Gary Sanchez did it again on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League.
Baseball’s hottest hitter outside of Daniel Murphy right now, Sanchez drilled another homer and knocked in four runs as Surprise routed Scottsdale, 10-0.
Sanchez also doubled against Cleveland right-hander Jacob Lee before going deep in the sixth against Tigers prospect Adam Ravenelle, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft who is actually two months older than Sanchez. It was a DH day for the RailRiders’ catcher, who is not hitting .450/.429/.950 with a double, three homers and nine RBIs in 20 AFL at-bats.
Elsewhere for Surprise:
– 1B Tyler Austin: Went 2 for 3, scored a run and drew a walk. He was also caught stealing.
The big thing I’m taking away from this fall league experience for Austin — who is 5 for 13 so far — is that he’s not playing any outfield. When he plays, it’s at first base. Clearly, the Yankees are trying to turn him into a guy who can be the right-handed option at first if they need one (i.e., should Mark Teixeira go down again next season). So far this fall against lefties, Austin is a whopping…1 for 2. So, too early to tell if he is actually carving out a niche or not. But clearly, the Yankees are looking into it.
– 2B Tyler Wade: Went 1 for 3 and drew a walk. He was also picked off first.
Wade is 3 for 13 in the early going, but that was his first hit since his debut on Oct. 13.