Charleston RiverDogs catcher Gary Sanchez received the South Atlantic League Player of the Week Award for games played May 28 - June 3 on Monday. Over seven games during the week, Sanchez hit .414/.469.1.034 in seven games going 12-29 with five HR, three doubles, 19 RBI, nine runs, two walks, and a one stolen base.
The week started out for Sanchez with a 1-4, home run, three RBI performance against the Asheville Tourists on May 28 in Asheville. He followed that a 3-5, two double, HR, and tied his season high with seven RBI's. The powerful catcher also turned in a 3-5, two HR, double, five RBI performance on May 31 in Greenville against the Greenville Drive.
A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the 19-year-old catcher signed with the Yankees for $3-million as an international free agent in July 2009. A 6'2", 220 lb. right-handed hitter, Sanchez joins outfielder Tyler Austin and second baseman Angelo Gumbs as the RiverDogs third SAL Player of the Week winner this season. Austin won the first award of the year for games played April 5-15, and Gumbs took home the award for games played May 7-13.