While the Chicago Cubs have been rumored to be looking for young starting pitching, another big area of need for the organization is the catching position. Currently, the Cubs do not have a catching prospect in the system that projects as a serviceable big league player. They did draft Kyle Schwarber, a catcher out of Indiana University, this year in the draft but most scouts feel that he will end up playing left field. Therefore, if the Cubs were to make a trade with the New York Yankees, it would be in their best interest to acquire catcher Gary Sanchez.
Sanchez is a 21-year-old catcher from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sanchez was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent on July 2, 2009 according to mlb.com. He was only 16 years old when he was signed by the Yankees and has since grown into one of the best prospects in baseball. Coming into this season, Sanchez was rated as the number 35 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America. Sanchez is also ranked as the top prospect in the Yankees organization.
Sanchez is a big catcher listed at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. Sanchez is most noted for his ability to swing the bat. Over the last two seasons, Sanchez has hit a combined 66 HR between low-A ball and Double-A. He has big time power which is hard to find at the catching position. Sanchez has also shown the ability to be patient as he walked 82 times last year. Sanchez also has the ability to hit for average as in his minor league career, he has never hit below .250 at any level including sporting a career average of .274.
Not only is Sanchez a very good hitting catcher, but he also possess an incredible throwing arm. Over the five minor league seasons in which he has played, Sanchez has thrown out 31% of potential base stealers. This year Sanchez is having an even better year throwing base stealers out as he is throwing out 39% of base runners.
Given the fact that the Cubs are very thin in the organization in terms of quality catchers, Sanchez would be a great return in a potential trade. He would provide the organization with a power hitting catcher that can also hold his own on the defensive side of the ball. He is young enough that he would fit perfectly with the rest of the other prospects that the Cubs possess.
Sanchez is the type of catcher that the Cubs could put in the middle of their lineup for years to come along side other prized prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. If the Cubs can strike a deal with the Yankees at the deadline, we may be hearing the name Sanchez announced at Wrigley field for years to come.