Yankees call up prospect catcher Gary Sanchez

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The Yankees made a pair of call-ups in advance of their doubleheader against the Blue Jays this afternoon, recalling outfielder Slade Heathcott and catcher Gary Sanchez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

We have seen Heathcott in the majors before, but the 22-year-old Sanchez is someone Yankees fans have been waiting on for a long time. He received a $2.5 million bonus from the team as a 16-year-old in 2009 and was regarded as a top-50 prospect as recently as 2014. His stock faded a bit last year after he posted a .743 OPS with Double-A Trenton while showing little progress behind the plate, but he has bounced back this season by batting .274/.330/.485 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI over 93 games between Double- and Triple-A. While he’s still mostly known for his bat, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger that he has improved on his receiving and game-calling.

The Yankees already have Brian McCann and John Ryan Murphy, so we likely won’t see much of Sanchez down the stretch. He’ll mostly be used as a right-handed bat off the bench.