Gary Sanchez promoted to big leagues

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Shortly after their win against the Royals to take 3 of 4 from the defending world champs, the Yankees called up the BBB’s 3rd ranked prospect in catcher Gary Sanchez. After a dismal Spring Training, Sanchez got into a grove in 26 games in Triple-A hitting .288 with 5 homers, 21 RBI and 11 doubles. The news was first reported by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beat writer Shane Hennigan.

Yankee fans were expecting the team to make a move for the weekend series against the Chicago White Sox with two of top left-handed pitchers in Chris Sale and Jose Quintana scheduled to pitch on Friday and Saturday. Some expected Rob Refsnyder to get the call as he has been heating up, but it ended up being Sanchez, and this is likely due to the power he will bring to the lower half of the lineup.

With the tall task of facing Sale and Quintana on consecutive days, Sanchez should get a start or two either behind the plate, or at designated hitter in place of an injured Alex Rodriguez. This call-up allows the team to get creative and potentially move Brian McCann to first base for a game if they feel the need to do so.

The corresponding move for Sanchez has yet to be announced, but with an extra pitcher in the bullpen, it is likely that either Nick Goody, Tyler Olsen or Phil Coke boards the Scranton-Shuttle. Catcher Austin Romine is out of minor-league options meaning he will have to pass through waivers, and with his recent successes at the plate, it is unlikely that the team tries to pass him through waivers.

With the Yankees likely to be carrying three catchers this weekend, Sanchez’s promotion may be short-lived, but this is contingent on how he performs. If he has success at the plate, it may make it tough for Brian Cashman and company to send him back down to Scranton with the completion of the series, so that is something to keep an eye on going forward. We’ll keep you updated on our twitter as this story develops.

Article by: Chad Raines
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