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Video: Gary Sanchez makes an 84.1 mph throw

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Gary Sanchez #24 (C) of the New York Yankees and Joe Girardi #28 (L) of the New York Yankees celebrate their win over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on August 26, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 14-4. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

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Gary Sanchez’s strongest asset may still be his bat, but he’s starting to look like a force behind the plate, too. During Friday night’s series opener against the visiting Rays, Sanchez posted a Michael Pineda fastball directly to second base to catch Corey Dickerson off the bag.

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Defensive catching metrics have yet to be perfected, and Sanchez’s 22 cups of major league coffee are hardly enough to draw any substantial conclusions from. With that caveat, the 23-year-old sits sixth among major league catchers with four Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and fifth with three Stolen Base Runs Saved (rSB) in 187 innings at the dish.

A more pointed breakdown of Sanchez’s rocket to second base comes from’s Daren Willman:

Sure, it’s still a few ticks down from the 87.8 m.p.h. bullets he was firing back in August, but he’s got more than enough speed to quell any sizable threat on the basepaths.