For Sanchez, that means working on a high-speed machine in the cage to make his swing more compact. Aaron Boone is optimistic he’s pretty much where he needs to be.
“He’s been around for about a week now,” Boone said. “I don’t think he’s where he wants to be yet. He recognizes terrain better and has a good swing.
If the receiver and Gleyber Torres can regain their form, the Yankees should be able to survive some of their recent injuries.
“For me, they’re starting to swing on better grounds,” coach Marcus Thames said ahead of Saturday’s game. “And with Gleyber and Gary, they’re a lot more balanced on the field and their plans are good. They start to run.
In this abridged season, their first woes have been more pronounced.
“I always talk to them about not trying to get three hits in one at bat,” Thames said. “And it’s going to come for the guys because they have a really good track record and I think it’s going to show. ”
He’s been doing it lately, with the resurfacing power of Sanchez and Torres has reached base in seven straight games.
Thames credited Torres for an adjustment in his approach and the way he’s been attacking bats lately.
“He was a little happy at first [of the year] and now he starts hitting again in the center right and center of the field without trying to do too much. When he cuts down his swing and tries to be a hitter instead of trying to be a powerful guy, the power is going to come.
Sanchez and Torres worked to improve defensively, with Sanchez refining his catching style and Torres becoming the starting shortstop.
When asked if this work could have led to their struggles in the plate, Thames replied that it could sometimes do, “but it’s my job to let them know how good they are. ”
Sometimes this season, it’s not that easy.
Thames, however, said he was confident their talent would continue to be on display.
“I know the batting average doesn’t show it, but if you’re chasing throws or hitting you’re going to get away with it,” Thames said. “My work and [assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere]The job of: To let them know they’re a really good hitter in the major leagues, so let’s stick with the process. … Take singles when they come and do what the game calls for. “