New York Yankees Gary Sanchez is the best catcher in baseball

Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Yasmani Grandal, Milwaukee Brewers. 2019 MLB All-Star Game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Sanchez vs. Mitch Garver

Yes, Mitch Garver of the Minnesota Twins won the league’s Silver Slugger Award over Sanchez. But that was over a minuscule sample size compared to what Sanchez has done in his career. Garver has played three major league seasons, the wear and tear of such a demanding position will catch up to him.

If anyone wants to point at the New York Yankees catcher as being a guy who misses too much time, look at Sanchez’s best competition as the top AL catcher in 2019. Garver logged just 359 plate appearances, Sanchez had 446. That’s more than not only Garver but the other starting catcher in the All-Star game, as well.

Sanchez vs. Yasmani Grandal

With Yasmani Grandal heading to the American League with the Chicago White Sox this year, some may question whether he’ll be taking Sanchez’s spot in the All-Star game. It’s possible; he’s a great player too.

He’s another guy; however, that couldn’t match Sanchez’s power in 2019. He got out-slugged and didn’t even hit 30 home runs. He didn’t hit for a much higher average, either. It was established earlier in this article as well that Sanchez had a stronger impact on his team last year.

And it’s not just that Sanchez had this type of impact this season. He did it even in his rookie year, where he single-handedly kept the Yankees not only over .500 but in the playoff race when they decided to sell seemingly the whole team at the deadline.