Yankees’ Sanchez Named AFL Fall Stars Star of the Game

The New York Yankees organization impressed many in Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game with Gary Sanchez behind the plate and Chaz Hebert on the mound.  Sanchez also added another award to his shelf as he was named the 2015 Bowman Star of the Game, the second year in a row a Yankees prospect won the award.

Sanchez got his first at bat early in the first inning after Jurickson Profar walked.  The first two pitches went by him for called strikes so he swung on the third, sending a line drive to centerfield for a fly out to end the inning.  He came back out there in the bottom of the first and after a leadoff single and a strike out he would show off his arm as he caught Christian Arroyo at second base trying to steal.

The top of the fourth inning is where he earned his award.  Coming into the inning the West Stars were down 2-0.  Jurickson Profar singled to start the inning and Sanchez then took the fourth pitch he saw deep into left-centerfield for a 400-foot homerun and 2 RBIs, tying the game.  Sanchez got one more chance at the plate in the top of the fifth but grounded out after 5 pitches to end the inning.

Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Chaz Hebert came into the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, needing 18 pitches to complete the 1-2-3 inning.  He struck out the second batter he faced, his only strike out of the game.

After the game Gary Sanchez was met on the field by a representative of Bowman Cards and presented with the award for being their Star of the Game.