Murphy had him fired up for the 9th. Tanaka looked amped when they hugged to post-game.
Murphy is another reason in my list why we should look to move Sanchez, either for a big name, or for minor leaguers in other areas.
I like Sanchez, but McCann, Teixeira prevent him from being anything here for a while. And there are other places we lack that we could use in the minors for Sanchez.
McCann is a top 2 or 3 offensive catcher in baseball. He also calls a good game.
He also hasn't shown the signs of being on the downside. Sure his BA & OBP are both down around 30 points from his career average. But that can easily be explained by the shift. 30 points on his BA is 9 hits in 90 games, he's definitely lost a good amount due to the shift. He still strikes out at about the same rate per # of At Bats that he did in 2010.
We still have 4 more years of McCann. We can reasonably expect at least 2, likely 3 years of that we will have an above average hitter.
John Ryan Murphy doesn't have really any power, but calls a good game, and hits for average, his slash line last year is within a few points on BA & OBP. Slugging is up 20 points this year. So it's reasonable to think that he's a 280s hitter, 315-330 OBP. And at worst is an average fielder as a backup. We have 2 more years of Team Control, and 3 years of Arbitration on Murphy.
So unless McCann is not here in the next 3 years, the best we get out of Sanchez is a backup catcher, and a Starter maybe at 26. Sanchez can hit the ball well, and he can gun down runners. But his ability to call a game, his maturity, and his defense have all been huge question marks. A lot of people believe that Sanchez may not even be an everyday catcher and is instead a First Baseman. Which then puts Greg Bird, or Aaron Judge if it's too crowded in the outfield in front of him.
His 20/80 ratings according to MiLB.com is Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 60 | Run: 30 | Arm: 70 | Field: 45 | Overall: 50
On the other hand, we have Luis Torrens, who turned 19 in May in the system. He was supposed to start his climb, but a torn labrum ended his season. Anyway, Torrens hits for just as much contact, maybe a 10-15 Homerun guy as opposed to Sanchez being around 20 Home runs. Has a good arm, can field, calls a much better game. Seen as a legit catcher.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 35 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45
Wouldn't be upset if they kept Sanchez. I just think McCann, Murphy & Torrens gives you an ability to move Sanchez for a minor leaguer who is as good but in a different position.