His older brother, Miguel, spent six seasons (2009-14) in the Mariners’ minor league system... Received a 2017 Thurman Munson Award for success on the field and in the philanthropic community.
Hit .147 (23-for-156) with 19R, 4 doubles, 10HR, 24RBI and 18BB in 49 games with the Yankees…ranked third among all Major League catchers in homers…of his 23H, 14 went for extra bases (4 doubles, 10HR)...Reached the 10HR plateau for the fifth straight season…is one of 20 catchers all time with at least five 10HR seasons (min. 50% games at C) prior to his age-28 season and one of just two Yankees to accomplish the feat (Yogi Berra-six)...Is the first Yankee to have more RBI than hits in a season (min. 100PA) since Oscar Gamble in 1984 (23H, 27RBI)—credit: Elias...Hit his first HR of the year—a two-run shot in the seventh inning—and was 1-for-4 in 8/6 loss at Philadelphia… the HR extended the club’s franchise record 12-game HR streak to start a season…was his first HR since his 2HR on 9/3/19 vs. Texas...Homered in three straight games from 8/12-15…marked the sixth time in his career he homered in at least three straight games and first since 6/19-21/19…the final of the three homers (8/15 vs. Boston) was the 109th of his career and came in his 389th career game, the second-highest total through 389 games in Major League history (Ryan Howard-119HR)...Hit a solo HR on 8/18 vs. Tampa Bay…was the 110th home run of his career and came in his 392nd career game, the second-highest total through 392 games in Major League history (Ryan Howard-120HR)…was his fifth career HR off LHP Blake Snell, the most Snell has allowed to any batter (next: 3HR to Jose Altuve) and matching his most off any pitcher (also 5HR vs. David Price)...Hit a pinch-hit grand slam to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning of Game 2 on 8/30 vs. the Mets…marked his first career pinch-hit home run and his second career grand slam (also 4/27/19 at San Francisco)…was the first extra-inning, pinch-hit grand slam in franchise history…was the Yankees’ first pinch-hit homer since Mike Ford on 9/14/19 at Toronto and the Yankees’ first pinch-hit grand slam since Stephen Drew on 4/13/15 at Baltimore…was the Yankees’ first grand slam in extra innings since Bobby Abreu hit one in the 10th inning on 9/24/08 at Toronto…was his 111th career home run and came in his 399th career game, the second-highest total through 399G in Major League history (Ryan Howard-122HR)...Had three multi-hit games in 2020, all coming over his final nine games of the season (first on 9/17)...Homered in consecutive games (9/17-18) for the second time in 2020 (also three straight from 8/12-15)...Hit a solo HR in the seventh inning on 9/17 vs. Toronto (2-for-4, 2R, 1 double, 1HR, 2RBI)…was his first multi-hit game since 9/3/19 vs. Texas (also 2H)…was his 114th career home run, surpassing Thurman Munson (113) on the Yankees’ all-time HR list...Hit a game-tying solo HR with two outs in the ninth inning on 9/18 at Boston…was his first career game-tying HR in the ninth inning or later…was his 115th career home run and came in his 414th career game…marked the third-most homers through 414 games in Major League history behind Ryan Howard (129) and teammate Aaron Judge (119)…also tied Curtis Granderson for 37th place on the Yankees’ all-time home runs list...Walked a career-high three times on 9/26 vs. Miami…had not walked in his previous nine games (9/15-25), the second-longest streak of his career without a walk (15G from 9/27/17-4/13/18)...Was 1-for-8 with 1R, 1HR and 3RBI in three postseason games…broke a 6-6 tie with two-run HR in sixth inning in ALWCS Game 2, his 28th career playoff game…became the seventh Yankee to hit at least 7HR in his first 28 career postseason games, joining Aaron Judge (9HR), Mickey Mantle (9HR), Lou Gehrig (9HR), Bernie Williams (8HR), Bill Skowron (7HR) and Babe Ruth (7HR)…Giancarlo Stanton joined the group later in 2020…also hit a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of the eventual 10-9 Yankees series-clinching win...Following the season, played for Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League, batting .245 (13-for-53) with 5R, 4 doubles, 2HR, 10RBI and 6BB in 15 games.
Hit .232 (92-for-396) with 62R, 12 doubles, 34HR, 1 triple, 77RBI and 40BB in 106 games with the Yankees..led all Major League catchers in homers..surpassed his own 2017 club record (33) for homers in a season by a Yankees catcher (min. 50.0% of games at C)...Became the first catcher with multiple 30HR seasons (33HR in 2017) since Atlanta's Javy Lopez in 1998 (34HR) and 2003 (43HR)..is one of four catchers all-time with multiple 30HR seasons prior to his age-27 season (Johnny Bench-3, Mike Piazza-2, Rudy York-2)... Hit a career-high 19HR with exit velocities of at least 110.0 mph (Statcast), tied with the Mets' Pete Alonso for most in the Majors...Hit .364 (20-for-55) with 10HR and 22RBI in 14 games against the Orioles..homered in five straight games against Baltimore from 4/7-5/22 (7HR), the ninth player in Orioles/Browns history to do so in a single season..hit 7HR in 7G at Camden Yards..according to STATS, LLC, became the fourth Yankee to hit at least 6HR in his first 5G in a ballpark in one season, joining Lou Gehrig (7HR at League Park in 1930), Babe Ruth (6HR at Shibe Park in 1930) and Tony Lazzeri (6HR at Shibe Park in 1936)..is the first visiting player to record at least 4RBI in three consecutive games (4/7-5/21) against the Baltimore Orioles franchise since RBI became an official stat in 1920..according to the YES Network, with Gleyber Torres hitting 13HR vs. the O's, became the 10th set of teammates in Major League history (fifth set of Yankees) to hit at least 9HR against the same team in a single season and the first since San Francisco's Barry Bonds and Rich Aurilia (9HR each) in 2001 vs. Arizona..the last set of Yankees to do so was Mickey Mantle (11HR) and Roger Maris (9HR) in 1961 vs. the Washington Senators...Hit 24HR prior to the All-Star break, the most ever by a Yankees catcher before the break (surpassed Yogi Berra-18HR in 1956)..was the first Major League catcher to hit 24HR prior to the break since the Rangers' Iván Rodríguez (26) and Mets' Mike Piazza (24) in 2000...Through 50 team games (Game 1 on 5/25), hit 15HR..with Gleyber Torres (12HR) and Luke Voit (13HR), became the second trio in Yankees history to reach 12HR apiece by the club's 50th game of the season, joining Mickey Mantle (21HR), Yogi Berra (16HR) and Hank Bauer (13HR) in 1956 (credit: STATS, LLC.)...Hit 7HR in April despite playing just 13 games..is only the fourth player in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to hit at least 7HR in April in fewer than 15G, joining Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt (11HR in 14G in 1976), Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell (7HR in 13G in 1973) and San Francisco's Willie Mays (7HR in 11G in 1964)...Set a career high with 6RBI and hit three, two-run HRs in 4/7 win at Baltimore, his first career three-homer game..marked the Yankees' first 3HR game since Aaron Hicks (7/1/18 vs. Boston)..was their first 3HR game on the road since Alex Rodriguez on 7/25/15 at Minnesota..marked the first time a Yankee has ever hit 3HR in a game in Baltimore (note: Joe DiMaggio hit 3HR on 6/13/37-G2 at St. Louis-AL)..at 26 years, 126 days, became the youngest Yankee to hit 3HR in a game since Bobby Murcer (24 years, 35 days) on 6/24/70-G2 vs. Cleveland..became the third Yankee ever to hit 6HR through nine team games, joining Alex Rodriguez (6HR) in 2007 and Graig Nettles (6HR) in 1974..marked his 11th career multi-HR game..is the fastest player in Major League history to reach 11 multi-HR games (274G)..with Clint Frazier hitting 2HR in the game, marked the fourth time ever that two Yankees combined for 5HR in a game, the first since 7/28/40 (G1) at Chicago-AL (Charlie Keller-3HR, Joe DiMaggio-2HR).. were the first Yankees teammates to hit multiple HRs in the same game since Sánchez and Judge on 9/10/17 at Texas...Was placed on the 10-day injured list from 4/12 (retroactive to 4/11)-4/24 with a left calf strain..played one rehab game with Single-A Charleston, going 0-for-3...Hit his first career grand slam in 4/27 win at San Francisco...Hit 9HR in 22 games in May, the fifth time in his career he hit at least 9HR in a calendar month (also August 2016, September 2016, June 2017 and August 2017)..became the first player in Yankees history to record at least 10XBH (also hit 1 triple) in a calendar month without hitting a double (in July 1925, Babe Ruth hit .301, 28-for-93, with 1 triple and 8HR)..was the first player to do so since Baltimore's Mark Trumbo had all 10XBH go for homers in August 2016...Had his 12th career multi-HR game in 5/3 win vs. Minnesota..is the second-fastest player to reach 12 multi-HR games (in 284G), behind only Ralph Kiner (282G)...Hit his 11th HR in his 19th game of the season (5/4 vs. Minnesota)..is the third-fastest Yankees player to reach 11HR in a season (in terms of games played), following Alex Rodriguez (12HR in 15G in 2007, had 2HR in Game 15) and Glenallen Hill (11HR in 18G in 2000 as a mid-season acquisition)...Hit his first career triple on 5/19, the first triple by a Yankees catcher since Austin Romine on 8/13/17 vs. Boston..according to Elias, his 1,101 at-bats were the second-most among active players without a triple, behind Seattle's Ryon Healy (1,501)...Joined Gleyber Torres in homering in three straight team games from 6/19-21, becoming the first pair of teammates in Yankees history to homer in three consecutive games together (confirmed by Elias)...His three-run HR in the 10th inning-his first career extra-inning HR-on 7/4 at Tampa Bay traveled an estimated 461 ft. (Statcast)...Was voted by fans to his second career AL All-Star team (also 2017) and went 1-for-2 with 1R and 1 double as the AL's starting catcher...On 7/15 vs. Tampa Bay, picked off Willy Adames at second base in the fifth..the pickoff was his third of the season and came through 504.2 innings, matching his total from the previous two seasons (2017-18) combined (in 1,534.0 innings caught)...In Game 1 on 7/18 vs. Tampa Bay, collected his first multi-hit game since 6/21 vs. Houston..snapped a 16game stretch with 1H-or-fewer, the second-longest such streak of his career (20G from 5/22-6/19/18)...Was placed on the 10-day injured list from 7/24-8/10 with a left groin strain..was removed from 7/23 win at Minnesota in the eighth inning with the injury..went 1-for-5 with 1R in two rehab starts at C with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Hit 10HR with 19RBI in 27 games after returning from the I.L. before suffering a groin injury on 9/12..had just 1RBI (0HR) in his prior 12 games (7/5-23) before being placed on the I.L...Hit his 25th home run of the season on 8/10 at Toronto after being reinstated from the 10-day injured list prior to the game.
Hit .186 (60-for-323) with 51R, 17 doubles, 18HR, 53RBI and 46BB in 89 games (74 starts at C, 12 at DH)...Posted a 3.47 catcher's ERA…threw out 12-of-40 potential base stealers (30.0%)...Had at least 3RBI in six of the Yankees' first 29 games (3/29-5/1), becoming the fourth Yankee (fifth time) accomplish the feat (Gehrig-8G in 1934, Ruth-6G in 1926, '32, Rodriguez-6G in 2007)...Each of his first 7H went for extra bases (4 doubles, 3HR)…had a streak of eight straight extra-base hits from 4/22-29 (4 doubles, 4HR)…of his final 48H of the season (beginning on 4/22), 28 went for extra bases (13 doubles, 15HR)...Missed two games (4/7-8) with right calf cramps…was removed from 4/6 loss vs. Baltimore during the top of the 14th with the injury...Hit two two-run HRs in 4/11 win at Boston…was his eighth career two-homer game (first since 9/10/17 at Texas)...Reached base safely in a season-high 13 straight games from 4/22-5/4, collecting 15R, 6HR and 15RBI over the span...Homered five times over an eight-game stretch from 4/24-5/1…hit 9HR from 4/24-5/19, tied for the second-most HR in the Majors over the span...Hit solo HR and two-run HR in 4/24 win vs. Minnesota (in his 196th career game)…was his ninth career multi-HR game and second of the season (also 4/11 at Boston)…are the most multi-HR games in a player's first 196G in Major League history (next: Ryan Braun, Aaron Judge, and Mark McGwire, seven each)...Hit ninth-inning three-run "walk-off" HR in 4/26 win vs. Minnesota…was his first career "walk-off" hit…since 2003, was the Yankees' third "walk-off" HR when trailing by at least 2R: also Mark Teixeira on 9/28/16 vs. Boston (grand slam off Joe Kelly, down 3-1) and Chris Young on 9/11/14 vs. Tampa Bay (three-run HR off Jake McGee, down 4-2)...Hit two-run HR in the fourth inning to account for all of the Yankees offense in 4/29 win at Los Angeles-AL…was the first Yankee to drive in all the runs in a winning effort with one homer since Greg Bird hit a solo HR in a 1-0 win in 2017 ALDS Game 3 vs. Cleveland, and the first to do it in the regular season since Brett Gardner hit a three-run HR in the ninth inning of a 3-2 win on 5/5/17 at Chicago-NL...Hit ninth-inning, game-winning three-run HR to break a scoreless tie on 5/1 at Houston…was the seventh Yankee since 1974 to homer to break a scoreless tie in the ninth inning or later, the first since Chris Young hit a solo HR in the 11th inning on 9/12/14-G1 at Baltimore…only three of those HRs were hit on the road (also Cecil Fielder's solo HR in the 10th inning on 8/2/96 at Kansas City); the Yankees lost both Young's and Fielder's games...Hit his 63rd career home run on 5/12 vs. Oakland…came in his 212th career game, tied with Aaron Judge, Mark McGwire and Rudy York for the most home runs through 212 games in Major League history...Recorded his 10th career multi-HR game on 5/19 at Kansas City (in his 216th career game)…is the fastest to reach the mark in Baseball history (previous: Bob Horner-267th career game)…is one of four Yankees with 10 multi-HR game at age 25 or younger, joining Joe DiMaggio (17), Mickey Mantle (14) and Lou Gehrig (13)…was 4-for-5 with 2R, 1 double and 3RBI in the game, tying his career high in hits (also 8/10/16 at Boston)...Snapped an 0-for-19 stretch with a two-run fifth-inning single on 5/30…were his first RBI since 5/19 at Kansas City (3RBI)…his eight-game stretch without an RBI was the second-longest of his career (10G from 8/28-9/8/16)…had two additional eight-game streaks without an RBI from 6/2-14 and 9/12-22...Hit solo HR in 6/16 win vs. Tampa Bay, his first HR since 5/19 at Kansas City…snapped a career-long 18-game homerless stretch (5/21-6/15) that spanned 66AB…drove in a run in consecutive games for the first time since 4/28-29...Was placed on the 10-day disabled list from 6/25-7/19 with a right groin strain (missed 20 team games)…was removed from 6/24 loss at Tampa Bay with the injury…played three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/WB...Was placed back on the 10-day disabled list with a recurrence of his right groin strain from 7/24-9/1 (missed 37 team games)…played five rehab games (one with the GCL Yankees East and four with Triple-A Scranton/WB)...In 23 games after coming off the D.L. on 9/1, hit .179 (14-for-78) with 14R, 3 doubles, 4HR and 11RBI. 4 Hit .167 (3-for-18) with 3R, 1 double, 2HR and 5RBI in five postseason games...Hit 2HR and had 4RBI in ALDS Game 2 at Boston, becoming the second Yankees catcher to hit multiple HRs in a postseason game (also Yogi Berra, who hit 2HR in the 1956 World Series-clinching Game 7 win at Brooklyn on 10/10/56)…was the 10th catcher in Major League history with a postseason multi-HR game (first since Cleveland's Roberto Pérez in 2016 World Series Game 1 vs. Chicago-NL)…was the fourth postseason multi-HR game by a Yankees right-handed hitter (also Chad Curtis, 1999 WS Game 3 vs. Atlanta; Scott Brosius, 1998 WS Game 3 at San Diego; Tony Lazzeri, 1932 WS Game 4 at Chicago-NL)…was the fifth ALDS multi-HR game by a Yankee (first since Didi Gregorius, 2HR in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS at Cleveland)…was the first 4RBI game by a Yankee in the playoffs since Robinson Canó had 6RBI in 2001 ALDS Game 1 vs. Detroit and the first on the road since Melky Cabrera in 2009 ALCS Game 4 at Los Angeles-AL (4RBI)...Underwent left shoulder debridement performed by Yankees Head Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan on 11/8.
Hit .278/.345/.531 (131-for-471) with 79R, 20 doubles, 33HR and 90RBI in 122 games (99 starts at C, 18 at DH)... Earned his ﬁrst Silver Slugger Award…his 79R, 33HR, 90RBI and .531 SLG% were best in the Majors among catchers... Ranked fourth in the Majors (third in the AL) with a 3.43 catcher's ERA…the last Yankee with a lower catcher's ERA was Joe Girardi in 1997 (3.42)…threw out 19-of-56 potential base stealers (33.9%)... In his ﬁrst 64 games behind the plate (through 8/4), permitted 12 passed balls in 553.2 innings (1PB every 46.1 innings) and threw out just 27.8% of attempted base stealers (10-of-36)…over his ﬁnal 40 games from 8/8 (when he returned from three days oﬀ defensively), allowed just four passed balls in 327.1 innings (1PB every 81.8 innings) and threw out 45.0% of base stealers (9-for-20)... His 33HR were a single-season career high and most ever by a catcher (min. 50.0% of games at C) in franchise history (previous: Jorge Posada-30HR in 2003 and Yogi Berra-30HR in 1952 and '56)…were the most by any catcher since Atlanta's Javy Lopez (43) in 2003 and the most by a C, 24-or-younger, since the Dodgers' Mike Piazza hit 35HR in 1993…were the most HR in a single-season by a Dominican-born catcher (previous: Wilin Rosario, 28HR in 2012)... Is the youngest catcher in Yankees history to hit at least 25HR in a season, one of seven Yankees catchers overall to reach the mark (also: Yogi Berra-6x, Bill Dickey-2x, Jorge Posada-2x, Brian McCann, Mike Stanley and Elston Howard)…was the third catcher in AL history to hit at least 25HR in his age-24 season or younger, joining Detroit's Rudy York (2x: 35HR in 1937, 33HR in 1938) and Detroit's Matt Nokes (32HR in 1987)…was one of two Major League catchers since 1994 to accomplish the feat (also Colorado's Wilin Rosario-28HR in 2012)…was the ﬁrst Yankee to hit at least 25HR in a season age at 24-or-younger since Don Mattingly (35HR) in 1985... Joined Aaron Judge as the ﬁrst Yankees age 25-or-younger to hit at least 30HR in a season since Don Mattingly in 1986 (31HR at age 25)... Had 33 HR, while Aaron Judge had 52 HR…was just the second time in Yankees history that two teammates, age 25-or-younger, hit at least 30 HR in a season (also Joe DiMaggio, 31 HR and Joe Gordon, 30HR in 1940)…with a combined 85 HR, set the Major League record for home runs by two teammates, each 25-or-younger (surpassed the 2007 Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder-50 and Ryan Braun-34)... Had four multi-HR games (6/1 at Toronto, 6/8 vs. Boston, 8/22 at Detroit and 9/10 at Texas), while teammate Aaron Judge had seven…became the second pair of Yankees teammates, each age 25-or-younger, with at least four multi-HR games in the same season (DiMaggio/Gordon, four each in 1939)... Was placed on the 10-day disabled list from 4/8-5/5 with a right biceps strain (missed 21 team games)…an MRI on 4/10 revealed a Grade 1 right biceps strain…played three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre... Hit .307/.390/.659 with 21R, 9HR and 27RBI in 23 games in June…his 27RBI were tied for second-most in the Majors during the month and the most by a Yankees catcher in a calendar month since Jorge Posada had 29RBI in August 2000…at 24 years old, was the third-youngest Yankee in 61 years (since 1957) with at least 27RBI in a calendar month (Robinson Canó, 28RBI in Sept. 2006; Don Mattingly, 37RBI in Sept. 1985 and 27RBI in July 1985)…drove in or scored 22.0% of the Yankees' 177R in June... Collected his fourth career multi-HR game-and ﬁrst of the season-in 6/1 win at Toronto…his ﬁrst homer was the 25th of his career (in his 300th career AB)…according to Elias, became the ﬁfth player all time to hit at least 25HR in 300-or-fewer AB: Rudy York (256th at-bat, 1937 season), Mark McGwire (264th, 1987 season), Jose Abreu (264th, 2014 season) and Wally Berger (284th, 1930 season)... Moved from C to 1B in 6/10 win vs. Baltimore, his ﬁrst career appearance at a defensive position other than C... Was named via the Player Ballot to his ﬁrst career All-Star team…was the third Yankees catcher to make the All-Star team at age 24-or-younger, joining Munson (24 years old in 1971) and Berra (23-24 years old in 1948-49)…was 0-for-2 as a defensive replacement at C…participated in the Home Run Derby on 7/10, hitting 17HR in the ﬁrst round to defeat reigning-champion Giancarlo Stanton (16HR) before hitting 10HR to fall shy of Miguel Sanó (11HR) in the semiﬁnals…was pitched to by Yankees BP pitcher Danilo Valiente... In 28 August games, hit .287/.347/.648 (31-for-108) with 19R, 3 doubles, 12HR, 26RBI and 8BB…his 12HR were tied for the most in the AL and tied for second-most in the Majors during the month (Giancarlo Stanton-18HR)…were the most HRs by a Yankee in a calendar month since Mark Teixeira hit 13HR in May 2009…was the fourth Yankee to hit at least 12HR in a month prior to turning 25, joining Mickey Mantle (3x-13HR in Aug. 1956, 16HR in May 1956, 12HR in August 1955), Joe DiMaggio (2x-14HR in Aug. 1939, 15HR in July 1937) and Lou Gehrig (13HR in June 1927)…tied Yogi Berra's June 1952 record for HRs by a Yankees catcher in a single month…was the second catcher in Major League history to hit at least 12HR in a calendar month before turning 25 (Detroit's Rudy York hit 18HR in August 1937, and 24 years old on 8/17/37)... From 7/27 through the end of the season, hit 19HR in 55 games, after hitting just 3HR in his previous 30 games (6/15-7/26)…had 12HR with 31RBI over his ﬁnal 36 games beginning on 8/17... Collected his 100th career RBI with his sixth-inning solo HR in 8/15 win vs. the Mets... Hit two two-run HRs in 8/22 win at Detroit…his ﬁrst-inning HR was measured at an estimated 493 ft. by Statcast-the second-longest HR in the Majors in 2017 (Judge - 495 ft. on 6/11), the longest HR the system has ever recorded at Comerica Park and the longest of his career... Served a three-game suspension during the Yankees' series at Baltimore from 9/4-7…was suspended for his actions during a ﬁght on 8/24 at Detroit... Hit two solo HRs and established a career-high with 4R in 9/10 win at Texas, going 3-for-4 with 1 double and 1HP…with RF Aaron Judge (2HR) also hitting multiple homers, the duo became the fourth pair of Yankees teammates, both age 25-or-younger, to each hit multiple HRs in the same game (also Ron Blomberg-2HR/Otto Velez-2HR on 9/23/73-G1 at Cleveland; Charlie Keller-3HR/Joe DiMaggio-2HR on 7/28/40-G1 at Chicago-AL; and Joe Gordon-2HR/Tommy Henrich-2HR on 8/27/38-G2 vs. Cleveland)... Played in his 162nd career game on 9/11 against Tampa Bay at Citi Field…had 50HR through his ﬁrst 162 games, third-most in Baseball history (Rudy York-55, Mark McGwire-51)... Hit his 31st HR of the season in 9/14 win vs. Baltimore, setting a single-season franchise record for homers by a catcher (previous: Yogi Berra, 30 in 1952 and '56 and Jorge Posada, 30 in 2003)... Made his postseason debut, hitting .208 (11-for-53) with 5R, 2 doubles, 3HR and 8RBI in 13 playoﬀ games... With Greg Bird (3HR), became the ﬁrst pair of Yankees teammates, age 24-or-younger, to each hit multiple HRs in the same postseason…hit his ﬁrst career postseason HR oﬀ Corey Kluber in ALDS Game 2 loss at Cleveland... Made seven starts in the cleanup spot, becoming the fourth Yankee to bat fourth in a postseason game at age 24-or-younger (also Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle)…was the third catcher in Major League history to bat cleanup in a playoﬀ game at age 24-or-younger (also Johnny Bench and Buster Posey)…was the fourth Yankees catcher to hit in the cleanup spot in the playoﬀs (also Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Jorge Posada)... With his tie-breaking two-run double in ALCS Game 4 vs. Houston (at age 24y, 319d), became the youngest Yankee with a go-ahead hit in the eighth inning or later in a playoﬀ game since Tom Tresh (age 24y, 20d) hit a tie-breaking three-run HR oﬀ San Francisco's Jack Sanford in the bottom of the eighth inning in 1962 World Series Game 5.
Hit .299/.376/.657 (60-for-201) with 34R, 12 doubles, 20HR and 42RBI in 53 games (36 starts at C, 17 at DH) over two stints with the Yankees (5/13-14 and 8/3-10/2)…threw out 12-of-31 potential base stealers (38.7%). Placed second in AL "Rookie of the Year" voting behind Detroit's Michael Fulmer (142 total points), receiving four first-place votes, 23 second-place votes and two third-place votes (91 points)…was named on 29-of-30 ballots. His 3.2 WAR (FanGraphs) led all Yankees position players and was tied with Michael Pineda for second on the team behind Masahiro Tanaka (4.6)…ranked fifth among Major League catchers and was tops in the AL (Jonathan Lucroy-4.5, Buster Posey-4.0, J.T. Realmuto-3.5 and Wilson Ramos-3.5)…led all AL rookies and ranked fifth among Major League rookies in WAR (Corey Seager-7.5, Jon Gray-3.7, Trea Turner-3.3 and Kenta Maeda-3.3). According to MLB Statcast, had the seventh-highest average exit velocity (94.1) in the Majors (min. 100 batted ball events), trailing Nelson Cruz (95.9), Giancarlo Stanton (95.1), Matt Holliday (94.7), Miguel Cabrera (94.5) Pedro Álvarez (94.2) and David Ortiz (94.2). According to Elias, his 20HR were the most in Major League history by a player who did not hit one prior to 8/1 of that season…were tied for fourth-most ever by a Yankees rookie (Joe DiMaggio-29HR in 637AB in 1936, Joe Gordon-25HR in 458AB in 1938, Kevin Maas-21HR in 254AB in 1990, Lou Gehrig-20HR in 437AB in 1925 and Tom Tresh-20HR in 622AB in 1962)…did not homer prior to 8/10…Elias notes the only other Yankees to hit at least 20HR from 8/10 until the end of the season are Babe Ruth (25 in 1927) and Roger Maris (20 in 1961)…his 20HR from 8/10-10/2 were most in the Majors…his 53 games were fewest by any player who hit at least 20HR in a season in Major League history (previous was Giancarlo Stanton, 27HR in 74G in 2015). With Brian McCann (also 20HR), the Yankees became the third team in Major League history to have two players, who each played at least half of their games at C, hit at least 20HR in the same season…joined the 1965 Milwaukee Braves (Joe Torre-27HR/Gene Oliver-21HR) and the 1961 Yankees (Elston Howard-21HR/Johnny Blanchard-21HR). Made his season debut in 5/13 loss vs. Chicago-AL, starting at DH and going 0-for-4…at 23 years, 163 days old, became the fifth-youngest player to start at DH for the Yankees-Jesús Montero (14 starts at age 21), Terry Whitfield (1GS at age 22), Juan Bernhardt (2GS at age 22) and Nick Johnson (3GS at age 22, 3GS at a "younger" 23). Was named the AL "Player of the Month" and "Rookie of the Month" for August after batting .389/.458/.832 (37-for-95) with 20R, 9 doubles, 11HR, 21RBI and 11BB in 24G…was the first Yankees catcher ever to win either award…was the first Yankee to win "Player of the Month" since Curtis Granderson in August 2011 and the first Yankee to win "Rookie of the Month" since Robinson Canó in September 2005…was the first Yankee to win both awards in the same month and the first AL player to do so since Chicago-AL's José Abreu won both in July 2014…was the first catcher to be named the AL Player of the Month since Joe Mauer in May 2009, his AL MVP-winning season…was the first catcher in the AL to win both awards in the same month. Hit 11HR in 24G in August, a Yankees rookie record for HRs in a calendar month and the most in a month by a Major League rookie since Milwaukee's Ryan Braun hit 11HR in July 2007…were the most by an AL rookie since Oakland's Mark McGwire hit 15HR in May 1987…was two shy of the single-month high for any Major Leaguer in 2016 (tied with seven others for third), trailing Minnesota's Brian Dozier (13HR in August) and Detroit's Justin Upton (12HR in September)…were the most in a month by a Yankee since Alfonso Soriano hit 11HR in August 2013. Became the first catcher in Yankees history to record at least 20XBH in a calendar month (9 doubles, 11HR in August) and just the seventh Yankee overall to do so since 1962…was the third Yankees rookie to record at least 20XBH in a calendar month (fifth time), joining Joe DiMaggio (23 in May 1936 and 22 in August 1936) and Bob Meusel (20 in June 1920 and 24 in July 1920). Collected his first Major League hit with a single off Hansel Robles to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning in 8/3 win vs. the Mets…since 2012, the only Yankees younger than Sánchez (23 years, 245 days) at the time of their first Major League hit were Ramón Flores (23y, 66d in 2015), Greg Bird (22y, 279d in 2015) and John Ryan Murphy (22y, 112d in 2013). Made his first career start at C and was 1-for-4 with 1 double, 2RBI and 1BB in 8/5 win vs. Cleveland, collecting his first Major League RBI with a fifth-inning double…threw out two runners trying to steal, the most CS by a Yankees catcher since Brian McCann had 3CS on 8/17/15 vs. Minnesota. Hit his first Major League HR in the eighth (solo HR off Junichi Tazawa) and was 4-for-5 with 2R in 8/10 win at Boston (his ninth career game)…became the ninth Yankee since 1913 with a 4H game within the first 9G of his career (last: D'Angelo Jiménez, 9/19/99 at Cleveland)…became the youngest Yankee (23 years, 252 days) with a four-hit game since Robinson Canó (23y, 222d) on 6/1/06 at Detroit…since 1972, is one of four Yankees under age 24 to record at least 4H and 1HR in a game (also Ronald Torreyes-23y, 352d on 8/19/16 at Los Angeles-AL, Robinson Canó-23y, 317d on 9/4/06 at Kansas City and Derek Jeter-23y, 314d on 5/6/98 at Texas). Reached base safely in 21 straight games from 8/14-9/6, the longest such streak by a Yankee since Chase Headley reached base safely in 22 consecutive games from 7/23-8/15/15…hit safely in 18 of the 21 games, batting .380/.473/.835 (30-for-79) with 14R, 6 doubles, 10HR, 17RBI, 13BB and 1SB over the streak. Was named AL "Player of the Week" for the period from 8/15-21, batting an AL-best .524 (11-for-21) with 4R, 2 doubles, 4HR and 6RBI in 6G…became the second catcher in franchise history to win the award (Thurman Munson on 7/25/76 and 5/4/75)…the last Yankees rookie to win the award was Robinson Canó on 9/19/05. Hit .525/.612/1.300 (21-for-40) with 11R, 4 doubles, 9HR, 15RBI and 9BB in 11 games from 8/15-27…over the span, led the Majors in home runs, on-base pct., slugging pct., OPS (1.911), extra-base hits (13) and total bases (52), ranked second in batting average and tied for third in hits. Hit 10HR over a 12-game span from 8/14-27, becoming the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Alex Rodríguez (10HR, 8/29-9/9/07)…had 9HR in 10G from 8/16-27, the first Yankee to do so since Tino Martinez (9HR, 4/5-15/05)-credit: Elias. Homered and recorded multiple hits in three straight home games from 8/16-26, batting .667 (8-for-12) with 6R, 1 double, 4HR and 9RBI in those three games…became the first Yankee with multiple hits and at least 1HR in three straight games at the current Yankee Stadium…was the second player overall to do so, joining Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (3G from 8/9-11/13)…homered in four straight home games from 8/16-27, the second player to accomplish the feat at the current Yankee Stadium (also Alex Rodríguez, 4G, 5/16-19/09). Recorded his first career multi-HR game in 8/16 loss vs. Toronto (solo HR and three-run HR)…came in his 14th career game, becoming the seventh Yankee since at least 1913 with a multi-HR game within his first 14 career games and first since Greg Bird on 8/19/15 vs. Minnesota (2HR)…according to Elias, at 23 years, 258 days old, became the second-youngest Yankees catcher with a multi-homer game, behind Bill Dickey, who homered twice on 7/26/29 vs. St. Louis (22y, 50d)…since 1974, is the fifth-youngest Yankee with a multi-homer game, behind Jesús Montero (21y, 281d on 9/5/11), Greg Bird (22y, 283d on 8/19/15), Robinson Canó (22y, 329d on 9/16/05) and Derek Jeter (23y, 55d on 8/20/97-G2)…became the first Yankees rookie catcher with a multi-HR game since Aaron Robinson on 9/6/45 vs. Detroit (2HR)…Toronto's Russell Martin also hit 2HR, marking the first time in AL history (fourth in Major League history) that two catchers each hit multiple home runs in the same game. Hit cleanup in the starting lineup for the first time and homered in 8/17 loss vs. Toronto…at 23 years, 259 days old, was the third Yankee since 1975 to start in the cleanup spot before turning 24 (also Jay Buhner: 23y, 52d, 10/4/87 vs. Baltimore and Don Mattingly: 23y, 102d, 7/31/84 vs. Milwaukee)…according to the YES Network, was the youngest Yankee to homer out of the No. 4 spot in the starting lineup since Bobby Murcer (23y, 101d) on 8/29/69. Was named AL "Player of the Week" for the period from 8/22-28-his second straight POTW award…became the first rookie in Major League history to win back-to-back POTW awards…was the first AL player with consecutive "Player of the Week" awards since Chicago-AL's Albert Belle in July 1998…hit .522 (12-for-23) with 7R, 3 doubles, 5HR and 9RBI in 6G during the week, leading the AL in extra-base hits (8), slugging pct. (1.304) and total bases (30)…tied for the league lead in HRs and ranked second in BA, OBP (.607) and RBI. His seventh and eighth HRs came in his 19th game (8/22 loss at Seattle), the fewest games by any Yankee to reach eight career home runs in franchise history…was his second career multi-HR game (and second in 6G)…became the fastest player in Yankees history (19G) to collect at least two multi-HR games…Starlin Castro also hit 2HR in the game, becoming the first pair of Yankees teammates to record multiple HRs in the same game since Robinson Canó and Curtis Granderson (2HR each) on 10/3/12 vs. Boston…collected his 25th career hit in the game, tied for the third-quickest player in Yankees history to reach 25H: Joe DiMaggio (14G), Oscar Azocar (17G) and Phil Rizzuto (19G)-credit: Elias…of those 25H, 13 went for extra bases (5 doubles, 8HR), becoming the first Yankee with at least 13XBH in his first 25H since Alfonso Soriano in 2001 (also 13XBH). Was intentionally walked in the seventh and ninth innings on 8/24 win at Seattle…became the first Yankee to draw 2IBB in a game since Robinson Canó on 7/5/13 vs. Baltimore…the only Yankee since 1913 with 2IBB in a game earlier in his career than Sánchez (21st game) was Joe Gordon, who had 2IBB in his 19th career game on 6/15/38 at Chicago-AL. Hit his 11th career home run in his 23rd career game (8/27 win vs. Baltimore), becoming the fastest player in Major League history to reach the mark (previous: Boston's George Scott in 1966 in his 26th career game). Became the first rookie in Yankees history to homer in four straight games (9/17-21, 5HR total)-credit:Elias. Hit his 16th career home run in his 43rd game in 9/18 win at Boston, becoming the second-fastest player in Baseball history to reach the 16HR mark (Wally Berger-1930, 41G). Hit three-run HR and solo HR-his third two-homer game of the season-and was 3-for-4 with 3R, a career-high 5RBI and 1BB in 9/21 win at Tampa Bay…were his 18th and 19th career HRs (in his 45th career game) on 9/21, becoming the fastest player in Baseball history to reach each of those HR marks (previous fastest to both marks was Wally Berger in 1930-18th HR in his 47th game and 19th HR in his 51st game)…became the fifth player in Baseball history to collect at least three multi-HR games in his first 45 career games (also José Abreu, Zeke Bonura, Russell Branyan and Mark Quinn) and the first Yankee to do so. Hit his 20th career home run in his 51st game on 9/27, tying Wally Berger (1930 Boston Braves) for the fastest by any player to reach 20HR in Major League history. In 71 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hit .282 (80-for-284) with 39R, 21 doubles, 10HR and 50RBI…in 16 games in May with Scranton/WB, hit .358 (24-for-67) with 9R, 5 doubles, 4HR and 15RBI…was named to the International League Postseason All-Star Team…was named as the catcher on the MLB Pipeline 2016 Prospect Team of the Year after entering the season as the No. 59 prospect. Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the International League's "Best Defensive Catcher."
Was 0-for-2 in two games in his only stint with the Yankees (9/12-10/4)...made his Major League debut in 10/3 Game 1 loss at Baltimore, going 0-for-1 as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter for Greg Bird...Was on the Yankees' active roster for the AL Wild Card Game vs. Houston, but did not play...Began the season with Double-A Trenton, batting .262 (61-for-233) with 33R, 14 doubles, 12HR and 36RBI in 58 games...Was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 7/18 and hit .295 (39-for-132) with 17R, 9 doubles, 6HR and 26RBI in 35 games...was on the minor league disabled list from 8/27-9/9 (hamstring)...Appeared in three playoff games for the RailRiders, batting .182 (2-for-11) with 1R, 1RBI and 2BB...Started at catcher for the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game, going 1-for-2 with 1 double...Attended spring training with the Yankees, batting .111 (1-for-9) with 1R, 1HR and 2RBI in six games...Following the season, played for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, batting .295 (26-for-88) with 16R, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 7HR and 21RBI in 22 games...led the league in home runs, extra-base hits (14) and total bases (55), tied for first in RBI, ranked second in slugging percentage (.625) and was tied for third in runs scored....was an AFL Fall Stars Game selection and was named MVP of the game after going 1-for-3 with 1HR and 2RBI...was AFL "Batter of the Week" for the period from 10/19-24, batting .421 with 2HR, 16 total bases and a league-leading 9RBI...was tabbed by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the AFL...Following the season, was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Yankees organization...was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star.
Spent the season at Double-A Trenton, batting .270 (116-for-429) with 48R, 19 doubles, 13HR and 65RBI in 110 games…caught 37-of-95 (38.9%) potential base stealers, the second-highest caught stealing pct. in the EL...Was named to the EL’s Mid-Season All-Star Team after batting .270 (79-for-293) with 9HR and 45RBI in the first half...Following the season, was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the Yankees organization.
Combined to bat .253 (115-for-454) with 50R, 27 doubles, 15HR and 71RBI in 117 games with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton… saw time at C, DH and 1B... Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee with the Yankees, batting .200 (1-for-5) in three games... Began the season with Tampa, batting .254 (92-for-362) with 38R, 21 doubles, 13HR and 61RBI in 94 games… was named to the South Atlantic League's midseason All-Star team... Was promoted to Trenton on 8/3, batting .250 (23-for-92) with 12R, 6 doubles, 2HR and 10RBI in 23 games... Appeared in 12 games with Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League after the season, batting .179 (5-for-28) with 1R, 1 double, 2RBI and 3BB... Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees' top prospect… was also named the organization's "Best Power Hitter."... Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/20/13.
Combined at Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa to hit .290 (126-for-435) with 48 extra-base hits (29 doubles, 1 triple, 18HR) and 85RBI in 116 games… ranked second among all Yankees minor leaguers in RBI... Began the year with the RiverDogs, batting .279 (78-for-263) with 19 doubles, 13HR and 56RBI in 68 games… was named to the South Atlantic League's midseason All-Star team... Was twice named a SAL "Player of the Week" (6/4 and 6/18)... Was promoted to Tampa on 7/3, hitting .279 (48-for-172) with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 5HR and 29RBI in 48 games... Appeared in seven games with the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League, batting .238 (5-for-21) with 1HR and 3RBI... Following the season, was named the Yankees' third-best prospect by Baseball America… was also selected as an "Organization All-Star" by MiLB.com and a "Top 100 Prospect for the 2013 Season" by MLB.com, being named the No. 36 overall prospect in all of Baseball.
Batted .256 (77-for-301) with 49R, 16 doubles, 17HR and 52RBI with Single-A Charleston...led the team in home runs, ranking fourth among Yankees farmhands...had his season cut short on 8/12 when he suffered a fractured finger on his left hand...listed as the Yankees' fourth-best prospect following the season by Baseball America...following the season, played with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League (8G, .300, 6-for-20, 3R, 1RBI).
In his first professional season, combined at GCL and short-season Single-A Staten Island to bat .329 (57-for-173) with 33R, 13 doubles, 8HR and 43RBI in 47 games...spent majority of season with the GCL Yankees, hitting .353 (42-for-119) with 11 doubles, 6HR and 36RBI in 31 games...hit safely in each of his first 10 games (.459, 17-for-37)...hit a grand slam in his second pro AB on 6/21 vs. the GCL Pirates...promoted to Staten Island on 8/19, where he hit .278 (15-for-54) with 2HR and 7RBI in 16 games over the remainder of the season...following the season, was named to the Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star Team and tabbed by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in the Yankees organization.