Welcome to 25 in 25! This series over the next 25 days will be Jimmy and I going through the players who will make the 25 man roster and stat projections. The first player up is the Kraken, Gary Sanchez..
The 25 year old catcher had a great first full season. After taking the league by storm in August 2016, Gary has emerged as one of the top catchers in the league. Although he missed a month with a thumb injury Gary still put up phenomenal numbers. Gary hit for .278, had an OBP of .345, he had 33 homers, 90 RBIs and 70 runs scored. The Kraken won the Silver Slugger award for catchers in the AL, as well as making his first all star appearance. Gary showed his skills will make him a top catcher in this league for years to come as well as a part of the new Murder’s row.
Defense. Gary cemented himself as one of, if not the top offensive catcher in baseball last season. When it comes to throwing out runners or calling pitches Gary is very good. Gary’s biggest issue last year? Passed balls. Lat season Gary committed 13 errors and had 16 passed balls, both led the league. Former manager Joe Girardi was not thrilled about this, especially since he used to be a catcher himself. Joe openly critiqued Gary in the media and in the clubhouse and this led the public to think Gary could be moved to DH due to his defensive struggles. Joe stood by his catcher through his struggles and got rewarded with many clutch hits throughout the postseason. Due to all these struggles Gary worked himself to his limits this past offseason to make sure that he would not have these same issues in the future, so hopefully it payed off.
Average: .284 (He’ll have less pressure on him with Stanton there)
OBP: .302 (I feel lke he will see a decrease here because pitchers wont be as careful with Stanton and Judge around)
HR: 42 (Hopefully a full season and less pressure result in more homers, even though 33 is awesome)
RBIs:125 (He has two guys around him that are very good at getting on when they’re not trotting around the bases)
Runs scored: 61 (This number will drop with less power behind him)
Passed Balls: 11 (Hopefully this season he can lower this number)