With the All-Star break looming, Major League Baseball officially announced the 2016 Futures Game rosters. The Yankees will be represented by catcher Gary Sanchez, 23, and shortstop Jorge Mateo, 21. Sanchez and Mateo will be on the World Team as they both hail from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Gary Sanchez was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the #3 prospect in the Yankees system heading into the 2016 season. He was also ranked the #36 prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2016 season. This year is his first full-season in AAA as he spent only thirty-five games there in 2015 after getting called up from AA mid-season. Sanchez missed a portion of this season due to a thumb injury, but has played well when on the field. He currently has a
.277/.321/.492 slash-line, 8 HRs, and 31 RBIs in forty-eight games in AAA . He had a brief stint with the big league club earlier this season, although he only received two plate appearances before being sent back down. Sanchez, a catcher, is currently blocked by Brian McCann, but if he keeps playing well in AAA it would not be a surprise to see him back up with the Yankees soon.
Jorge Mateo was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the #1 prospect in the Yankees system ahead of the 2016 season. He was also ranked as the #26 prospect in baseball by Baseball America heading into the 2016 season. Mateo, who just turned twenty-one years old on June 23rd, stands at 6’0” 190 lbs and is known for his electric speed. Mateo played one-hundred and seventeen games last season between Charleston (A ball) and Tampa (A+ ball). He stole a remarkable 82 bases last year between Charleston and Tampa. That type of speed will get you to the majors in a hurry. He has spent all of the 2016 with Tampa, where he currently has a .270/.330/.409 slash-line, 5 HR’s, and 26 SBs in sixty-nine games. It is expected that the Yankees will promote Mateo from A+ to AA fairly soon.
The 2016 Futures Game will be a great opportunity for Yankee fans, and baseball fans, to get-to-know Gary Sanchez and Jorge Mateo and watch them show off their skill-sets. Both Sanchez and Mateo are incredibly important to the Yankees future and, they hope, that they will be making an impact in the Bronx sooner rather than later.