On Friday night in the Bronx, the Yankees meted out a pants-down paddling at the expense of the Orioles (NYY 14, BAL 4). By the time Yanks rookie phenom Gary Sanchez came up in the fifth, the outcome was pretty much already decided, but Boomcakes still had work to do …
Yes, young Mr. Sanchez in just his 22nd major-league game and 86 major-league plate appearance has tallied his 10th home run. He’s now batting .403/.459/.883 on the season. By doing this in such a brief span of time, Sanchez is, as you would expect, in elite company. For instance …
- Sanchez is now tied with George Scott and Trevor Story for the most home runs through the first 22 games of his career (source: @Kazuto_Yamazaki).
- He’s now the record holder for most home runs in a calendar month by a Yankee rookie. He’s set that record in just 19 games in August. (source: @YankeesPR).
- He’s first rookie to tally at least 10 homers and 20 RBI in his first 20 games of a given season since the RBI first became an official stat in 1920 (source: @ESPNStatsInfo). Note: Sanchez played two games with the Yankees in 2015.
- Sanchez is also the first player in MLB history to rack up 10 homers and 30 hits in his first 22 games (source: @ktsharp).
- Since being recalled on Aug. 23, Sanchez has hit 23 balls that left the bat at 100 mph or greater. Next highest total on the Yankees is Brett Gardner with 10 (source: @SethDRothman).
In a striking bit of symmetry, Sanchez also had 10 home runs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, but that was over a span of 313 plate appearances and 71 games. Obviously, Sanchez isn’t going to be able to maintain this pace (as Yankees of yore Shane Spencer and Kevin Maas would hasten to remind us), but he’s long been regarded as a potential impact hitter. Suffice it to say, the 23-year-old Sanchez has made quite an impact thus far.
As for this author’s prior remarks regarding a potential nickname for Mr. Sanchez, he stands by them — i.e., those remarks …
Just referred to Gary Sanchez as “Boomcakes” and have decided not to apologize.
— Dayn Perry (@daynperry) August 27, 2016
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez has already managed to make home run history