Yankees Gary Sanchez Opens New Defensive Stance

WASHINGTON – Gary Sanchez will always be defined by his powerful right-handed bat, but on Thursday night the Yankees’ catcher talked about how he came up with a new defensive stance brought in by catching coach Tanner Swanson in February.

Early in spring training 1.0, Sánchez felt uncomfortable with a low crouch, with one leg kicked out and was called strike less pitches.

In a 4–1 Opening Day win over Max Shozer and defending World Series champions on Thursday night, Sanchez described his progress.

“Getting better, a lot more comfortable and getting to the point where it’s second nature to me,” Sanchez said of the setup he was working on with Gerrit Cole. “I think it is the result of everything we have done. It is a lot of work dedicated to assimilating the stance and I think it is progressing. ‘

As a bat, Sanchez struck in three at-bats against Schrezer, but it is not rare against a right-hander who scored 11 but took the loss. Brett Gardner also had a strike hat trick.

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Tyler Wade Yankees is in the 30-man roster for his ability to play shortstop, second, third and run.

On Thursday night against the nationals, Wade, hitting left-handed, was in the lineup at second base as DJ Lemahieu continued to work his way back from COVID-19. Although Wade has not completed the big-league league that Lehmahu has, he has done something the Yankees could not accomplish: LeMahieu could not complete: He already gave up in the third inning on Aaron Judge’s double, helping third base K coach Phil Nevin sent him home.

“His speed, we watched the bunt game [Thursday night], He is a special type of protector. It’s one thing to have speed, but he’s an excellent base runner, “Aaron Boone said of Wade, who drove the ball across the mound in a sacrifice-bunt position in the fifth and barefooted second baseman Starlin Castro. Forced to. Went for a single and helped score a run. “If he can get on enough grounds, then he is a guy who can influence the game and versatility is what he really is.”

In parts of three big league seasons, the 25-year-old Wade had 218 bats in 109 games and recorded a .197 batting average on Thursday night. However, when he played regularly for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre in 2017, he led the International League with a .10 batting average.

“I think he has it in him to be the one who controls the strike zone that is important to him, not the chase,” Boone said. “The difference between them is really a good key player or struggling.”

For LeMahieu, he was scheduled to face Jordan Montgomery in a mock game on Friday. If that’s okay, the All-Star second baseman has a chance to start against Stephen Strasburg on Saturday night.

The Yankees signed veteran leftie reliever Fernando Abad on Friday and sent him to their satellite camp in Scranton. Abad, 34, missed Spring Training 2.0 with the nationals due to COVID-19 and was abandoned by the club.

Abad has worked for six big league clubs and was signed by the nationals in February and released on 17 July. He worked 21 games for the Giants in 2019 and posted a 4.15 ERA. In nine big league seasons, Abad has a 3.67 ERA in 384 games.

Right-handed hitters hit .750 OPS with .257 vs. leftie swingers batting .234 with .66 APS.


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