The Yankees have called up top catching prospect Gary Sanchez, the team announced.
LHP Tyler Olson was sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the roster.
Sanchez, 23, was hitting .288 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 27 games in Triple-A this season. He has been in the Yankees' minor league system since 2010 and has a .275 batting average with 94 home runs and 399 RBIs in 592 career minor league games.
Baseball America ranks Sanchez as the Yankees' second-best prospect. Baseball Prospectus ranks him third in the organization (92nd overall), while MLB Pipeline ranks him third in the organization (59th overall; second-best catching prospect). ESPN's Keith Law ranked him third with the Yankees and 57th overall.
Sanchez made his debut last year, going 0-for-2 with one strikeout in two at-bats.
It is unlikely that Sanchez will be replacing Austin Romine since the current backup catcher has done quite well in the role. Therefore, while Sanchez might be up for just the weekend series to face two tough left-handers, it does show some sort of pecking order for right-handed bats in the Yankees' minor league system.
The Yankees could have brought up outfielder Aaron Judge, who leads Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with seven home runs and 21 RBIs. Alternatively, the club had the option of recalling IF/OF Rob Refsnyder, who is riding a 16-game hitting streak and has some major league experience.
Instead, the Yankees chose Sanchez, who was the favorite to make the roster as Brian McCann's backup in spring training. However, Sanchez faltered at the plate and ended up losing the role to Romine. Considering past maturity issues with Sanchez, this call-up could be a reward for taking the assignment in stride and working hard to show the Yankees he is serious about becoming a major leaguer.