Sanchez Knows He Can Be Better

Gary Sanchez admits to his rough start in 2011

Gary Sanchez is not only one of the top prospects in the organization, he's one of the better prospects in all of baseball. While he did put up some impressive power numbers for a younger player in the South Atlantic League, Sanchez readily acknowledges it wasn't the year he had expected for himself.

"I started off kind of slow," Sanchez said through the help of a translator. "I struggled at first but little by little I made adjustments and I ended up hitting pretty good."

He hit just .256 with 93 strikeouts in 82 games for the Charleston RiverDogs this past season, but finished with a team-high 17 home runs and actually hit the best when it counted, chipping in with a .295 batting average with runners in scoring position.

"I think at first I was struggling and that led to a lot of strikeouts. I made some adjustments, making the adjustment to hitting the ball to right field and that helped me."

Not being such a pull-hitter was one such adjustment. The more basic adjustments, however, just came from gaining new experiences. He had not only ever participated in a long-season league before or caught as many games, but it was also his first time playing extensively at night.

"Obviously the first couple of games I couldn't see the fly balls but I got used to it after the first couple of weeks," he said

"Overall at first I struggled with catching like I did my hitting, but at the end I improved my receiving and footwork, and blocking balls."

While he is happy with the progress he did make from start to finish, especially ending the year with some hot-hitting [.433 with 7 home runs in his last nine games], Sanchez also realizes he can be so much better going forward.

"I didn't meet the goals that I wanted," he admitted. "I had high standards and I didn't meet them. Obviously at the end I caught up [a bit]. I'm glad I did that but I didn't start [the year] like I wanted to.

"I'm not fully developed but I got better. I think I can be even better next season," he concluded.

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