2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Gary Sanchez
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Although Gary Sánchez rebounded blasting 34 home runs in 2019, his average failed to approach the .278 level from his breakout campaign in 2017. Sanchez led all major league catchers in home runs becoming the fourth player at his position to hit at least 30 home runs in multiple seasons before his Age-26 season joining Johnny Bench (four), Mike Piazza and Rudy York (twice). During a season highlighting home runs with high strikeout rates, Sanchez blended well with the crowd. His strikeout percentage grew to 26-percent and he owned a higher isolated power (.293) than batting average on balls in play (.244).
Soft tissue injuries cost Sanchez time again last year with another calf strain and groin strain costing him two trips to the injured list. Sanchez appeared in 106 games with 62 runs, 77 RBI and a .232/.316/.525 slash line. His robust 26.4-percent home run per fly ball rate fueled his power. According to Statcast, Sanchez ranked fifth in the majors with a barrel per batted...