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.
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Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor