last rehab assignment.

    • viridiana

      Yeah, A-Rod’s presence in the minor league system is almost as annoying it would be in the Bronx. Go away, A-Rod. Please just go away.

  • Steve

    The Next Wave Of Promotion’s Should Go Like This

    Greg Bird – High A

    Mason Williams – Double A

    Jordan Cote – Low A

    Jose Campos – High A

    Nik Turley – Triple A

    • Yanks

      Cesar Vargas should be promoted too. And Severino should stay in Charleston IMO until he proves he can’t.

  • Robert

    Pete Obrien should go to AA. Got power college player good leader and has played 3rd n Catcher.The Bronx could use a righty DH next year.Time to find out about these kids.
    Plenty of dead wood in Scranton. Outside of JR and maybe Adams all positions are manned by AAAA players.