New York Yankee Gary Sanchez is one of the best hitting catchers in the Big Leagues, but his defense hasn't really been up to par.
During the 2017 season, Sanchez was criticized for his defense and being able to manage the Yankees pitching to the point of being ousted by his former manager Joe Girardi and being relegated to Designated Hitter and allowing Austin Romine to get several starts in the #2 defensive position for the "Bombers".
Do you think Stanton #yankees deal puts microscope on Gary Sanchez to improve on 2017 abysmal defense, team saw offense making up for few lost games/lack of confidence from pitchers that he could block balls but w Stanton/Judge et al offense cld hit w/out Sanchez #bleachertweets— Jonathan Tasini (@jonathantasini) 12 de diciembre de 2017
But it looks like Sanchez is aware of his shortcomings and this offseason he's working hard to improve his defense, even if it is "silently".
On Saturday, Sanchez posted a video on social media of him working on his catching with the following statement:
"We may work silently, but we work hard. Never settle. Always want to get better. Get ready for 2018. #NoOffSeason #iamgary #elgary"
Here is the video:
Sanchez was used as the primary catcher during the playoffs in 2017 and had some problems on defense that ended up costing the Yankees, but it's certainly encouraging for the "Bronx Bombers" that he is putting his best foot forward to be the best catcher he can be.
And Sanchez being a full-time catcher in 2018 could be very important for the Yankees, as the DH spot will be used for Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and even Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Yankees are one of the favorites to get to the World Series in 2018 and Sanchez will be in the thick of things, him working on his defense is a great sign and will probably make the Yanks faithful very happy moving forward.