Gary Sanchez is a baseball catcher from Dominica who made his professional debut with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2015, having been one of the top prospects in baseball last year.
Since his debut, Gary’s career and fame have grown steadily. In 2016, the Dominican player was crowned American League Rookie of the Month and also received the Player of the Month award for August 2016, and his first All-Star came the following year (2017).
Sanchez recorded 19 home runs in 45 games and was named the fastest player to reach this mark in modern baseball history. He finished the 2016 season as the second rookie of the year, even though he only played 53 games.
Below is everything you need to know about the 2016 Record Rookie of the Year, which is also popular in social media with the hashtag #IAmGary.
Gary Sanchez- Bio
The young Dominican catcher was born on December 2, 1992, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (a city where he also grew up). His parents divorced when Sánchez was very young, so he and his four siblings (three brothers and one sister) were raised by their mother – Orquidia Herrera and their grandmother Agustina Pena.
The children, however, got to see their father from time to time. One of Gary’s brothers, Miguel Sánchez, played baseball for the Seattle Mariner organization.
Actually, Sanchez’s career began in July 2009 after the New York Yankees signed him as a freelance international agent. He made his debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees, and in August 2010 he joined the Staten Island Yankees in the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League, finishing the 2010 season with .329/.393/.543 goals, 8 home runs, and 43 runs, beating them in 47 games (RBIs).
At the end of the season, Gary was one of the most promising players in baseball, was ranked second-best player in the Yankees organization, and was voted 30th most promising player overall by Baseball America. He spent the 2011 season with the Charleston RiverDogs in the Class A South Atlantic League. Although he only played 82 games with them before he injured his fingers, Gary Sánchez still ended the season with .256/.335/.485 goals, 17 home runs, and 52 RBIs.
In the 2012 season, he played for Charleston and later advanced to the Tampa Yankees in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. As expected, Cary’s impressive play also showed with his new team. He played with them in the first quarter of the 2013 season before moving up to the Class AA Eastern League Trenton Thunder in the second quarter of the season after beating them with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs .254.
After the 2013 season, he was added to the 40-man Yankee list. For the 2015 season, he started playing for Trenton and was later selected to represent the Yankees at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game. After the game, he moved up to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, where he beat his first At-Bat. This was also his last game in the Minor League.
Gary made his first debut in the Major League as a pinch-hitter. This season he was added to the Yankees’ 25-player roster for the American League (AL) 2015 Wild Card Game, and later he was called up to the Arizona Fall League (AFL) after the season. He led in the home runs and was soon named the most valuable player in the Fall Stars Game and second-best player in the AFL by Baseball America.
Sánchez performed so well as a catcher this season that the Yankees had no problem dealing with catcher colleague John Ryan Murphy in the off-season. In the 2016 season, Gary recorded his first major-league hit, his first major-league home run and 3 singles games, as well as his first two home-run games against the Toronto Blue Jays.
After scoring four home runs with an average of 0.523, Gary was named AL Player of the Week and also became the first player in MLB history to score at least 11 home runs and 31 goals in just his first 23 career games. A week later, he was named AL Player of the Week for the second consecutive year. The following week, the MLB named him AL Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month.
In September 2016, Gary Sanchez recorded his 18th and 19th home runs in his 45th game, breaking the record as the fastest player to score 19 home runs in modern times. He ended the season with a batting average of 0.299, 20 home runs and 42 RBIs. He also finished the season as runner-up in the AL Rookie of the Year competition behind Michael Fulmer.
He finished the 2017 season with a batting average of 0.278/.345/.531 with 33 home runs, 90 RBIs, 20 doubles, 131 hits, 40 walks, and 79 runs. At the end of the season, he received his first Silver Slugger Award for best batsman in the American League. In 2018 Sánchez scored his first walk-off home run from Fernando Rodney in his career and led the Yankees to a 4-3 victory.
Gary Sanchez’s Wife (Sahaira)
Gary Sanchez is happily married to Sahaira, and they are parents of an adorable daughter named Sarah.
The experienced player said the birth of his daughter has transformed him from a player who was on the move early in his professional career into a player who is praised for his work ethic.
Height, Weight, And Other Facts
Gary meets the average height of a professional baseball player which is 6’2 in. He stands at 6″2 (1.88m) and weighs 104 kg.
He has a strong influence on social media and has a large fan base on both his Twitter and Instagram accounts with the hashtag #IAmGary.
Sanchez is nicknamed “The Kraken”, which was given to him in 2016 by former Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.