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.