Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Brian Cashman says Yankees must reevaulate at catcher after Gary Sanchez’s struggles, Kyle Higashioka’s breakout 2020 season

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday via Zoom, GM Brian Cashman was very frank in his answer about his catchers and what to expect heading into next season.

“I think it’s certainly a fair question obviously the way Gary Sanchez’ season transpired, and then the way it ended with Higashioka actually starting in the postseason as many games as he did,” he said. “I think it’s one of the discussion points we’re going to have to focus on.”

Sanchez truly labored this season right from the start going 0-for-15 in the five July games the Yankees played. He, then, posted a .155 average in August and .171 in Sept. and Oct. to bring it to .147 on the season.

“It was a struggle for him the first month of the season, just timing was off, chasing a lot, leaving the zone,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Boone added, though, that “it didn’t necessarily show up in the numbers” where Sanchez improved in front of his coaches. The Yankees believed he was putting together better at-bats and just not having luck on his side.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: gary sanchez, kyle higashioka, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 09:27 AM (#5983093)
They don't make break-outs like they used to.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: October 15, 2020 at 09:30 AM (#5983094)
.198 xBA, Hit Pct of just 16

so yeah, he's really almost a .200 hitter with no glove - but HR!
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: October 15, 2020 at 09:42 AM (#5983095)

They don't make break-outs like they used to.


You don't have faith in a guy whose BA of .231 over the last two seasons is still higher than his OBP?
   4. caspian88 Posted: October 15, 2020 at 09:49 AM (#5983097)
Kyle Higashioka's "breakout season" consists of 16 games where he hit .250 with zero walks, plus five postseason games. He's 30 years old and now has a career batting average of .186.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:04 AM (#5983098)
Austin Romine is available.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:07 AM (#5983099)
oh, to clarify - Post 2 was Sanchez 2020

neither of these guys is the answer
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:43 AM (#5983107)
Kyle Higashioka's last regular season walk came in 2018.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: October 15, 2020 at 05:22 PM (#5983227)
Well when was your last regular season walk vortex?

If only there was a free-agent C that a struggling team like the Yankees could afford ...

Or the Cubs are probably willing to swap 2 years of Contreras.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 15, 2020 at 06:11 PM (#5983236)
neither of these guys is the answer


Well if they are, then as the saying goes, you ain't asking the right question!
   10. Rally Posted: October 15, 2020 at 07:21 PM (#5983248)
Well, the OBP isn’t there. As for the power, 75% of his homers and 50% of his RBI came in a single game against the Blue Jays. Seasons aren’t what they used to be. Thanks Covid.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: October 15, 2020 at 07:41 PM (#5983254)
But you guys are ignoring Higashioka's HUGE 14 PA breakout in the ALDS!!!!! Those were Sanchez 2017 numbers!!!!!

!!!!! (just for emphasis)
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: October 15, 2020 at 09:49 PM (#5983281)
a caller on WFAN the other day said that the season-losing HR that Chapman gave up was all Sanchez's fault.

if Austin Romine showed in a non-COVID-universe bar in Manhattan filled with radio show callers, he'd never be able to open his wallet for food or drink.

if he was moving, 100 of them would show up at his house for no charge. Romine is worshiped like a god in this cult, and Higashioka is on his way to being The Next One.

Romine had a 73 OPS+ in his Yankees career and 58 for the Tigers last year.

the cult would transport him in a rickshaw or by pachyderm or whatever mode of transit Romine wanted back to The Bronx, and consider themselves lucky to have been in his presence.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 16, 2020 at 04:12 AM (#5983299)
Well when was your last regular season walk vortex?


My senior year in high school? :-)

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
phredbird
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAre analytics to blame for Rays’ Kevin Cash pulling Blake Snell too early from Game 6 of 2020 World Series?
(68 - 6:27pm, Oct 28)
Last: The Honorable Ardo

NewsblogJustin Turner of Los Angeles Dodgers pulled from World Series after positive COVID-19 test
(58 - 6:20pm, Oct 28)
Last: Ziggy: social distancing since 1980

NewsblogNBA Post-Bubble offseason thread
(135 - 6:13pm, Oct 28)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2020
(9 - 6:09pm, Oct 28)
Last: Itchy Row

NewsblogMLB offseason begins: 147 players become free agents
(1 - 5:52pm, Oct 28)
Last: JRVJ

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(10193 - 4:54pm, Oct 28)
Last: Mayor Blomberg

NewsblogChamps! The best Dodgers team ever ends L.A.'s 32-year title drought | ESPN
(37 - 4:48pm, Oct 28)
Last: Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens

NewsblogMLB debt totals $8.3 billion as Manfred mulls options for next season
(21 - 4:10pm, Oct 28)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogInside the political donation history of wealthy sports owners
(4 - 4:04pm, Oct 28)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogRob Manfred booed while presenting World Series trophy to Dodgers; fans confused by speech
(12 - 3:08pm, Oct 28)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogPadres’ Luis Campusano charged with felony marijuana possession in Georgia
(24 - 3:00pm, Oct 28)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogCardinals should extend Molina, but ask him to waive his Instagram account
(35 - 1:20pm, Oct 28)
Last: base ball chick

NewsblogHow Wrigley Field got lights, night games in 1988 | MLB.com
(11 - 11:23am, Oct 28)
Last: Meatwad

NewsblogWORLD SERIES 2020 OMNICHATTER!
(833 - 11:18am, Oct 28)
Last: bunyon

Newsblog‘Home, home, home!’ How Dodgers foiled Manuel Margot’s stealing home gamble
(32 - 8:45am, Oct 28)
Last: TJ

Page rendered in 0.2681 seconds
48 querie(s) executed