The Atlanta Braves have a wave of pitching prospects from recent drafts developing, but those players are probably a couple of years away from the starting rotation, which is partially why they jumped the market to sign R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon on aggressive one-year deals. By making those investments, Atlanta hopes to patch rotation holes on a team that showed promise at the end of the season by winning 30 of its last 50 games, without having to surrender any prospects or agree to a pricey multiyear deal in a weak market. Dickey and Colon also will provide pitching styles that are distinct from those of their Braves peers, with Dickey featuring the knuckleball and Authentic Curtis Martin Jersey Colon attacking hitters with a fastball that moves so much.
The best of the Atlanta pitching prospects will be in the lower levels of their minor league system in 2017, with Ian Anderson, Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka, Joey Wentz and Touki Toussaint all in the 18-21 age range.
By the way, the Braves are not expected to seek a personal catcher for Dickey.
That leaves Sanchez, soon to turn 24, at the Authentic Darrelle Revis Jersey top of the Bronx marquee when 2017 begins. The youth movement is on, but it remains to be seen whether Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino will be joining Sanchez as supporting actors.
But as Sanchez’s career moves forward, his defense will likely stand out. His arm is off the charts, while the front office raves about his ability to call pitches. Manager Joe Girardi always says it is defense-first for catchers, and Sanchez has bought in.
Sanchez’s future success will not be based solely on himself — just as with Rivera, Jeter and Rodriguez. No baseball player’s team wins without 24 other guys. Sanchez could be the leader of the Yankees’ next era.
Sanchez figures to be the catcher for potential Yankees “uber” teams, to borrow GM Brian Cashman’s word. His continued development is so important because it can create a salary structure for the franchise, in which one of its best players might not be making the most money on the roster. Sanchez, a potential All-Star, won’t be eligible for free agency until after 2021.
By then, the Yankees might sign guys such as Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But right now, it doesn’t matter that Sanchez wasn’t the Yankees’ first Rookie of the Year since Jeter in 1996 — Sanchez is the face of the organization. That’s pretty good for a soon-to-be 24-year-old with a lot of baseball ahead of him.
The White Sox have told other teams they’re willing to listen to offers on players they control for three years or less, including Jose Abreu, Chris Sale, Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera and others.