The Yankees still have faith that Gary Sanchez can return to his 2017 form, but it looks like that patience is being tested early. Sanchez has been working on hitting for more contact but then proceeded to strike out on three straight pitches in his first at-bat today.
It may not be the end the world, but it would be nice if he could get off to a better start, given his history. The Yankees would probably settle for him playing well at any point this year though.
Good morning. Good afternoon. Goodnight on the first at bat of Gary Sanchez’s comeback tour :/ pic.twitter.com/wHbLk7pBOa— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) February 28, 2021
He honestly wasn’t close to making contact during this entire plate appearance. He should, in theory, feel comfortable facing a lefty, yet he looked dismal. The pitcher didn’t even bother with breaking stuff this early in the spring, and that somehow didn’t help Sanchez this morning.
We’ll chalk it up to “it’s early,” but Gary Sanchez’s hook from manager Aaron Boone will be absurdly short. His start in April will be crucial, and these at-bats, even in during spring training, matter.