After an ice-cold start to the 2018 season, Gary Sanchez is starting to come around. He has hit five home runs in his last eight games, along with 12 RBIs. Over those eight games, Sanchez is 8 for 30 with 7 extra base hits for a slugging percentage of .800. In addition, Sanchez is now on pace for 50 home runs on the season.
Here’s his most recent shot from last night.
GARY SANCHEZ THREE RUN HOME RUN IN THE TOP OF THE 9th INNING pic.twitter.com/52pmisI18M
— Jesse Foster (@Jesse__Foster) May 2, 2018
On Base Needs Work
In the past two weeks, Sanchez has increased his on base percentage nearly 60 points. It’s a good start, but at .277 it’s near the bottom of the pile for catchers. Of course, as he continues to heat up, teams will be forced to pitch around him more, so that should keep improving with time.
Starting to Get His Swagger Back
After seeing Sanchez launch this home run off Tyler Skaggs, I knew he was starting to feel it.
— Gary Phillips (@GaryHPhillips) April 30, 2018
The casual bat drop like butter wouldn’t melt. There are some people who dislike the showmanship of the game, but I think this is just a case of a great player being happy to come out of a rut. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also been the beneficiary of often having runners on base when he’s hitting home runs either.
Among Stat Leaders for Catchers Still
Even with the slow start, Sanchez is third in FanGraphs WAR for major league catchers. Only Franciso Cervelli of the Pirates and Yasmani Grandal are ahead of him. With another few weeks of getting into the groove, Sanchez should likely pass both of them.
There’s still plenty of season left, and surely nobody doubts that Sanchez is a top 3 MLB catcher at the very least. It looks like he’s out of his slump, and other teams better take notice.