Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Gary Sanchez

Written by on September 5, 2016 in Catching, hitting, Pro Breakdowns - 4 Comments

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Gary Sanchez

For this week’s Baseball Rebellion breakdown, I decided to take a look at Gary Sanchez both at the plate and behind the plate. Sanchez has been an absolute monster in 2016, hitting .374 with 11 Home Runs, and a 1.216 OPS. Defensively, Sanchez has thrown out 42 percent of the baserunners who have attempted to steal on him. While we cannot expect all of these numbers to remain at their current levels, Sanchez displays hitting and throwing mechanics that lead me to believe that a large portion of Sanchez’ success can be sustained.

At the plate, Sanchez displays efficient, powerful, and accurate movements. He uses a barrel tip that allows his barrel to remain in motion from start to end. Sanchez also does a phenomenal job of creating separation by opening his lower half while his upper half tilts towards the catcher. This movement sets the barrel on an optimal path and allows the barrel to gain energy and area to accelerate.

Gary Sanchez consistently throws pop times in the 1.8 to 1.9 range. This is very quick and has resulted in a large percentage of runners being thrown out. Part of the reason for the quickness seen in Sanchez is that he turns his hips to begin his throw rather than just stepping forward with his right foot. Essentially, his hips move his feet rather than his feet moving his hips.  Sanchez moves fluidly from catch to throw and finishes his throw better than most catchers I see. Part of the reason for this is that he is able to keep his back foot connected to the ground longer than most.

As a Yankee fan, I am excited to see the Yankees building the next generation around a young group of position players. Gary Sanchez has the chance to be the center of the next Yankee dynasty.

Thank you for reading and watching!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

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Gabe Dimock is the 2nd instructor to be certified in Baseball Rebellion and I.T.S. Baseball’s Hitting System. He has worked at Baseball Rebellion since 2013 and in that time has built a solid local reputation as a gifted hitting and catching instructor. Gabe Dimock’s first article was published on BaseballRebellion.com in 2014 and his contribution to lessons and technique has been invaluable since joining the staff. Gabe is the coordinator and head instructor of the I.T.S. Baseball Catching Class, helping develop catching technique behind the plate for kids of all ages. Gabe Dimock played catcher at Appalachian State University with a great story of work ethic and perseverance. Gabe originally started playing for the club baseball team, leading the team to 2 regional berths, the team’s first ever World Series, and earned team MVP his sophomore year. Gabe, then made the varsity team, and started his senior season and was named team MVP. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in exercise science. Wish you could learn and train with Gabe Dimock? Now you can by signing up for Baseball Rebellion's Online Hitting Lessons!

4 Comments on "Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Gary Sanchez"

  1. Andy R September 10, 2016 at 10:50 am · Reply

    Gabe, this was an awesome post. Great job!

    • Gabe Dimock September 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm · Reply

      Andy,

      Thank you!

      -Gabe

  2. John D March 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm · Reply

    Just came across this video – terrific work. I was wondering if the throwing approach to second changes if the batter is hitting from the right side. Do the footwork or step mechanics change?

    • Gabe Dimock March 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm · Reply

      John,

      Thank you for the comment! The footwork should change slightly in that the right foot will be closer to the middle of their body in order to clear the hitter.

      -Gabe

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