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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gary Sanchez: best Yankee phenom since ... Shane Spencer?

Shane Spencer. How quickly we forget. Now Gary Sanchez is all the rage, even over Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin who homered back to back in their first plate appearances just a couple of weeks ago. Even that seems like a while ago. But back to Shane Spencer.

In 1998 27 year old Spencer had 73 plate appearances (PA) and 67 at bats (AB) in 27 games for the Yankees. Not enough for it to be considered his rookie season. Spencer hit 10 home runs in those 67 AB. Spencer had zero home runs in his first nine games: 17 AB. August 17, 1998 in the second game of a doubleheader against Kansas City Spencer hit his first two home runs. He hit one home run in four of his final five games. Spencer hit 10 home runs in 50 AB.

For his career Shane Spencer hit 59 home runs in 1,671 AB. With the Yankees, 43 in 1,091 AB; 33 in 1,024 AB after his non rookie season out burst.

From his home run log:

1998 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBPit(cnt)RBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
11111998-08-07 (2)NYYKCRTim Byrdakahead 8-1b 71---2,(1-0) 1790.002100%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF)
22221998-08-07 (2)NYYKCRMatt Whisenantahead 12-1b 82--33,(1-1) 2790.000100%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line); Posada Scores
33311998-09-04NYY@CHWMike Sirotkabehind 0-2t 31---3,(1-1) 1870.09537%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF)
44411998-09-18NYY@BALJesse Oroscoahead 11-5t 911234,(1-2) 4390.002100%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Posada Scores; Brosius Scores; Knoblauch Scores
55511998-09-22 (1)NYYCLEDave Burbaahead 2-0b 21---1,(0-0) 1770.07780%Home Run (Line Drive to Deep LF)
66621998-09-22 (1)NYYCLEDave Burbaahead 4-3b 40---1,(0-0) 1770.09878%Home Run (Fly Ball)
77711998-09-23NYYCLEJason Jacomebehind 2-4b 3212-2,(1-0) 3670.29963%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Williams Scores; Martinez Scores
88811998-09-24NYYTBDWilson Alvarezbehind 1-2b 601233,(1-1) 4590.23691%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Jeter Scores; Williams Scores; Bush Scores
99911998-09-26NYYTBDTerrell Wadetied 0-0b 30---3,(1-1) 1770.10967%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF)
10101011998-09-27NYYTBDAlbie Lopezahead 3-1b 521233,(1-1) 4790.15397%Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF); Williams Scores; Sojo Scores; Davis Scores
Three of the home runs were with the bases loaded: 4, 8, 10.

In the first round of the 1998 tournament against Texas, Spencer hit two home runs. His only other tournament home run was in the 2001 finals against Arizona.

Spencer hit 10 home runs in 283 AB in 2001. His highest total was 12 in 395 AB in 2003 with Cleveland and Texas.

Gary Sanchez has 9 home runs in 72 AB in 2016. Sanchez is 23 years old. First home run was August 10, the most recent August 24.

Oh, those two 24 year old phenoms ...

Aaron Judge: 2 HR in 36 AB, .726 OPS
Tyler Austin: 1 HR in 27 AB, .407 OPS

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