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.