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Yankees prospect Gary Sanchez disciplined at Double-A

Jun 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez, who ranked 35th on Baseball America’s annual list heading into this season, has been benched at Double-A for repeated disciplinary reasons.

Nick Peruffo of the Trentonian reports that Sanchez sat out a second straight game Thursday and afterward had a closed-door meeting with Double-A manager Tony Franklin.

Franklin declined to reveal any specifics, but here’s what he did say:

It was disciplinary action. I needed to take care of that today, to get things clarified and cleared up. I’m not going to tell you what it was, but it was a violation of some of our guidelines and I needed to take care of it. Gary is out of there for a couple of days until we decide he deserves to play again, plain and simple.

Sanchez is considered one of the elite catching prospects in baseball, but with the Yankees his path to the majors is blocked by the team signing Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract this offseason. He also hasn’t been particularly impressive at Double-A, hitting .252 with seven homers and a .741 OPS in 53 games, although that’s a lot more impressive than it looks when you consider Sanchez is one of the league’s youngest players at age 21.

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  1. jfk69 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Either the Yankees are smart and want other teams to take Cervelli or Murphy in a deal. Or…..This catching prospect is another Montero in the making. Timing of this discipline is suspect.

    • ezthinking - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      It could be he likes to stay out and party and they want to nip it. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

      • jfk69 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Any time the Yankees tout one of their so called prospects with a major league trade deadline approaching..Watch out. By the same token for an organization that prides itself on secrecy and keeping their issues in house..except Arod..I have to wonder why. They will need at least one proven starter at the major league level for the rest of 2014.
        With no chips to trade except their minor league depth at catcher I am sure they would want to move Murphy and keep Sanchez. Time to take a little shine off the apple and knock Sanchez’s ego down a peg. Win Win.

    • nolasoxfan2012 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Hard to see how the Yankees would benefit by making one of their prospects look bad…

  2. wilmyers09 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I saw this guy play he is good future star

  3. DJ MC - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    He isn’t engaging in any dirty behavior, is he?

    They might want to think about sending Brian McCann down to talk to him, catcher to catcher. Get some good use out of his baseball-police attitude.

  4. banksatdixie - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I wonder if this had something to do with Cervelli being in AA on a rehab assignment and him taking Sanchez’s time behind the dish. He may have taken some exception to DHing or something like that.

  5. slartibartfast4242 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    I wonder why he has “Sanchez” tattooed on his forearm. In case he forgets? May be…

  6. stoicpaisano - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Well, his name is on the production house that was responsible for the Anchorman 2 garbage.

  7. genericcommenter - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Pretty sure he could outplay McCann right now. But it’s not saying much.

  8. 461deep - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Barring not being able to hit ML pitching, Sanchez should do well in YS with his power. Yes, Jesus Montero is not thriving but his 1st year was not terrible in Seattle before they moved the fences in and catching turned out to be beyond him. Love to see him get a second chance in a smaller park like Camden Yards, Fenway or Toronto where he can DH & back-up 1st & catch a few games.

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